Homeless Shelters and Services in Ventura/Oxnard

By Lori Denman-Underhill

To assist the homeless community, here is a list of shelters and other facilities that offer assistance. The websites and documents list additional assistance.

Persons who need shelter are urged to call or visit the shelter to inquire of space.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Child/Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (805) 654-3200
  • Call 211 for shelter information
  • Homeless Assistance Hotline (Monday-Saturday, 8-4): (805) 639-3600
  • Services for Homeless People: (805) 385-1800
  • Catholic Charities, Oxnard: (805) 486-2900
  • Project Understanding, Ventura: (805) 652-1326
  • Interface Youth Outreach (will send team out to contact youth aged 12-21 on the streets): (805) 469-5882

Homeless Shelters



List of Local Shelters and Beds Available (at time of publication)


 Year-Round Shelters

  • Lighthouse Women’s & Children’s Mission: (805) 385-7200. 104 N. Hayes, Oxnard. https://vcrescuemission.org/lighthouse/. 112 beds. Serves single women, mother with children (boys up to 10 years old). Requirements: TB test, drug panel test and Breathalyzer and random testing. Criteria: attend a church of their choice on Sundays and also bible study and other classes there. Non narcotic. No methadone. Be gone from 830am to 430pm looking for employment. 5pm curfew. 30-day supply for mental. Be stable on meds before entry and seeing a therapist. Process starts Monday to Friday at 9am for phone interview to enter shelter. Intake not on weekends.
  • Ventura County Rescue Mission (men only): (805) 487-1234. 234 E. 6th, Oxnard. 125 beds. Overnight shelter, first come first serve, 5pm. Must do Breathalyzer clean for entry and TB test. Their “live in recovery program” sobriety program is 10-month, case based, interviews M-Th. Call/arrive at 5pm for bed.
  • Kingdom Center/Gabriel’s House Women’s Shelter, Oxnard: (805) 487-3445. 1450 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. http://gabriels-house.org/resident-program/. Houses 40 women and children. Serves single women and women with children. As stated by a representative, the requirements are as followed: TB test, be motivated to get documentation including CA ID, personal document with SSN. If a family, obtain birth certificate. Counseling service. These steps help them find a job. Depending upon cases, they monitor and encourage sobriety. They are faith based but it is not mandatory. They have an emergency program and a transition program. Their largest goal is that they are actively seeking employment, and getting back into the workforce. Then the person eventually leaves once they are working. They also do family reunification, aiming towards reuniting with their child or family. They aim to also serve different levels of recovery and all walks of life.
  • The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter/Ventura Transitional Living Center: (805) 648-4977; 155 S. Oak St., Ventura. https://venturatlc.salvationarmy.org. 12 beds. Homeless single men and women. Requirements: You do not need to be sober upon entry, but when you start staying, a longer intake process includes a drug test and going sober. Not being sober does not disallow entry. They offer transitional living, counseling, life skills classes, parenting classes, case management and housing placement assistance.
  • New Hope (men only); (805) 650-1514; http://www.newhoperecoveryhome.com/about/ 1698 Swift Ave.; Ventura. 12 beds. New Hope offers assistance to those ready to be sober and head down the road to recovery. They help a person develop skills needed to live in sobriety, stay healthy and be responsible.
  • Freedom House: (805) 357-9537; 611 W. 5th, Oxnard. 30 to 90-day inpatient rehab.
  • C Street Family Plan: (805) 616-4269; 619 W. First St., Oxnard. thecstreetfamilyplan.com. Christian program for men. Call for info. 24 men capacity. Educational program. Bipolar behavioral health, jail exit walk-in. Rent is 500/mo. Clients can sign up for general relief and food stamps.
  • Vincent De Paul: (805) 754-2089. No shelter. It’s in LA for men.
  • El Patio Hotel: (805) 643-9703; call for info.
  • Ruben’s Place/Ventura Serenity House; (805) 415-7800; 30 W. Barnett St., Ventura. Call for space. provides a safe place for men and women to learn tools to live a sober life. They use The Big Book, Meeting Directory; house meetings and built-in support group.
  • Our Place Safe Haven/Turning Point: (mentally ill); (805) 652-2151; 536 E. Thompson; https://turningpointfoundation.org/housing/; They have housing for mentally ill and they connect them with physicians; Veteran’s Transitional Housing; Permanent Supported Housing for those who were homeless/mentally ill. Includes three places with a total of 49 beds. Call for requirements; River Haven (Turning Point set up Geodesic domes by the river, gave them to the homeless)
  • Winter shelters are open Dec. to March

Homeless Services, West Ventura County (Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and Ventura)


Homeless Services East Ventura County


Drug/Alcohol Services

  • 24-Hour Helpline: 211
  • County Alcohol/Drug Line: 981-9200
  • AA: (805) 389-1444
  • Oxnard Center: 981-9200
  • Ventura Center: 652-6919
  • Khepera House: 653-2596
  • New Start for Moms: 981-9250
  • Palmer Drug/Alcohol Abuse Program: 482-1265
  • Prototypes (women, children): 382-6296
  • Teen Challenge: 648-3295
  • Victory Outreach: 988-4102


  • Crisis Team, 24 Hours/Mental Health Housing/STAR: 1-866-998-2243
  • Turning Point Foundation/Our Place Safe Haven: (805) 652-2151; 557 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura; turningpointfoundation.org; Helping those facing mental illness to stay or become functioning and integral members of society; Turning Point runs Our Place Safe Haven shelter
  • Ventura County Mental Health Services: 477-5700
  • C Street Family Plan (see above)

Additional Services for Homeless:

  • Project Understanding “Giving a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out”; This group provides hope by developing and directing resources to transform lives and help people attain independence. (805) 231-2299, M-F, 9-4 http://www.projectunderstanding.org; Programs include “Homeless to Home,” for homeless looking for help to find housing (call for requirements) and Tender Life Maternity Home
  • Vincent De Paul at the San Buenaventura Mission. Call for information on housing.
  • Project Understanding; (805) 652-1326; 2734 Johnson Dr. #E. Not a shelter. They are a food pantry. They help with rental assistance and getting homeless off the streets.

Donations are always welcome for all of these shelters.

Lori Denman-Underhill has been a professional journalist since 1996. She has worked as associate editor for the Los Angeles Daily News TODAY Magazines and has freelanced for LA Weekly, Surfline.com and more. She is now the Ventura reporter for Citizens Journal.

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