RAIN (River Dwellers’ Aid Intercity Network) Transitional Living Center began in 1997 in anticipation of El Nino. The purpose was to establish a Transitional Living Center for displaced river bottom dwellers, but the facility also served as the County’s Winter Warming Shelter during the winter of 1997-98. The project was initially located at the old Camarillo State Hospital site and provided 36 beds on a daily basis.
In June 1998, the State of California took over the Camarillo State Hospital site to begin its transition to a University, and the shelter was then moved to a smaller facility at Camarillo Airport. This facility provided housing for 70 individuals and continued to operate 7 days/week 24 hours/day.
In December 2003, the shelter was relocated to a larger and newly renovated facility at 1732 S Lewis Rd in Camarillo. The current facility can provide transitional living for 65-75 individuals, depending on family composition. Services include meals, transportation assistance, access to public and mental health services, parenting and self-sufficiency classes, mandatory savings program, job search assistance, housing search assistance, and recovery support.
RAIN TLC is funded by a combination of public and private sources. RAIN Communities, Inc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that partners with the County of Ventura to provide funds for program services for the homeless residents of RAIN TLC. Community organizations, civic groups, service groups and the faith community provide ongoing support to meet the many needs of our residents.