HACSB recipient of competitive grant

Ventura, CA — The Community Services Department (CSD) within the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has been awarded a $35,000 grant that supports the HACSB’s goal of establishing and supporting resilient communities within HACSB’s affordable housing portfolio.

The CSD applied for this grant through the Morgan Stanley Supporting Resilient Communities Fund, which supports local organizations that demonstrate a local need, and a proposal to fulfill the local need with the help of the grant. For this grant, the HACSB, CSD, partnered with New Season Church Ventura outreach programs, also known as CITYKIDZ.  

In partnership with CITYKIDZ, the HACSB developed a proposal that will allow the CSD to expand and enhance programming efforts where the goal is to provide holistic services to support residents on their journey to self-sufficiency and overall well-being.

As part of the proposal, HACSB and CITYKIDZ committed to implementing a program to increase access and consumption of fresh produce; a provision to offer vouchers for local supermarkets and one on one access to dieticians. In the proposal, the HACSB and CITYKIDZ also commit to providing various resources that support the individual needs of the residents, such as health and well-being, mental health support, case management, housekeeping support, and other enrichment services.

Stephanie Spampanato, Deputy Director of Community Services said, “we are extremely grateful to Morgan Stanley for their generous funding which will allow us to expand and enhance programmatic opportunities for our residents at El Portal”.

“As a great carpenter once said, the secret to greatness is in serving everyone else, and that is what we believe here at CITYKIDZ. We are grateful for the support from Morgan Stanley, the HACSB, that allows us to serve our community,” said, Pastor Rafael Robles.

The services will benefit the residents of El Portal. El Portal is a development on Ventura Avenue, that the HACSB acquired, and recently rehabilitated into a 28-unit special needs complex. Twelve of those units were set aside for formerly homeless individuals.

To learn more about the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura, visit hacityventura.org.


The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura, with 219 public housing units, more than 1,480 Housing Choice Vouchers, and 821 nonprofit affordable rental units. The agency is actively working to increase the supply of affordable housing and improve the quality of life and help its residents achieve self-sufficiency and or age in place.