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EVERYONE HAS A PLACE


We would like to hear input on your concerns about people experiencing homelessness. Recently the Ventura City Council voted to look at the possibility of building "bridge housing", a site with shelter and services where people can come off the street and get help to move in to some type of more permanent housing allied with appropriate services to help better their lives. Please take our brief but important survey on homelessness issues. Click here

SEVEN MYTHS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS IN LOS ANGELES- (LA Weekly online article 11/26/16)

ARE YOU IN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR HOUSING?

PLEASE CLICK HERE or

dial 805.447.2202 Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

ARE YOU A VETERAN IN NEED OF HOUSING AND HELP?
call 877-424-3838 NOW

ARE YOU A YOUTH IN CRISIS? CALL 805-469-5882 IMMEDIATELY FOR HELP

The mission of the Ventura Social Services Task force (VSSTF) is to create and
implement an integrated community strategy to end homelessness in the City of
Ventura.

The goals of the VSSTF include

1. involving a broad cross section of the community, including representatives
from elected officials, governmental agencies and departments, law
enforcement, businesses, social service agencies, charitable foundations, faith-
based organizations, community groups, pubic and private housing developers,
homeless individuals and concerned citizens;

2. developing a common understanding of the root causes and circumstances of
homelessness, how persons are affected, and the impact of homelessness on the
community;

3. identifying current best practices to end homelessness;

4. developing and/or adopting strategic initiatives that identify measurable
objectives, timelines, responsibilities, budgets and sources of resources,
including funds.


Ventura's VSSTF is an inclusive, all-volunteer organization.  Everyone in our community is invited to join us around the table to craft the actions moving us to the day when "Everyone Has a Place". We meet every 1st Wednesday of the month from 3:15-5:15 PM, at Family to Family, 303 N Ventura Ave


 

 

UPDATE JAN 20, 2017 - City of Ventura Proposed Zoning Change link regarding emergency shelters with services

FOR R.I.S.E. referrals click for downloaded referral form


Agenda for the Most Recent Regular Meeting

draft minutes to be approved

Agenda      2/1/17     3:15 pm           Ventura Social Service Task force (VSSTF)

         I.            Call to order

       II.            Introductions (name, who you represent, 1 sentence about something that is of concern regarding people experiencing homelessness)

     III.            Approval of or changes to the agenda  for 2/1/17 as emailed

    IV.            Approval of or corrections to the minutes of 1/4/17 as emailed

      V.            Treasurers Report (Dave Schmutte)

    VI.            New business:

·         Laura’s law presentation (David Deustch (sp), Mary Haffner)

·         Report on the homeless count (Peter Brown, Jennifer Harkey, Tara Carruth)

·         Plan for March City Hall meeting: talking points

  VII.            Old business:

·         Winter Warming Shelter Report (Sandra Troxell, Salvation Army; Melissa Ramirez, HSA; Steven Karnazes, ATTI, operator of the shelter)

·         Op-ed responses

·         Sabbath Weekend (Rabbi Lisa, Rev. Jim Duran)

·         Recuperative Care (Salvation Army, Sandra Troxell)

VIII.            Reports:

v  Faith Subcommittee    (Pam Marshall)

v  Sheltering, housing and services Subcommittee  (Ron Mulvilhill)

v  City of Ventura  (Peter Brown/ Neal Andrews)

v  Stakeholders Task Group (Karol Shulkin, Stephanie Caldwell, other)

v  Continuum of Care Report (Tara Carruth, Jennifer Harkey, Clyde Reynolds)

v  Business Partners (Kevin Clerici, Stephanie Caldwell)

v  Homeless Prevention Fund (Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer)

v  Housing report from all agencies that have housed people this month

v   Agency Reports as desired…short/brief announcements: (One Stop, Family to Family, Family Promise, City Center, Turning Point Foundation, Project Understanding, SVDP, Community Action, Rescue Mission, Step Up Ventura, Salvation Army, other)

     IX.            Other

       X.            Adjourn

     XI.            Next Meeting in 3/1/17, 3:15, 300 N. Ventura Ave   Need someone to bring minutes and agenda’s for guests.

   XII.            Meetings:

Ø  Faith Subcommittee of VSSTF , Feb. 22, 3:00 pm Church of Christ (Bryn Mawr and Telegraph) Pam Marshall   pojcat@verizon.net

Ø  Family Promise, March 2, 7 p.m., Orchard Community Church, 8180 Telephone Rd (Telephone and Placid), Library  Rick Pearson  rpearson@rhetorick.com

Ø  City Of Ventura Housing and Homeless subcommittee, Feb. 9, 4:00 pm City Hall?????

Ø  Shelter, Housing and Services subcommittee of VSSTF  3:00 pm, Feb. 21, Orchard Community Church, library   Ron Mulvilhill  ron@housinginnovationsandsolutions.com

Ø  Continuum of Care  Housing and services and Income Sustainability Committees, Feb. 16, 10:a,-12 noon; Ventura County Community Foundation 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo  Tara Carruth  tara.carruth@ventura.org; Clyde Reynolds  cbreynolds@roadrunner.com

Ø  Homes for All contact John Sanders Jones  johnsandersjones@gmail.com

Ø  Homeless Prevention Fund   contact Sue Brinkmeyer  sbrink@glendale.edu; Brian Brennan brian.brennan@ventura.org


COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE (subject to change)
 
Education and Advocacy - meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 3:30pm @ 914 Utica Avenue, Ventura
Housing Engagement / Sheltering - meets 3rd Tuesday 1:00 @ Orchard Church Library
Faith Community - meets 4th Wednesday 3:00PM @ Ventura Church of Christ, 5401 N Bryn Mawr
Homeless Prevention - meets 3rd Wednesday  1:00pm @ Salvation Army, 155 South Oak Street
Housing - meets 3rd Monday 3:30-5:00 @ Salvation Army Board Room, 155 S Oak Street
 

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