Vets Need Community Help to Find Homes

Veterans need help from property landlords so they can use their HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers to rent an affordable place to call home.

The VASH vouchers provide rental assistance to veterans and their families.

The Ventura County Homeless Count for 2017 was released in April, and 1,152 homeless individual and families were counted. Seven percent of the homeless reported they were veterans. Below are the numbers of homeless veterans reported for the past three years:

  • 2017: 80 total homeless veterans; 30 sheltered, 50 unsheltered; 30 unsheltered chronically homeless.
  • 2016: 77 total homeless veterans; 20 shelter; 57 unsheltered; 25 unsheltered chronically homeless.
  • 2015: 108 homeless veterans; 21 sheltered; 87 unsheltered; 50 unsheltered chronically homeless.

Some veterans are issued vouchers and excited about the chance to find a home, only to be disappointed because they are unable to locate a property or landlord that will accept it. The VASH voucher has a time limit of 90 days from the time it is issued. If the veteran cannot find a place to rent, the voucher expires and will need to be reissued. If you are a property manager, now is the time to join us and serve those who served us by making your property available to veterans with VASH vouchers. You will find helping a veteran in need to be a very rewarding experience.

If you are a property manager or landlord and want to help a veteran, please call me at 482-6550.


  • May is Military Appreciation Month. To all the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, your service is appreciated very much. Thank you for volunteering to serve your country.
  • New wheelchairs are available for veterans in need. The Knights of Columbus and the Wheelchair Mission partnered to provide new wheelchairs for veterans or their dependents at no cost. Supplies are limited. For more information, call 482-6550.
  • Do you know where the nearest veterans memorial is? To download information on the veterans memorials in Ventura County, visit


May 3: 6:30 p.m., Moorpark proclamation to the armed forces, Community Center Apricot Room, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. The city of Moorpark will demonstrate its appreciation for the men and women in uniform with a proclamation in honor of their service. Mayor Janice Parvin will present the proclamation to the commander of American Legion Moorpark Post 502. For information, call Jim Carpenter at 901-2133.

May 5: 3:30 p.m., Stand Down support meeting, Pacific Conference Room, Ventura County Hall of Justice, Ventura. The Ventura County Public Defender’s Office will meet with veterans organizations to collaborate on outreach so as many veterans as possible are contacted about the services provided at Stand Down. The Stand Down services include health care services, haircuts, jobs, shelter, showers, help with criminal and traffic cases in Ventura County Superior Court. Contact or call 477-7109 for more information.

May 10: 10 a.m to  2 p.m., Veterans Affairs open house, VA Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1690 Universe Circle, Oxnard. The Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting this free open house. Activities include a job fair, veterans’ benefits information and giveaways. VA benefits representatives, vet center representatives, and educational and local college representatives will be on hand. Contact Charles Green at 424-645-9865 for more information.

May 13: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anglers Anonymous Charity Golf Tournament, Los Robles Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Proceeds benefit Anglers Anonymous of America’s Ventura Chapter. The group aims to relieve stress brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder through fishing and other therapeutic activities. Cost is $125 per player. Contact Brian Barber at or call 827-9567.

May 16: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., legal clinic, Ventura County Community Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo. OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project is partnering with the Public Counsel Law Center to provide VA benefits and a clean slate legal clinic for veterans in Ventura County. Individuals with appointments will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys free of charge. Veterans must bring a copy of their record to the appointment. Space is limited. Call to make your appointment at 323-739-8093.

May 20: Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. To download the Armed Forces Day poster, visit Show your patriotism and fly your U.S. flag.

May 20: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., honoring veterans and military with a barbecue. Veterans Memorial Grove in Poindexter Park, 500 Poindexter Ave., Moorpark. Moorpark Post 502 of the American Legion will host its annual BBQ in the Park event for veterans, the military and their families. The fare will include hamburgers, hot dogs and all the usual stuff. We would like you to stop by, share your stories and hear a few of ours. For information, email or call 901-2133 or 750-0095.

May 23: 10:30 a.m., proclamation in recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors invites all military and veterans to attend as they issue a proclamation in recognition of Military Appreciation Month in the board meeting room at the Hall of Administration. The event is free and open to the public.

May 29: Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday to remember our U.S. armed forces’ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. If you want to honor those who have fallen, you can attend one of the services at several local cemeteries, volunteer to place flags on grave sites or donate to a veterans’ organization. Remember those who gave their lives for our freedom and fly your U.S. flag.

May 29: 11 a.m., 52nd annual “Lest We Forget” Memorial Day service, Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. Join Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Funeral Home & Crematory FD 1375 and the city of Camarillo as they honor the brave who sacrificed all. Keynote speaker is Capt. Jeffrey Kilian, USN, Commodore, 30th Naval Construction Regiment. Free to the public. For more information, call 482-1959 or visit

May 29: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Field of Valor, Tierra Rejada Park, 11900 Mountain Trail St., Moorpark. The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning will host the first Field of Valor in Moorpark, which will include a public display of 200 American flags. These flags will be set up as a tribute to veterans of the U.S. military who have passed away — either in service or through natural causes. Members of the public are welcome.The opening ceremony begins at noon. A procession will carry the flags into the park and various dignitaries and service members will speak. People can purchase a flag in honor of someone who served in the military. Flags must be purchased before the event at

Save the Date: July 28-30, Ventura County Stand Down, Army National Guard Armory, 1270 Arundell Ave., Ventura.  This is the 25th year for the Ventura County Stand Down. Financial support is needed to fund the event and assist our homeless veterans. To donate, visit or call 630-2431.

Every Thursday in May: 1 p.m. to 4 pm, eBenefits training, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continues to add electronic records to veterans’ portal called eBenefits. Free training is available. For more information, call 482-6550.

Contact JC Oberst at 482-6550 or To find more Memorial Day ceremonies and other veterans’ events, check the online calendar at 

Source: VC Star article from April 30, 2017