Ladling Out The Love


This editorial originally appeared in Conejo Valley Lifestyle, on Oct 24, 2017,
“Ladling Out The Love”


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The Conejo Valley and its environs are wonderful places to live, but finding affordable housing for our homeless and low-income residents is often an issue. In fact, the dearth of affordable housing in our area has been an ongoing topic of discussion for nearly 40 years.

In early 1979, Frank Schillo called Thousand Oaks civic leaders together to try to find a solution to the high cost of housing here. Representatives of city government, business and faith communities, service clubs, nonprofits and others gathered to discuss ways of meeting the housing challenges.

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County’s first permanent housing for veterans near ready for Oxnard groundbreaking

This editorial originally appeared in VC Star, on Nov 29, 2017,
“County’s first permanent housing for veterans near ready for Oxnard groundbreaking”

Action from the Oxnard City Council on Tuesday paved the way for a couple of affordable-housing projects.

With the approval of state bond allocations, nonprofit Many Mansions has secured enough funding to build Ventura County’s first permanent housing for veterans.

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Car-sharing program offers a lift to Many Mansion residents in Thousand Oaks


This editorial originally appeared in VC Star, on Aug 31, 2017,
“Car-sharing program offers a lift to Many Mansion residents in Thousand Oaks”

A low-cost car-sharing service offered by General Motors will be available to residents of two Many Mansions affordable-housing locations. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

A car-sharing program launched Thursday at two of Many Mansions’ Thousand Oaks properties will allow residents to rent a vehicle for a small fee.

Maven, a car-sharing program created by General Motors, opened with a new Chevrolet Cruze at the shared parking lot at Many Mansions’ Esseff Village and Villa Garcia apartments at 1425 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Residents will be able to rent the vehicle for $8 an hour, gas and insurance included.

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T.O.’s Many Mansions gets $5M grant to build veterans housing

This editorial originally appeared in Thousand Oaks Acorn, on July 6, 2017,
“T.O.’s Many Mansions gets $5M grant to build veterans housing”

Apartments will be in Oxnard

A Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit provider of affordable housing has received over $5 million from the state to build 40 apartments for homeless veterans.

Many Mansions is scheduled to complete the project in Oxnard by January.

Along with $5.6 million from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, the nonprofit received $800,000 from the city of Oxnard’s Housing Authority and another $210,000 from the county for the project.

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Many Mansions: Affordable Housing For Low-Income Residents

This editorial originally appeared in Our Ventura TV, on June 16, 2017,
“Many Mansions: Affordable Housing For Low-Income Residents”

Rick Schroeder speaks with Sandra Siepak about Many Mansions, which provides managed, service-enriched, affordable housing to low-income residents of Ventura County and its surrounding communities.

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Many Mansions, honored as Nonprofit of the Year

This editorial originally appeared in Ventura County Star, on July 4, 2017,
“Many Mansions, Conejo Schools Foundation honored as Nonprofit of the Year”

Two local nonprofits received California’s Nonprofit of the Year award during a ceremony in Sacramento last month.

Affordable housing developer Many Mansions and Conejo Schools Foundation, an education and social service organization, were among about 100 California nonprofits to be honored by state politicians. Leaders from both organizations were flown to Sacramento for a celebratory lunch and tour of the Senate floor. Additionally, all honored nonprofits received plaques to commemorate their ongoing service.

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Many Mansions Builds a Firm Foundation for Community

This editorial originally appeared in Conejo Valley Lifestyle, on June 23, 2017,
“Many Mansions Builds A Firm Foundation for Community”

In 1979, community members of Thousand Oaks came together in response to the housing crisis plaguing their neighbors, especially those who were becoming homeless or being forced to live in overcrowded, run-down, and crime-ridden housing.

These individuals represented a wide segment of Thousand Oaks, including the faith community, social services agencies, businesses, local government and concerned citizens.

Their initial efforts led to the establishment of Many Mansions in Ventura County, which owns and operates 500 units in 14 affordable housing complexes in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Oxnard.

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Ventura County Star (December 15, 2015)


Rick Schroeder: Many Mansions is akin to Bailey Building and Loan

his editorial originally appeared in the Ventura County Star.

Each Christmas season, millions of Americans watch a movie about affordable housing. They think it’s a movie about a would-be angel who helps a man see what life would be like if he had never been born. The man — George Bailey — learns that it really has been a wonderful life and Clarence gets his angel wings.

It’s a feel-good movie, but at its core, this is a movie about affordable housing. George Bailey and his father run the Bailey Building and Loan, which provides loans so middle class people can afford to live in a safe decent home. In the scenes in which George “was never born,” he finds that Bailey Park has been replaced by a place called Pottersville, a series of ramshackle houses not fit for humans. Indeed, because there is no affordable housing, the fabric of the entire community is different. There is crime, alcohol abuse and unemployment.

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Ventura County Star (November 8, 2015)


Bowls of Hope bowlsBowls bring hope, funds for
Thousand Oaks charity

This article originally appeared in the
Ventura County Star.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Over 500 hand-painted bowls were displayed at Many Mansions’ Bowls of Hope fundraiser Sunday at California Lutheran University, where for $35, guests could choose a bowl to take home and eat as much soup, salad, bread and dessert donated by area restaurants.

Heather McLeod, community and public relations coordinator of nonprofit Many Mansions, explained the bowls were painted at bowl parties thrown throughout the year.

Karen Kolosieke, of Westlake Village, Anne Saffell, of Thousand Oaks, and Sharon McDonald, of Agoura Hills, had been to one of those painting parties and were hoping to find the bowls they had painted to take home with them, but couldn’t.

“It felt good that it was gone,” said Kolosieke, who ended up with a bowl that said “imagine,” hope” and “dream.”

The threesome is very involved with the Thousand Oaks-based Many Mansions.

“It is a wonderful charity,” Kolosieke said.

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Ventura County Star (March 2015)

Macy's Book Donation  Macy’s donates books to
Many Mansions kids

In collaboration with the Camarillo Amber’s Light Lions Club, Macy’s donated over 1,000 books to Many Mansions! Current subscribers can view the article and pictures online through the VC Star website.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Diego Sanchez’s face lit up as Del Hernandez, store manager of Macy’s Thousand Oaks, asked him if he liked to read.

The question came Tuesday at the Many Mansions Shadow Hills homework club. Macy’s provided 1,035 books through the Reading is Fundamental campaign.

The youngsters, ranging in age from 5 to 11, were allowed to choose a book to take home.

Diego, 8, picked a “Star Wars” book.

“I love Star Wars,” he said. “I like the Jedi.”

Hernandez was delighted. He said every Macy’s was allowed to choose a local organization that would benefit from the program.

“Seeing those smiles is what it’s all about,” Hernandez said. “This is awesome to see right here, down the street from our store, how we are impacting children right here in Thousand Oaks.”

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