May 2018
House Farm Workers!
Working to promote safe, decent, and affordable housing for all
Ventura County farm workers since 2004.
Recent Events
Fillmore city committee
In February, Many Mansions met with the House Farm Workers! Fillmore committee, a group comprised of youth advocates from One Step a la Vez , to discuss the plans for their new affordable housing project. We reviewed the plans for “Mountain View”, a Fillmore development that will include 81 affordable units. The committee also gave feedback on what amenities should be included in the project. We are looking forward to working with Many Mansions to support the project.
Rancho Verde
On March 28 we attended the Rancho Verde Apartments Groundbreaking! Rancho Verde will be a 24‐unit multi‐family rental development for farm worker households earning between 30% and 50% area median income. The property is part of the Hansen Trust Specific Plan Area. House Farm Workers! has been a supporter of this project since the beginning. Thank you to the Housing Authority of San Buenaventura for your commitment to affordable housing for our farm workers!
CSUCI Cosechando Justicia Panel
On March 29, we participated in the CSUCI panel discussion “Honoring Cesar Chavez: Cosechando Justicia” with staff from CAUSE and local filmmaker Julio Alcala. Program Director Alondra Serna sat on the panel, discussed farm worker housing issues and shared ways that the 40 participants could get involved in local advocacy.
Farm Worker Immersion Project 2018
On March 30 House Farm Workers! and CSUCI's Center for Community Engagement had another successful Farm Worker Immersion project. This annual project has been made possible because of our partners Reiter Affiliated Companies, which provides us access to a local berry farm, and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) , which provides access to a farm worker housing development and a chance to speak with farm worker residents. This year, we were able to partner with the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) , which provided more information on the issues facing the indigenous community, many whom are farm workers. Fourty CSUCI students had the opportunity to learn about Ventura County agriculture, what it’s like to work in the fields, farm worker access to health services and the importance of safe, decent, affordable housing for our farm worker community. 
CEDC Snapdragon
On April 5, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation and the Housing Authority of San Buenaventura broke ground on Snapdragon Place, Phase II. The 22-unit project includes 11 special needs units, of which four are designated for homeless veterans through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH) and seven non-VASH units.
Scholarship Info Night
On April 9th, we participated in a Scholarship Information Night with Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation and CSUCI’s University Culture program. We answered questions about the House Farm Workers! Ellen Brokaw Scholarship.
Nopa event and donation
In 2017, Nopa restaurant in San Francisco started the Civic Table Project, where they host dinner conversations on issues that impact all of us. They donate the proceeds from each event to a charity whose mission aligns with the topic for each dinner. On November 9, they hosted a conversation on Immigration. Board member Ellen Brokaw was able to attend and share her expertise on the issue of farm worker housing. Nopa and the Civic Table Project donated the $2,000 that was raised at that event to House Farm Workers! We are so grateful for the support from our friends up North.
Photo credit: Chandler Sowden
Have you watched our latest video made with youth at One Step a la Vez?
Things to Know
From Field to Fork

Save the date for our 8th annual fundraiser!

On July 19, 2018 join us for a celebration of food, farms, and farm workers. This event brings together farmers who produce Ventura County's agricultural bounty, chefs who celebrate that bounty on their menus, and the farm workers whose labor makes it all possible.

Date: Thursday, July 19
Time: 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark

Tickets will go on sale May 18th. Click here to purchase.
Volunteer Appreciation
We love our volunteers. Are you excited to get involved? Many hands make light work.
 House Farm Workers! has established committees in Ventura County. These volunteer-driven committees are the heart of the organization and have played a critical role in advocating on behalf of the farm worker community for the past 10 years. The city groups mobilize public support, engage public officials, and collaborate with other grassroots organizations to ensure affordable housing for farm workers.

Interested? Click below for more information.
Donor Spotlight
Sending out a heartfelt thank you to all who supported our annual campaign.

We raised over $19,000 in our Giving Tuesday campaign and direct mail annual appeal! Your donations will support our ongoing efforts to promote safe, decent, and affordable housing for farm workers. Those efforts include local farm worker housing advocacy at the city and county levels, informing our community about the need and ways to advocate, and cultivating the next generation of farm worker housing advocate leaders through our farm worker immersion programs.

Donations to House Farm Workers! are always welcome and are tax-deductible. To donate and support our ongoing work, click below.
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