Donate to local social service groups and programs that have a proven track record with assisting homeless.
Giving to local charities instead of panhandlers helps homeless individuals access services they need to get off the streets. Please give a hand up, not a handout.
Show up for our community! There are volunteer opportunities happening right here in Ventura every day. Your support provides access to vital resources and skills that help people right here in our community.
The best way to stay up to date on all the new and continuing efforts throughout Ventura and homelessness in general is to get involved. Learn about our local committees, read the initiatives and join the teams.
Do you know someone who could use assistance? Download flyers and share with those in need.
If you'd like to connect immediately, please call 2-1-1, they will connect the individual with the appropriate services.
Giving money to panhandlers may make us feel good for a moment, but cash spent on feeding addictions shortens the life of homeless individuals and supports their ability to live on the street rather than get permanent help. So what makes us feel good in the short term is not good in the long term.
There's another way to help. Give to charities that provide meals, medical attention, case management and housing services that get people off the streets and focused on long-term solutions. Reducing homelessness requires all of us to say, "No," to panhandlers, which will help create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone.