VCAAA helping the community

Homeowners interested in participating must have one or more vacant bedrooms or a full home available to rent.

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program will welcome the New Year by offering several classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. All classes are free and open to the public.

Classes offered include Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, Walk with Ease, Stepping On, and A Matter of Balance. Each class emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls. Participants will learn methods to enhance and increase activity levels and mobility, making the changes necessary to reduce fall risks.

Individuals concerned about falls or those who have recently experienced a fall, as well as those who are interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength, are encouraged to participate.

To learn more about the Fall Prevention Program or classes offered, or to sign-up for a class, please contact the VCAAA Fall Prevention Coordinator, Dina Ontiveras, at 477-7343 or visit

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Homeshare program is continuing efforts to match local homeowners who are interested in assisting families with individuals displaced by the Thomas Fire. Homeowners in the Ventura County area who have vacant bedrooms or homes to rent under short-term agreements are encouraged to apply, as are individuals or families still looking for temporary or permanent housing. Individuals of all ages qualify. The VCAAA and Homeshare are an entity of the County of Ventura.

Many of the families affected by the fire are seeking short-term housing options as they work through the process of rebuilding or finding permanent housing.

Homeshare, which traditionally works to match homeowners wishing to rent rooms with home-seekers looking for affordable housing, has temporarily shifted its focus to assist those displaced by the Thomas Fire, and is asking for special consideration for full families who may also have pets.

Homeowners and those seeking residence will be asked to comply with program requirements, which include an application process and background check, however the process will be fast-tracked in an effort to secure short-term housing options for those most affected by the fires.

Homeowners interested in participating in the program must have one or more vacant bedrooms available to rent, or a full home available to rent. For more information, or to apply please call 477-7324. Applications are also available online at Please also follow the VCAAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for regular updates related to Homeshare and other VCAAA programs.

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals and their caregivers to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.

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