City of Ventura seeks public input on draft action plan

The City of Ventura invites public feedback on its draft action plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This federally funded initiative aims to address housing needs and serve low-income, homeless, and special-needs populations in Ventura.

“Community service groups play a vital role in fulfilling the spirit of intent with this funding, ensuring that those in need are provided with essential support and resources,” said Mayor Joe Schroeder. “These funds are instrumental in uplifting our community and creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for all residents.”

Through the CDBG program, nonprofits can secure funding for projects and programs that enhance neighborhoods, promote economic development, and address community needs. The draft 2024-2025 Action Plan outlines the City’s approach to align with the objectives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), focusing on providing adequate housing and fostering economic revitalization.

During the December 2023 to February 2024 application period, Ventura received nine applications requesting a total of $1.3 million in funding, a significant uptick from the typical annual allocation of just over $600,000. This competitive process underscores the community’s growing needs and the City’s commitment to allocate resources effectively.

The City encourages the public to share their viewpoints and recommendations during the review phase, with feedback accepted until April 26.

The upcoming City Council meeting on May 7, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. will discuss funding allocations for the 2024-2025 period under the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and adopt the Annual Action and Funding Plan for submission to HUD.

Residents are encouraged to engage with the City’s funding decisions and plans by reviewing the draft Action Plan and application summaries available online and providing feedback during the 30-day comment period. Written communications may be submitted online at

To review the draft Action Plan and application summaries, visit the City’s website at

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