Through the GCVF Housing and Financial Assistance program, our ultimate goal is to reduce feelings of dislocation by connecting local veterans to essential services, helping them find suitable housing, and optimizing self-sufficiency among the individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Securing our veteran population in order to reduce homelessness is beneficial for both our local veterans and our community as a whole.
It’s an unfortunate circumstance that many veterans who return home are unable to afford housing. At GCVF, we feel strongly about the well-being and livelihood of veterans in our community. Therefore, through our Housing and Financial Assistance program, we aim to help transitioning and currently homeless veterans find suitable housing.
How We Connect Veterans to Housing
- We identify these transitioning and homeless veterans, whether they reach out to us or we find them on the streets.
- If you know a homeless veteran in the Ventura County area, please call us at 805-482-6550 so that we can connect that veteran to immediate resources and arrange to have him/her go into a transitional house or homeless facility.)
- We connect these veterans to initial resources to help them out, such as basic health benefits and disability benefits.
- We connect veterans with financial challenges to a financial coach who specializes and understands the unique challenges of military families. (More information on this service can be found further down this page.)
- We partner with local landlords in order to secure affordable housing options.
- If you are a landlord or property manager who wants to serve our veterans who served us, including veterans with VASH vouchers, please contact Amy Duganne, Housing Specialist County Consultant, at 805-654-2876 or email@example.com. (More information about how willing landlords can end veteran homelessness can be found by clicking here.)
- We coordinate with VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) to promote access to mainstream programs targeting homelessness.
- We collaborate with Continuum of Care, a program available through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exchange, as well as other local government agencies that offer assistance for low-income and homeless Veterans.
- We dedicate a great deal of time to the application process for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. VASH vouchers are awarded based on geographic need and the administrative performance of the public housing agency (PHA).
Are you a veteran or military member experiencing financial challenges? Do you have debt or credit problems? Trying to buy a house? We can help!
Lucía Trujillo, JD, AFC®, FFC®, provides financial coaching services free of charge to veterans, currently serving military members, and their families at Gold Coast Veterans Foundation on Wednesdays by appointment. Lucía can help with the following:
- Getting out of debt
- Setting up personal budgets
- Dealing with credit issues
- Saving for a house
- Managing your money
Lucía works with you to set goals and achieve them in a way that works for veterans. She works extensively with veterans and understands the unique challenges and strengths of veterans and military families.
To make an appointment, call Lucía at 805-232-3551.