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.

A Letter From Supporters of Farmworkers and the Farmworker Household Assistance Program (FHAP)

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.

We are asking for your help to raise $250,000 in August and September. The FHAP will be funded by your contributions – every dollar of which will go directly to farmworker families in need. 

The County’s Human Services Agency will be implementing and administering the FHAP through their Farmworker Resource Program without any costs to the FHAP. This along with your donation will help many at-risk farmworker families in Ventura County with cash grants. Additionally, The Board of Supervisors will consider a match of donor funds up to $250,000 once donated funds are known. 

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

With gratitude,
Supporters of Farmworkers and the FHAP

Genevieve Flores-HaroMizteco/Indigina 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 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 money directly to households that meet all qualifications. The FRP is uniquely suited to this role as their mission is to connect farmworkers with needed resources, their staff is trilingual, and they already have a database of families in need. The County will cover all costs of their administrative work.

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. All donors and others who support farmworkers are invited to join.

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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