2017-07-14 / Neighbors

Housing fundraiser at Ranch

The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund will host its annual fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21 at the Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road.

The event will address the lack of affordable housing in Ventura County and the impact it’s having on job and economic growth in all industries, including agriculture.

Keynote speaker will be Hector Lujan, the new CEO of berry-producer Reiter Affiliated Companies.

RAC has grown from a five-person family farm in Oxnard to a worldwide operation.

Lujan will discuss farmworker housing models in other areas, the role of the business community in ensuring a skilled workforce and the economic effect the lack of affordable housing is having on local agriculture.

Dr. Joe Mendoza, director of special populations/migrant workers at the Ventura County Office of Education, will provide a local and personal perspective.

Mendoza directs education outreach to the local agriculture community and its students.

The evening will include a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner; a reception with appetizers, locally produced wine and beer, entertainment and games; recognition of Lynn Jacobs Memorial Fund donors; and raffle and silent auction.

Funds raised will support the creation of more affordable housing. Advance tickets are $55 each or two for $100. Guests can purchase an extra ticket to be donated to local agricultural families.

For more information, visit www.VCHousingTrustFund.org/2017-event, email Karen@ VCHousingTrustFund.org or call (805) 330-6987.

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