LSSSC Receives $20,000 Community Development Block Grant from City of Camarillo


Lutheran Social Services of Southern California Receives $20,000 Community Development Block Grant from City of Camarillo

Newly awarded grant to support programs and services in Ventura County area office.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2020 – Lutheran Social Services of Southern California today announced the award of a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the city of Camarillo, to support the continuum of care in its Ventura County housing rehabilitation program.  The newly awarded grant, funded through the HUD exchange program, will be administered through the LSS Ventura County office.

“We are beyond grateful to be selected as a 2020 recipient of the CDB grant”, said LSS Ventura County Area Director, Dichele Harris. “Our programs service hundreds of families and individuals each year and this funding will only help to further stabilize their situations and in turn our community, as well.”

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

This marks the second consecutive year that the LSS Ventura County office has been selected as CDBG awardee.  The first was in 2019 when the office successfully partnered with the Ventura County Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. A county initiative which seeks to offer suitable living environments for all and viably sustainable community housing.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California has a legacy of meeting the needs of the vulnerable in our communities since 1946.  We unite with individuals, churches, businesses, civic leaders, government agencies and other stakeholders for one goal; breaking the cycle of poverty one family at a time.  Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California. 


Contact:         Darren Veracruz
Chief Philanthropy Officer
                        (714) 263-1426 

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  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
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