Help house a family in need today

Cabrillo's mission helps people who need it most – farmworkers, low-income families, veterans, seniors and those with disabilities. People like Liza Fernandez.

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Cabrillo's mission helps people who need it most – farmworkers, low-income families, veterans, seniors and those with disabilities. People like Liza Fernandez.

Affordable housing makes dreams come true

Liza Fernandez, a mother of three boys ages 28, 23 and 15, says she was forced to spend time away from her children. She said the older boys would sleep in their cars and the youngest would sleep with friends in her congregation before moving into her new affordable housing apartment built by Cabrillo.

“It was hard to be apart from my boys. I had to sleep in the street and the beach. It was very hard and very challenging emotionally and mentally, especially mentally. … Now I can comfort them. They don’t have to sleep in their cars. They don’t have to worry about taking a shower. I wake up in the morning and I feel like a mom again,” Fernandez said

“It’s a great feeling to feel that way again. They opened the door for me. It is a beautiful place and I am very grateful and thankful for the opportunity to be a mom and a place to call my home,” she said.

The need for affordable housing is critical, especially in high-cost areas like ours. Poor families spend more than half of their income on rent, leaving too little for food and medical care. For this reason, we sincerely hope you will join us as a 2020 sponsor. Every dollar you invest will be used to make a difference in our community.

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization committed to affordable housing. With public support last year, we housed more than 4,000 low-income residents and opened Phase II of our Snapdragon Place Apartments in Ventura for homeless veterans and families who need it most. Through community partnerships, we provided after-school and summer education programs; Implemented pantries and FOOD Share programs at six properties; held a number of financial literacy, immigration rights and nutrition workshops for our residents; and awarded $12,500 in scholarships to 14 students through the Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund.

With your help, we can do so much more in 2020! We can move forward together to create a broader vision of helping local residents.

Will you help house a family in need and make a difference today?