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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

The annual Winter Warming Shelter, which provides nightly accommodations and meals for the homeless, will open at 6 p.m. Monday at the Oxnard National Guard Armory, 351 South K St.

The shelter will be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until March 31.

This year, the shelter is open to homeless adults. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors in October allocated $75,000 to provide alternate accommodations for homeless families with children.

Everyone who comes to the shelter must have had a tuberculosis screening to be admitted.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which operates the shelter, will have social services staff on site Monday through Friday to assess each shelter resident and provide case management services. The goal is to help people get off the streets and into permanent housing.


Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

The following 23 individuals are eligible to vote 3/4/15 based on having attended 3 out of meetings:

Judy Alexandre, Neal Andrews, Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter Brown, Kevin Clerici, Elizabeth Egelko, Susan Everett, Jill Forman, Mary Haffner, Tim Hawkins, Tim Hockett, John Jones, Kate Mills, Alicia Morales, Kathy Powell, Priscilla Quiroz, Dave Schmutte, Jan Schmutte, Debora Schreiber, Karol Schulkin, Ben Unseth, Daniel Zapata Huerta

I. Introductions and Welcome (2 min.) (brief introductions, name, agency, affiliation)

II. Changes to and approval of Minutes of February 4, 2015 91 min)

III. Changes or additions to the agenda (1min)

IV. New Business:

V. Old Business

VI. Information Items: Information only. No comment

 Presentation and Discussion of Laura Law (Mary Haffner) (15 -20 min)

 Granting application and selection of recommending committee (5 min) Judy Alexandre

 Report from the 3 sub committees: Sheltering, Housing and Education. Each new chair will present results of meeting #1 and next meeting time and date.

 Fourth of July booth (1 min) Deborah Schrieber

 Reports written and oral…VSSTF Steering Committee, All Agencies, Continuum of Care, Outreach Committee and Family to Family to be oral as needed. Homeless Prevention, H2H report, Shelter options, One Stop, Faith Sub-Committee to oral monthly. It is desired that One Stop, Homeless Prevention and H2H-single phone number be written monthly. It is also desired that the report from the city (Peter Brown) be written and oral each month.(2 min) Judy

 Partners for Change: March 12, 2015 6 -9:30 pm Update, request of agencies to RSVP, other (3 min) Sue Brinkmeyer

 Continuum of Care meeting March 20, 2015 10-12 am. VCCF, Camarillo

 Dependent Adult and Sr. at risk of or are homeless task force meeting at VCCA 9:30 March 9th. Finalization of food program and beginning to discuss transportation issues.

 Stop human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery March 5th , First Presbyterian Church, Oxnard 5:30 walk and networking, 6:30 program

 March 20, 2015 8:00-1:00 House Farm workers. Ventura County Office of Education

 City Homeless committee March 5 4:00 pm City Hall

 Other

VII. Reports and Networking:

 City of Ventura Peter Brown (5 min)

 Homeless Prevention (1min) (Brian Brennan ?)

 H2H and Single Phone number (1 min) Alicia Morales, Karol Shulkin

 One Stop (1 min) Kate Mills

 Any agency report (3 min) let Judy know in advance if need to report

 Other committees ((3 min) let Judy know in advance if need to report

VIII. Any success or accomplishment not already presented?

IX. Questions or concerns that will need action or discussion for the VSSTF, sub–committee or for the next agenda.

X. Next Meeting April 1, 2015, 3:15-5:15 pm at the Family to Family building, 303 N. Ventura Ave. #E, Ventura Ca 93001. The Ventura Social Services Task /force meets on the 1st Wed of each month.


Coordinated Assessment/Intake - (currently meeting on an as-needed basis)

Faith Community - meets every 4th Wednesday, 3:00PM @ Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston

Homeless Prevention - meets every 3rd Wednesday, 1:00PM @ Catholic Charities, 303 N Ventura Ave

Housing Options/H2H - meets every 2nd Wednesday, 4:00-6:00PM at the Housing Authority, 995 Riverside Street

Outreach - meets last Friday of the month, 4:00pm @ Ventura Public Health Building, 3147 Loma Vista

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