Ventura County Center

Since 2002 the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Social Services’ Ventura County Center had operated the Winter Warming Shelter in western Ventura County, providing a temporary respite for thousands of homeless individuals and families.   In 2013, the Society changed its approach to enable us to implement more permanent solutions to homelessness.  With the creation of our Intensive Case Management and Housing program (ICMHP) we are able to help individuals and families that have come onto hard times, and are in need of assistance to get back on their feet throughout the entire year. The ICMHP is designed to serve low income individuals, and families without housing, or at risk of losing their housing.  Through funding made available private foundations such as the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, the Gene Haas Foundation, and local and federal government, clients have been assisted with move-in, and/or rental assistance.

Our Intensive Case Management and Housing Program uses a multi-step protocol that helps individuals and families achieve their desired goals. Our team of case managers and housing specialist provide support based on the client’s assessed needs.  In order to be successful, an individualized case plan is developed, identifying strengths, and challenges.  Resources are located, and an assigned case manager from our team works with the client, meeting frequently to track progress, and make adjustments to the plan. To achieve these goals, the Society’s social services program provides: Access to housing resources, health and mental health support and referrals, community engagement, as well as prevention and intervention regarding housing issues.   We aim to help with more than just housing.  The intent of our programming is not just to see that people are housed, but to help them develop the life skills necessary to find and sustain permanent housing, and enjoy their independence.

For more information please contact us at 805-754-2089 or venturacountycenter@svdpla.org