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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      3/1/17     3:15 pm           Ventura Social Service Task force (VSSTF)         I.        

         I.            Call to order

       II.            Introductions (Name, who you represent and a 1 sentence reaction to either the new ordinance regarding behavior in the park or 1 question/concern about the council meeting on 3/20)

     III.            Approval of or changes to the agenda for 3/1/17 as emailed

    IV.            Approval of or changes to the minutes of 2/1/17 as emailed

      V.            Treasurers report (Dave Schmutte)

    VI.            New Business:

a)       Presentation by the Ventura Bike Hub (15 minutes; Toby Smith)

b)      Recuperative Care report  (Sandra Troxell, Salvation Army)

   VII.            Old Business:

a)       Planning for planning commission on 3/8

b)      Planning for meeting at City Council on 3/20 (who will speak, talking points, attendance) {Judy Alexandre}; info from housing and sheltering sub-committee (Ron Mulvilhill/Jerry Breiner)

c)       Follow up re Laura’s law (response to questions raised in Feb.) [Mary Haffner]

d)      Report on winter warming shelter (Steve Karnazes)

e)      Sabbath Weekend follow up (Jim Duran, Rabbi Lisa)

 VIII.            Reports:

1)      Faith sub-committee  (Pam Marshall)

2)      City of Ventura   (Peter Brown/Neal Andrews)

3)      Stakeholders Task Group (Karol Shulkin, Stephanie Caldwell)

4)      Continuum of Care report (Jennifer Harkey, Tara Carruth)

5)      Downtown Business Partners (Kevin Clerici)

6)      Homeless Prevention fund (Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer)

7)      Housing report summary from agencies (combined report)

8)      Agency reports or announcements (One Stop, City Center, Turning Point foundation, Family to Family, Family Promise, SVDP, Salvation Army, Community Action, Rescue Mission, Step Up Ventura, Indep. Living resource Center, other)…short and brief if have new information or a new event to share.

     IX.            Other

       X.            Adjourn: Next meeting will be on 4/5/17; 3:15, 300 N. Ventura Ave. Who will bring copies of agenda and minutes for quests?

     XI.            Meetings:

§  Faith Sub Committee of VSSTF   March 22. 2017, 3:00 Church of Christ (Bryn Mayr and Telegraph Pam Marshall  pojcat@verizon.net

§  Family Promise  March 2, 2017 Orchard Community church, 8180 Telephone Rd (Telephone and Placid) Library  Rick Pearson  rpearson@rhetorick.com

§  City of Ventura Housing and Homeless Subcommittee   4:00pm March 9  City Hall

§  Shelter, housing and services Subcommittee of VSSTF Orchard Community Church library, 3pm,   Ron Mulvilhill  ron@housinginnovationsandsolutions.com

§  Continuum of Care Housing and services subcommittee, March 16, 10-12noon; Ventura County Community Foundation Building, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo; Tara Carruth  tara.carruth@ventura.org; Clyde Reynolds  cbreynolds@roadrunner.com

§  Homes for all, John Jones  johnsaandersjones@gmail.com

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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