On August 2, 2022 we held a virtual event with CivicSpark Fellow Lizzy Havey, Grants Specialist for the City of Arvin, CA, Christine Viterelli, and CivicSpark Senior Project Manager Mackenzie Bolger.
Located 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield, Arvin has a population of 21,000. Like many cities in the San Joaquin Valley, Arvin’s economy focuses on agriculture. Housing is a major concern for Arvin residents, who often seek multi-generational affordable housing options.
Lizzy Havey discussed her work in Arvin including advancing ADU programs and policies, supporting the city’s Housing Element, researching and providing technical assistance on housing and other City projects, conducting stakeholder engagement around housing needs, and creating community engagement events. Christine Viterelli shared the benefits of working with CivicSpark Fellows and the enriching experience of mentorship.