November 10, 2020
Rose Banuelos, City of Oxnard Housing Authority
Today we are talking with Rose Banuelos, Resident Services Coordinator, City of Oxnard Housing Authority. Rose Banuelos is a passionate advocate for families and hasn’t stopped working and helping residents during Covid-19. She assisted families with unemployment paperwork, housing assistance and with food distribution. Rose has reached out to community agency leaders and is well liked and respected in the community.
What is your passion for working in the community?
Rose: My interest in helping the community came because of my own life experiences and struggles. My advocacy started because I wanted to revitalize our low income communities and be the voice for our underserved communities. I wanted to serve the majority Latino population in the public housing community. I have strived to make public housing a better place to live for our families’ lives through education, prevention programs, food banks, and cultural programs.
How are you addressing issues of health equity?
Rose: We partner with community agencies to provide nutrition and health services to low-income communities. We create community gardens in our pre-schools and teach parents and children about healthy eating and exercise.
What are the changes you hope to see?
Rose: I would like to see more healthy eating programs and educating our communities on how to make better health choices, and a reduction in crime and drug use.
Tell us something about you that helps us know you better?
Rose: One of my deepest passions is assisting people to better their lives. I have gone through a lot in my life and overcame barriers and educated myself. I know people can help themselves with support and encouragement.
If you could give words of inspiration during this time, what would it be?
Rose: The world continues to evolve with a lot of injustices. It is important to become educated and make public policy changes. I like the quote "Be the change you want to see in this world."
Thank you Rose for sharing your experience with us. You are an inspiring Driver of Change.
Rose Banuelos, Resident Services Coordinator
City of Oxnard Housing Authority