Ventura County Farmworker Household Assistance Program Still Accepting Applications
Because of COVID, many Ventura County farmworkers are experiencing financial stress because they have lost their jobs, experienced reduced work hours or have had to stay home to care for ill family members. The Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP) in Ventura County aids farmworkers who may be in danger of losing their homes due to the COVID pandemic. The FHAP deadline for farmworkers to apply has closed (September 30), but qualified households may still apply and will be placed on a waiting list for grant awards.
FHAP provides a grant up to $1,500 per eligible household. Qualified applicants must be low-income agricultural workers who have lived in Ventura County for at least the last 30 days. Applicants will need to provide proof of COVID-related financial losses such as:
- Reduced work hours/layoffs/workplace closures
- Inability to work due to COVID-19 infection
- Missed work due to lack of child care or school closures
- Unexpected expenses due to government health orders or the need to self-quarantine
Applicants also will need to demonstrate they are unable to meet basic household expenses such as food, housing or medical care. Multi-lingual online videos are available to assist applicants with the process.
FHAP is a collaboration between agricultural employers and farmworker advocates working in partnership with the Ventura County Community Foundation, House Farm Workers!, the Farmworker Resource Program, and the County of Ventura. If you are interested in supporting the efforts of these groups and the FHAP, please visit https://vccf.org/fhap/ for further information.