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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.

Join the Ventura Social Services Task Force: VSSTF is a community-based organization whose mission is to create and implement an integrated community strategy to end homelessness in the City of Ventura.

Attend the Safe & Clean, Affordable Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee: City Council subcommittee that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm in the Community Meeting Room. Click here to see the agendas.

Need help? The City of Ventura has a lot of resources available for individuals, families, and businesses.

Here is an overview of some of the most helpful support available related to homelessness, maintaining inclusivity and diversity, and helping everyone learn and thrive.

No Panhandling

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.