Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP)

The Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP) was created to support Ventura County farmworkers who have been economically impacted by COVID-19.

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.  Every penny of your donation will go directly to farmworker families who are struggling to pay rent and other essential bills. To contribute to the Farmworker Household Assistance Program, donate here.

May 2021

Dear Community Member,

In 2020 many farmworkers in Ventura County experienced devastating economic loss due to the pandemic. The Farmworker Household Assistance Program, with community donations augmented by County covid-relief funds, sent $1000 grants to 3465 farmworker families.

Now in 2021, the pandemic’s devastation continues. Farmworker hardships have deepened and increased as debts pile up, rent goes unpaid, and families become increasingly desperate. Emergency assistance is needed now.

In the next few months the 2021 Farmworker Household Assistance Program will solicit donations in order to give grants of $500 – $1000 to as many families as possible.

Please give what you can, as soon as you can. When donations reach $100,000, VCCF will add $50,000 through a matching fund campaign, so every dollar you give will be increased by 50%.

Every penny donated goes directly to a struggling farmworker family. Thank you for supporting Ventura County’s essential farmworkers!

The FHAP Organizing Committee,

Genevieve Flores-HaroMixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Ellen Brokaw, Brokaw Ranch Company, House Farm Workers!
Linda Braunschweiger, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, House Farm Workers!
A. Irene de Barracicua, Lideres Campesinas
Debbie JacksonHouse Farm Workers!
Yissel Barajas, Reiter Affiliated Companies

April 2021

Dear Community Member,

In 2020 many farmworkers in Ventura County experienced devastating economic loss due to the pandemic. The Farmworker Household Assistance Program, with community donations augmented by County COVID-relief funds, sent $1000 grants to 3465 farmworker families.

Now in 2021, the pandemic’s devastation continues. Farmworker hardships have deepened and increased as debts pile up, rent goes unpaid, and families become increasingly desperate. Emergency assistance is needed now.

In the next few months the 2021 Farmworker Household Assistance Program will solicit donations in order to give grants of $500 – $1000 to as many families as possible.

Please give what you can, as soon as you can. Your $1.00 gift will add $1.50 to the Fund through a challenge match of $50,000 provided by the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Every penny donated goes directly to a struggling farmworker family.

Thank you for supporting Ventura County’s essential farmworkers!

The FHAP Organizing Committee,

Genevieve Flores-HaroMixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Ellen Brokaw, Brokaw Ranch Company, House Farm Workers!
Linda Braunschweiger, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, House Farm Workers!
A. Irene de Barracicua, Lideres Campesinas
Debbie JacksonHouse Farm Workers!
Yissel Barajas, Reiter Affiliated Companies

March 2021

Dear Community Member,

In 2020 many farmworkers in Ventura County experienced devastating economic loss due to the pandemic. Although designated “essential workers”, many lost their jobs, had their work hours reduced, or stayed home to care for children or sick relatives.

The Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP), created in Summer 2020, is a partnership between House Farm Workers!, the Ventura County Community Foundation and the County’s Farmworker Resource Program. FHAP began soliciting donations to help farmworkers pay for basic needs and keep them from losing their housing. The community stepped up with 173 donations ranging from $20 to $100,000 and totaling more than $400,000.

However the need for assistance, demonstrated by the number of applications received, far exceeded our funding capacity. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors responded to the need and generously added more than $3 million so that every qualifying farmworker applicant could be helped. In December 2020, 3,465 farmworker households received $1000 checks!

Now, in 2021, the pandemic’s devastation continues. Farmworker hardships have deepened and increased as debts pile up, rent goes unpaid, and families have become increasingly desperate. Assistance is urgently needed and so FHAP PHASE TWO is
underway with a new goal to help 500 families by raising $500,000.

Every penny you give will go directly to a struggling farmworker family.

Thank you for helping in any way you can!

Supporters of Farmworkers and the FHAP,

Genevieve Flores-HaroMixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Ellen Brokaw, Brokaw Ranch Company, House Farm Workers!
Linda Braunschweiger, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, House Farm Workers!
A. Irene de Barracicua, Lideres Campesinas
Debbie JacksonHouse Farm Workers!
Yissel Barajas, Reiter Affiliated Companies

Dear Community Member,

Many farmworkers in our community are experiencing devastating economic impacts due to Covid-19. Although farmworkers are designated “essential workers”, many have lost their jobs, experienced reduced work hours, or have needed to stay home to care for children or sick family members. These men and women who tend the crops and make possible the green vistas and fresh food that we all enjoy are now struggling to meet basic needs.

We are a group of agricultural employers and farmworker advocates addressing the urgent need to keep farmworkers from becoming homeless by creating this Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP), to be supported by private donations.

Our partners in this emergency program are House Farm Workers! (HFW) the fund sponsors, Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) which is hosting the FHAP Fund, and the County of Ventura which is not only providing matching dollars but administering the program through its Farm Worker Resource Program (FRP) housed in the Human Services Agency. Neither VCCF nor the County are charging administrative fees, so every dollar donated will go directly to households in need via grants of $1200 or more.

In the month of September, 101 donors large and small gave $145,000 which, when matched, will help 242 farm worker families. When we set the original goal to raise $250,000 which the Board of Supervisors agreed to match, we had no idea that so many families were struggling. The Farm Worker Resource Program has received 4000 applications for assistance. Our new fundraising goal, in response to this overwhelming need, is $400.000 – ambitious but doable with your support.

We can’t do it without you! Please give generously and soon.

With gratitude,
Supporters of Farmworkers and the FHAP

Genevieve Flores-HaroMixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Ellen Brokaw, Brokaw Ranch Company, House Farm Workers!
Linda Braunschweiger, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, House Farm Workers!
A. Irene de Barracicua, Lideres Campesinas
Alondra SernaHouse Farm Workers!
Yissel Barajas, Reiter Affiliated Companies

 

Partnering with County of Ventura, Ventura County Community Foundation, House Farm Workers! and the Farmworker Resource Program.

Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP) — Fact Sheet

Ventura County farmworkers who are unable to cover basic needs and in danger of losing their homes due to Covid-related financial hardship. 

Tax deductible donations will be securely deposited in a new FHAP fund at the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF). The Foundation will in turn grant the money to the Farmworker Resource Program (FRP) in the County of Ventura’s Human Services Agency. No fees will be charged by VCCF or the County.

FRP will solicit and screen applications and distribute $500 to $1000 grants directly to qualified households. The FRP is uniquely suited to this role as their mission is to connect farmworkers with needed resources and their staff is trilingual.

Applicants must be low-income agricultural workers and have lived in Ventura County for at least 30 days. Proof is required of Covid-related financial loss and of basic household expenses which the applicant is unable to pay.

The informal committee that created the program will now become the FHAP Oversight/Advisory Committee. 

Please visit our Facebook page for more information.

To Donate Online

Click below to contribute to the Farmworker Household Assistance Program Fund.

To Donate by Mail

Please make checks out to Ventura County Community Foundation and write “FARMHAP Fund” in the memo line. 

Checks may be mailed to:
Ventura County Community Foundation
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite A, Camarillo, CA 93012

Your donation is tax deductible.  Ventura County Community Foundation’s tax identification number is 77-0165029.

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