Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said Monday that he will make a charitable donation equivalent to the $639 he receives in federal subsidies each month to rent a house to his mother on his Ojai ranch property.
Bradbury's announcement followed an article Sunday in The Times that disclosed he has been receiving subsidies as a landlord of his mother, Marie, under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 program for low-income housing assistance.
"I believe she has the right to receive the subsidy," Bradbury said. "If I die tomorrow, what would happen to her? She's the one that has the right [to the benefits]. I think that right should be protected."
Still, Bradbury said he believes there are people in the county who may be in more immediate need of assistance, referring to the roughly 6,900 people on waiting lists to get into the Section 8 housing program.