VC Star, published July 6, 2017; Tyler Hersko , Tyler.Hersko@vcstar.com, 805-437-0312
For Leticia Chavez, a Ventura resident and mother of two, affordable housing is not a controversial political issue, but an important factor in providing a safe environment for her family and an opportunity to be a contributing member of society.
“I used to live in a garage with my family,” Chavez, 49, said. “Now, instead of sleeping on a couch, each of my daughters has their own room and I can provide a safer, better standard of living for my family. It’s a priority to have dignified, safe housing for our community.”
Chavez is one of approximately 248 tenants in Ventura’s Azahar Place Apartments, a complex that dedicates 60 of its housing units to low-income families and farmworkers. The property, managed by Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, which advocates for and provides affordable housing initiatives, allows individuals such as Chavez to raise their families in a clean and affordable community. Chavez has lived in the Azahar Place Apartments since it opened five years ago and noted that without the property’s affordable rent, her family would be forced to live in substandard and unsafe housing such as garages.