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EVERYONE HAS A PLACE


READ: NLIHC Housing Report Summer 2020

ARE YOU IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF HOUSING?

PLEASE CLICK HERE or dial 805.477.2202 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





 

Agenda for the Most Recent Regular Meeting

draft minutes to be approved

minutes/2020/minvsstf720.pdf
Agenda for 8/5/20
3:15pm    via zoom (link will be sent separately)
1.       Call to order  and welcome(Judy Alexandre)
2.       Any logistical concerns (Kevin Clerici)
3.       Approval of or changes to the agenda for 8/5/20 as emailed (Judy Alexandre)
4.       Approval of or changes to the minutes of 7/1/20 as emailed (Judy Alexandre) a shout out thank you to Rob March for his great job as secretary.
5.       Financial update (Jan/Dave Schmutte)
6.       Follow up and discussion from last month on housing for those with severe and persistent mental illness. Note, some information was previously sent out along with our actions to be taken. I have received information from several people and I cannot send it all out, so they are welcome to share today. No one is to dominate the discussion. I am limiting comments to 5 minutes. If after all have shared and spoken, then anyone with additional information is welcome to add a comment.  As stated in the earlier email, this is not an attack on VCBH. It is about what we want to have in addition to what is currently available and how do we want to  advocate. Since Mary Haffner is leading the advocacy to increase treatment beds and housing she will be provide our baseline information and working with me to lead the discussion. (Judy Alexandre and Mary Haffner)
a)       Goal to identify our action plan regarding needed supportive supervised housing for the vulnerable population
b)      We discussed last month requesting a grand jury investigation. This was tabled until today
c)       Request for additional emergency treatment beds
        Reminder: the mission of VSSTF to address issues of homelessness. This year our primary goal is increased housing advocacy. We are not limited to this goal; we are limited by our mission.
7.       Housing Element and General Plan  and the update on inclusionary housing (Peter Gilli/Jennie Buckingham) if available. This will probably be in Sept.  NOTE Item 11b on the City Council Agenda for Monday 8/3/20 is the Housing Allocation Plan.
8.       Updates
a)       Continuum of Care and any county services (Tara Carruth)
b)      Homes For All (Sonja Flores or)
c)       Update from the Ventura Housing Authority if available
d)      Update from the ARCH (lead navigator)
e)      Update City of Ventura,  including winter shelter plans and the potential role of the faith community (Christina Cabral/Mitchell Cameron)
f)        Any agency updates
g)       Other
9.       Other
10.   Adjournment; next meeting will be on 9/2/20; 3:15 probably via zoom
Note in Sept. I hope to have VPD, the Ambassadors provide a report for us
Meetings:
Date for the Safe and Clean, Housing and homeless committee not yet available
Homes for All  contact John Jones  johnsandersjones@gmail.com
Homeless Prevention Funds (VSSTF Inc) contact Sue Brinkmeyer suebrinkmeyer@earthlink.net
Vulnerable Populations Housing Advocacy Network contact Clyde Reynolds cbreynolds@roadrunner.com

COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE (subject to change)
City of Ventura Housing Committee - TBD 4:00pm @ City Hall
Faith Community - meets 4th Wednesday 3:00PM @ Church of the Foothills
Homeless Prevention - meets 3rd Thursday 4:00pm @ location TBD
Homes for All - meets by invitation only via John Jones

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


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