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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


Local Resources for Ending Homelessness
to suggest corrections or updates, please email us here

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


 

Agenda for the Regular Meeting

draft minutes to be approved

Agenda     12/7/2016 Ventura Social Service Task Force

         I.            Call to order

       II.            Introductions (name, agency or who you represent, share something that has been accomplished this year to move towards ending homelessness {only 1})

     III.            Approval of or changes to the agenda for 12/07/16

    IV.            Approval of or changes to the minutes of 11/2/16 as emailed

      V.            Treasurers Report (Dave Schmutte)

    VI.            New Business:

A.      Report from Jeff Lambert, City of Ventura Director of Development on the housing element plan

B.      Report on best practice for Veterans experiencing homelessness, as well as available resources (Sandra Troxell, Salvation Army Social Services director)

C.      Nominations for VSSTF leadership

D.      Report no Showers of Blessing…alt. Project Understanding (Judy Alexandre; Ben Unseth, director of Project Understanding)

   VII.            Old Business:

A.      Winter Shelter report (Peter Brown, City of Ventura; Steven Karnazes, operator)

B.      Homeless Count  (Peter Brown)

C.      VSSTF Survey update (Sue Brinkmeyer)

D.      Report from City Task Force (Karol Shulkin, Stephanie Caldwell)

E.       Laura’s Law update  (Mary Haffner, David Deutsch)

 VIII.            Oral Reports as needed:

A.      Continuum of Care Report (Clyde Reynolds, Ron Mulvilhill, Tara Carruth or)

B.      City of Ventura  (Peter Brown)

C.      Report from Downtown Partners (Kevin Clerici) Chamber (Stephanie Caldwell)

D.      Report from Bridge Housing and Services subcommittee of VSSTF  Ron Mulvilhill, Jerry Breiner)

E.       Report from faith subcommittee of VSSTF (Pam Marshall)

F.       Homeless Prevention (Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer)

G.      Update on Family Promise (Robin Lerner)

H.      Any agency report (City Center, Family to Family, HSA, One Stop, Project, Turning Point, Salvation Army, other)

     IX.            Special Events, materials to distribute

       X.            Other

     XI.            Next Meeting, Jan. 4, 2017 (agenda will include the best practice, resources of the mentally ill that are homeless, Laura’s Law and follow up on items discussed today)  Need: someone to bring agenda’s and minutes for guests)

   XII.            Meetings:

1.       Faith Sub committee  Dec. 14, Church of  Christ, (Bryn Mawr and Telegraph) 3:15 pm Pam Marshall, pojcat@verizon.net

2.       Family Promise Jan. 5, Orchard Community Church, 8180 Telephone Rd (off of Placid), Library 7:00 pm. Rick Pearson  rperason@rhetroick.com

3.       City of Ventura Homeless Subcommittee, Dec. 8, 4:00pm, City Hall,  Vice Mayor Neal Andrews, Chair)

4.       Bridge Housing and Services Subcommittee, Dec. 20, 3:00 pm Orchard Community Church Library, Ron Mulvilhill; ron@housinginnovationsandsolutions.com

Homeless Memorial 3:00 pm, Dec 18 Plaza Park, Kathy Powell, kathypurpleprincess@gmail.com

 


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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