Thomas Fire survivors face housing shortage in Ventura

Fundraiser scheduled to help

Hawaiian Village residents deal with Ventura housing shortage following Thomas Fire

VENTURA, Calif. - Thomas Fire survivors in Ventura are feeling fortunate lives weren't lost when their apartments went up in smoke.

Veronica James was out of town when her apartment burned.

"Everybody went to wake everybody up to save our older people, it is really a miracle nobody died," said James.

 The Hawaiin Village apartments on Church street and a portion of another apartment complex on Kalarama Street burned the morning of December 5th.

Survivors are anxious for government agencies to green light rebuilding.

John Camille is still working for the owner of Hawaiian Village.

"We have a housing shortage here and these two burn sights represent about 100 units in downtown Ventura," said Camille.

He said he doubts people will be able to afford market value rents on new apartments.

For years residents enjoyed an ocean view close the Grant Park. 

James said there's a lot of people living in limbo that still need help.

Actor Kevin Costner is doing his part.

Costner will perform with his Modern West band during a daylong fundraiser at Plaza Park in Ventura on Saturday, Feb. 3 .

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