Since Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County launched this program in May 2011, five home preservations have been completed in Ventura County; four “A Brush with Kindness” homes and one Minor Repair home. The homes are located in Fillmore, Piru, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. Following the well-established Habitat for Humanity model, homeowners and family members contribute Sweat Equity hours and work in partnership with Habitat staff and volunteers.
Habitat volunteers recently completed a Major Repair home preservation in Saticoy, and we are currently working on a Neighborhood Revitalization Project (NRI) in Ventura’s Westside. Simi Valley, El Rio, Meiners Oaks, Saticoy and Oak Park are awaiting home preservation services.
To qualify for Preserve a Home services, the homeowner must complete an application AND meet the following requirements:
- Low- to very-low income: The applicant/homeowner income must be between 20% and 70% of Ventura County’s median income as recommended by HUD.
- Owner-occupied: The applicant and family must be living in the home that requires home preservation services.
- Need: The applicant/homeowner must demonstrate a specific need.
Please note that Habitat does not provide immediate service for repairs. After an application has been received, Habitat will conduct an initial interview and site visit. If all requirements are met (as noted above), Habitat staff and key volunteers will assess the home repairs needed and complete additional site visits and inspections.
How can I get involved as a volunteer?
To volunteer, please visit http://hfhvc.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index and sign up when dates are available.
Depending on the level of repair, the home may fall within one of the three Preserve a Home program components: (1) A Brush With Kindness, (2) Minor Repair, and (3) Major Repair. Regardless of the component and potential work involved, health and safety issues are reviewed and addressed as needed.
- A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) covers painting, landscaping and yard clean-up. All ABWK work is limited to the home’s exterior.
- Minor Repair includes work covered under ABWK, plus small repairs inside the home. Examples of minor repairs include: replacement of broken bulbs and/or light fixtures, installation of insulation, weather stripping around doors, swap-out for more energy efficient windows, replacement of smoke detectors, interior paint and caulking/re-sealing of sinks or tubs.
- Major Repair covers the work listed above, as well as plumbing, electrical work, roof replacement, flooring replacement, grab-bar installation, wheelchair ramp construction, and door widening for better wheelchair access.
Funding and Payment Options
- The qualified homeowner may pay back services rendered through a zero-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Monthly payments are based on the homeowner’s income; therefore, payments will be affordable and very easy to make.
- If a homeowner cannot afford services, corporate, group or individual sponsors may provide funding with a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County.
- The last means of funding is secured through County Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. After review and approval of the grant application, funds are awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County and monitored by HUD. For Fiscal Year 2012-2013 there are funds available to complete home preservation work in the city of Ventura, the city of Simi Valley and unincorporated areas of Ventura County such as Piru, Fillmore, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Meiners Oaks, Ojai, El Rio, Nyeland Acres, Port Hueneme and Oak Park.
Average costs and sponsorship levels
If you are an individual, service group, or business/corporation and would like to sponsor a family’s home preservation, sponsorship levels are listed below:
- A Brush with Kindness $0 – $5,000
- Minor Repair $5,000 – $15,000
- Major Repair $15,000 – $25,000
For more information, or to sponsor a project, please contact Felipe Flores at (805) 485-6065 , x202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.