On June 8, the 2017 Affordable Housing Bus Tour rolled into Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s Snapdragon Place Apartments to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing in Ventura County.
The event, part of Cabrillo’s 35th Anniversary celebration, offered 42 community members the opportunity to get up-close and personal with affordable housing, its residents, and management staff. Tours also showed participants that affordable housing properties can be beautiful and leaders in green building concepts and community building with features such as playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, pools and community rooms that foster resident activities and educational programs.
The tour consisted of three stops with tours of Snapdragon Place Apartments, Azahar Place Apartments and Villa Cesar Chavez Apartments. The tour also passed by The Santa Paulan, one of Cabrillo’s refurbished properties, and future development sites, including Phase II of Snapdragon Place Apartments and the Etting Road property site. Funding is being sought for Phase II of Snapdragon Apartments, and Etting Road is in the planning stages. Lunch was provided at Azahar Place Apartments and tours of resident’s homes were offered at some of the stops.
The group of 42 participants included elected officials or their representatives; partners of Cabrillo’s Resident and Community Services Department, including other nonprofits such as FOOD Share, MICOP, United Way, House Farm Workers!, and VCCF; City of Oxnard, City of Ventura and County of Ventura management and planning personnel; funders and investors; members of other community development organizations; and media representatives.
“Cabrillo, including our executive team and planning staff, were extremely pleased with the event,” said Jeanette Villanueva, Advancement Manager at Cabrillo. “This event provided those important to fulfilling Cabrillo’s mission with a first-hand experience of our affordable housing properties. This essentially brought our mission to life. As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, these important connections will help Cabrillo continue to thrive and make an even bigger impact in Ventura County.”