In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and safety issues at Victoria Gate, Naval Base Ventura County has restricted inbound traffic to commercial only Monday - Friday, 0600 to 1830. Outbound traffic is unaffected. Patterson Gate is now open Monday - Friday, 0530 - 1330 for inbound and outbound personal vehicle traffic for vetted drivers. For more, see The Lighthouse.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is temporarily suspending use of DoD facilities supporting the unaccompanied children mission, as they currently have in-house capacity to support. The DHHS facility at Naval Base Ventura County is no longer receiving children, though we stand ready to support our federal partners in accordance with the Secretary of Defense's guidance.
The Secretary of Defense has agreed to extend DoD support of DHHS's mission through January 2015.
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and by direction of the Department of Defense (DoD), is coordinating the use of a temporary housing facility on the installation, located in Port Hueneme, California, for unaccompanied alien children who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol and are now being cared for by HHS' Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
The children will be under the supervision and care of ACF program grantees. Within HHS, ACF is responsible for providing care and shelter to children referred by immigration authorities.
Parents looking to reunite with children they believe to be in DHHS care should call 1-800-203-7001.
Click here to read NBVC's press release regarding the mission.
Click here to read the Ask the Captain column regarding our support to HHS.
For information about the program, including donation information, visit http://www.dhs.gov/unaccompanied-children-southwest-border.
For information about the employment related to the HHS mission at NBVC, visit www.swkey.org.
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