Winter warming shelter open in Oxnard for 2016-17 season, hosts over 100 clients first two nights

vcialis 40mg arial, vcialis 40mg sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>People in need of shelter have a safe place to sleep and eat a hot meal now that the West Ventura County Regional Winter Warming Shelter (WWS) is open seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. For the third consecutive year, the shelter is stationed at the Oxnard National Guard Armory, 351 S. K St. It is anticipated that the shelter will remain open through March 2017, pending additional funding. Updates will be posted at www.oxnard.org/housing-wintershelter.

A total of 56 clients were hosted at the shelter on its opening night, Dec. 6, 2016, and 49 people were hosted on Dec. 7, bringing the total number of shelter clients to 105 for the first two nights.

WWS clients are provided with bedding, a hot dinner and restroom and shower facilities. Additionally, WWS clients receive direct assistance and case management from service providers including the Ventura County Homeless Services, the Salvation Army, the Veterans Administration and the Ventura County Public Health and Behavioral Health agencies. Shelter clients from Ventura or other nearby cities receive bus passes to use during the day and to return to the shelter at night.

“The winter warming shelter provides a refuge for the homeless during inclement weather, in a safe place out of the elements,” said Arturo Casillas, director of the Oxnard Housing Department. “The leadership of our local cities and the county know that colder temperatures can represent a serious public health danger, and they have taken action to provide this safety net for the most vulnerable of our citizens.”

The WWS is operated by a regional consortium funded primarily by the cities of Oxnard and Ventura, and the County of Ventura. The three governmental entities jointly contract with a local firm, Advanced Tactical Training Institute, to operate the shelter including providing security and emergency medical technician staff.

Monetary donations needed

The cost to operate and staff the shelter is $80,000 per month. To date, the cities of Oxnard and Ventura have committed $69,000 and $73,000 respectively, and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors authorized $120,000 to help defray the costs of operating the shelter. 

“Our regional consortium needs to raise at least $80,000 in additional resources to be able to fund the shelter for the whole winter, and we will be seeking funding from other local cities and donations from private citizens so we can remain open through March,” said Karl Lawson, interim homeless services coordinator for the City of Oxnard.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Downtown Ventura Organization, P.O. Box 1414, Ventura, Calif. 93002. The non-profit organization is the fiscal agent for the regional consortium operating the shelter. Online contributions can be made at www.downtownventura.org. For more information about making a donation, call (805) 641-1090.

Homeless Shelter Oxnard 2012

Homeless Shelter Oxnard, 2012


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