“One City” fund = $10K

February 19, 2009

The last 20 minutes of an anti-homelessness event in Ventura on Monday served as the tipping point of the $10,000 mark raised to keep struggling people in their homes.

Sherry Cash, an activist with the local homeless prevention task force, said the money will go to protecting over 60 Ventura County families at risk of losing their homes due to financial crises or escalating bills that put one’s residence in danger.

The first annual fundraiser was held at the My Florist restaurant downtown capping off a weekend pledge drive called “One City, One Weekend, One Fund.” By 2:40 p.m., about $8,100 was earned through a combination of private and business donations; by 3 p.m., $10,000 was reached.

She said the money will be distributed through three groups on a rotating, monthly basis: Project Understanding, the Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities.

Interested parties can contact any one of those groups to see if they qualify for the special funding; families can receive up to $1,000, Cash notes, in aid.

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