Basic Needs, Housing, and Meals

Detailed information regarding housing, and resources to affordable options, senior housing, counseling, tenants’ rights, and enforcement.

Interface 211 of Ventura County (24hrs day/7 days a week) Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 for help. All conversations are confidential and available in multiple languages.

Basic Needs & Support Services for Homeless Individuals & Families

Emergency and Transitional Housing

Local Food Banks/Distribution Centers, Meal Programs, and Vouchers

Users may search by zip code/city, or type of need.

Additional Support Groups and Social Care Services

Affordable Housing Options

Two key programs for affordable housing based on income are the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program and Low-Rent Public Housing.

Through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, participants who are issued a voucher choose their own rental unit from a private landlord and the local housing authority pays part of ongoing rental costs directly to the landlord.

Through Low-Rent Public Housing, participants live in designated complexes owned and operated by a local Housing Authority and are charged rent that is 30% of the household’s income. Neither program provides a quick answer to affordable housing. However, if you are interested in these options for the future, the first step is applying to get on the wait lists of programs you are eligible for when you can.

Most housing authorities in Ventura County are not currently accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and wait-lists are closed. However, Housing Choice wait-lists will periodically open, so it’s important to keep an eye out and submit an application to be placed on the wait-list when the opportunity arises.

There are also affordable housing options available through nonprofit organizations.