11) I would like to know if there
is a system in place by which we can start
renting out a house and eventually become
ours in the future?
We will work towards helping all residents
improve their lives. Resident Services will
help provide programs so that essentially
you can go and buy your own place in the
12) What is being done about smoking
in our units? All this smoke is harmful
to our kids and adults.
HUD sent out a notice 2 yrs about having
non-smoking buildings and having a smoke
free public housing. There are a lot of
housing authorities that are doing this
already. We are currently working with the
County. There is a meeting to be schedules
next week with two managers because we are
going to start a pilot program soon. We
will offer a designated area for smokers.
13) What part of the housing area
“belongs” to a resident? And what should
you do if a child/person is on your property?
It is the responsibility of the property
managers to sit down with you and explain
all boundaries, rules and regulations concerning
units when you first come into housing.
Any units that have a patio, the patio is
the responsibility of the tenant. Any problems
or concerns should be raised and brought
up to your property manager.
14) Is It possible to place a coin
machines in the laundry rooms?
Yes we can look at providing a coin machine
at the properties. We will also have to
take into consideration the question of
15) Our patio is very open to noise
and traffic. If he hedge was allowed to
grow taller it would eliminate some of the
problems. Jo Root said she would build a
wall if there was enough money for it. But
a wall would make the patio hotter and is
an unnecessary expense. What can be done?
The Housing Authority creates a plan every
5 years. We look into what big repairs are
needed in our developments. Some of our
developments are older than others. We need
to make sure that our developments are in
compliance first before looking at cosmetic
changes. Anything that has to do with safety
is first priority. Anything cosmetic will
be considered when we have flexibility.
16) Is it realistic to have only
could water in the laundry room? It would
save money and most laundry detergents are
made for it?
The system at Johnson is a dual system.
This would be a matter of preference, we
will look into it. Keep in mind if we do
it for one client we would also have to
see if it’s a preference with others as
17) When will Westview Village Residents
begin to return after the remodel?
Westview (AMP 1) is the largest development
in Ventura. This project will take 9 or
10 years. Our plan is to develop it in phases.
We will start by demolishing 40 apartments
in the western corner. These residents will
also be the first to live in the new apartments.
We have been working with Celia to inform
residents who are located there. First phase
will start in 2012 and finish approximately
2 years after that. We will fully relocate
residents in accordance with the relocation
act while minimizing the discomfort of moving.
18) 9620 was at one time Sr. & disabled
only, but now we have become a mixture of
adults with many challenges: bipolar, physical,
mental, near homelessness, is this being
taken into consideration and what is currently
being done to help?
I have my team working on a package to send
to HUD in trying to make some of our senior
housing only for seniors. We are trying
to do that right now, but we are still working
on it, but as soon as we have that ready
we will be sending it to HUD.
19) Will the VHA help with the homeless
situation in the City of Ventura?
One of our partners, the Ventura Social
Services Task Force is dedicated to ending
homeless. For more information please visit
their website at: http://www.vsstf.org/
20) Can the Police Department answer
calls to 9620? Or 9050?
If you see a crime in progress, first thing
to do is to call the authorities and at
the same time let the Housing Authority
know, because your concerns are our concerns.
Together we can make our communities safer.
21) What are your plans for us disabled
residents in the future regarding housing
There are two projects that are universal
accessible. %10 of units are ADA accessible
as part of the city code. We are working
on a development in midtown Ventura geared
towards people with disabilities. If you
need a ramp or anything else please let
22) If I have items such as windows
or water heaters that would be good to fix
but not necessary, is there a program that
could help my landlord with those repairs?
The Housing Authority cannot enforce cosmetic
upgrades or repairs. The Housing Authority
can only ensure that all units that are
being occupied by residents meet housing
standards. If you notice something that
is going bad or will require fixing in the
future, please let your landlord know.