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Welcome to the Ventura Social Services Task Force, "Dedicated to Ending Homelessness in the City of Ventura"!  (See "About Us" for more details.) The Ventura Social Service Task Force (VSSTF) is the one organization recognized by Ventura County, and tasked by the City Council of the City of Ventura, to end homelessness in the City of Ventura, according to the "10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness for Ventura County".

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

April 2015 Homeless Count download - Talking points regarding Homeless Count

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

Based on having attended 3 of the last 5 meetings, the following 24 people are eligible to vote at the May 6 VSSTF meeting

Judy Alexandre, Neal Andrews, Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter Brown, Kevin Clerici, Jim Duran, Elizabeth Egelko, Jill Forman, Mary Haffner, Tim Hockett, John Jones, Camilla Lee, Arlene Martinez, Kate Mills, Alicia Morales, Kathy Powell, Jan Schmutte, Debora Schreiber, Karol Schulkin, Doug Stanton, Ben Unseth, Holly Whitmore, Daniel Zapata Huerta

        I.            Introductions and Welcome: Brief introduction of name, agency/affiliation (3 min.)

      II.            Changes to and approval of the Agenda

    III.            Changes to and approval of the minutes from 4/1/15

    IV.            Update from treasurer  and fund transfer  Susan Everett

      V.            New and Current VSSTF Business: Judy Alexandre  and group  (20 minutes)

·         Discussion of the 2015 Homeless count. This was emailed to you. Please read and come prepared to discuss, raise questions and give any directional thoughts.

·         Sharing of the granting process results.

·         Information from last homeless sub-committee of the city council

·         Suggestions from a meeting with the developer from PATH and need to focus on agreed mission, vision and values as well as a focus on Coordinated Entry. This will be a beginning discussion with more discussion and decisions to be made at the June meeting.

·         Available housing programs (Name, Qualifications, who to contact) This may not be available until June Karol Schulkin, Camilla Lee

    VI.            Reports from our Sub-committees: (10 minutes)

·         Housing People Can Afford ( possible focus on permanent supportive housing) Next meeting is May 18, 2015 at the Salvation Army, Oak St. Ventura, 93001 Camilla Lee

·         Housing Engagement ( possible focus on Bridge housing)  Next Meeting is May 19, 2015, 1:00-2:30 Orchard Community Church  8180 Telephone Rd Ventura 93004 Doug Stanton

·         Education and Advocacy  Next meeting is May 13, 2015 3:30-5:00 pm CBTL at Mills and Main, John Jones/Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller

·         Faith Sub Committee Next Meeting is May 27, 2015 3:00-4:30 pm at The Church of Christ, Telegraph Rd, Ventura 93003   Debora Schreiber?

·         Homeless Prevention Fund   Brian Brennan

  VII.            Oral Reports: (20 Minutes)

·         Peter Brown, report from the City of Ventura ( will include update on CBDG funds, housing, zoning, future granting, growth management plan and impact on affordable housing, and…) 10 min.

·         Winter Shelter options…there are multiple groups looking as this for 2016. Steve Karnares, (Mission Church) Ben Unseth, (Project Understanding) other. 4 min

·         H2H and single assessment phone line   Alicia Morales 2 min

·         One Stop/ county HAS  Kate mills, Karol Schulkin  2 min

·         Update Laura’s Law   Mary Haffner  2 min

VIII.            Written Reports:  This is the time to distribute if not already distributed

    IX.            Any Agency reports

      X.            Information Items:

·         City Homeless Committee will meet on Thurs May 7, 2015 at 4pm, City Hall

·         Dependent Adult and Seniors at Risk of homelessness or are homeless task team meets at The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA), County Square Drive, May 11, 2015 9:30 am.

·         other

   XI.            Success and Accomplishments?

  XII.            Questions and concerns for next meeting: mission, vision, values, talking points

XIII.            Next Meeting: June 3, 2015 at the Family to Family building, 303 N. Ventura Ave #E, Ventura, Ca 93001

Brian Brennan has agreed to bring copies of the minutes and agenda as any attachment’s for those that are not on our list. All of those that are receiving this agenda and attached minutes are requested to bring their own copy of all materials.

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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