OXNARD : La Colonia Service Plan Faces Council

Residents of Oxnard's La Colonia neighborhood may soon have access to a wider variety of services offered by local social agencies, including job training and child care.

The City Council will consider a Housing Authority proposal today to spend $1 million to expand services offered at La Colonia Multi-Purpose Center.

Under the plan, La Colonia residents--including those living in 430 public-housing units--would be able to receive training from organizations like the Ventura County Building and Construction Trade Council, which would train them in construction and plumbing.

Other public and private agencies would help residents find jobs and offer them baby-sitting as well as transportation services, said Housing Authority Director Salvador Gonzalez.

The building where the center is housed, at 1500 Camino del Sol, would not be expanded, but the Housing Authority plans to renovate it.

"Our goal is to train people so they can become self-sufficient and economically independent," Gonzalez said.

If approved, expanded services at the center would be available by August, he said.

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