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
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
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
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
The Homeless 2 Home (H2H)
program has the coordinated/intake and assessment referral
line to assist the Homeless. The
Case Manager of the day is available for an immediate intake
Who should call? Those
who are homeless and receptive to services
When? Monday through Saturday 8am
What do we do? The
Case Manager will engage the client where they are or over
the phone and begin the process of building a trusting
relationship. The Case Manager will ask the client a series
of questions to provide the most appropriate referral
(housing, homeless prevention, detox, sober living etc).
What happens next? The
appropriate referral will be made with a Warm
Hand Off (the
case manager will inform the agency that the client is
coming their way).
Homeless 2 Home team will provide follow-up assistance to
the client to be sure the client's needs are being met.
This number is for the City
of Ventura only. 805/639-3600
UP FOR 2015 HOMELESS COUNT
Hello Eager Volunteers,
It is that
time again when we reach out to you for your help with the 2015
Homeless Persons Count taking place on Tuesday, January 27th. This
year we are recruiting for the cities of Ventura and Oxnard and
will need about 150 volunteers to accomplish this task - half
from 9am-noon, half from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please share the attached
flyer with others and bring a friend.
Click on the link below to volunteer for a specific time slot in
Ventura or Oxnard.
ALL volunteers MUST sign up on the website.
Events, select Homeless Count 2015
Training for volunteers participating in the 2015 Homeless Person
Count will be offered on January 20th and 21st.
All volunteers must attend one of these 1-hour training
Training location for the City of Ventura count
will be held at 505 Poli Street, Catalina Conference Room (5-story
building behind Ventura City Hall) on January 20th at
5:30pm andJanuary 21st at 12:00pm.
location for the City of Oxnard count
will be held at the City of Oxnard Human Resources Training Room,
305 Third Street, on January 20th at 12:00pm
and January 21st at 5:30pm.
for the Regular Meeting -
draft minutes to be approved
Agenda for the Regular Meeting – December 3, 2014, 3:15
Based on attending at least 3 of the last 5 meetings the
following The following 27 people are eligible to
vote at December 3, 2014 meeting:
Judy Alexandre, Neal Andrews, Michael Anselmo, Brian
Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter Brown, Joe
Dawson, David Deutsch, Susan Everett, Mary Haffner, Tim
Hawkins, Tim Hockett, John Jones, Sharon
Lanning, Amy Luoma, Kate Mills, Jennifer Mokos, Ron
Mulvihill, Kathy Powell, Clyde Reynolds, Laura
Roberts, Dave Schmutte, Jan Schmutte, Debora Schreiber,
Karol Schulkin, Ben Unseth, Daniel Zapata
I. Introductions and welcome, especially to first-time
visitors (2 min)
Brief self-introductions (name and affiliation)
II. Changes to/Approval of the Minutes of Nov 5 meeting (1
III. Changes or Additions to the Agenda (1 min)
IV. Committees and Other Reports (60 min)
A. Updates from City and Winter Warming Shelter Update
(Peter Brown) (10 minutes)
B. Special report - RISE - Robert Mendoza and/or Randolph
C. Report from the VSSTF Faith Community Subcommittee -
(Sue Brinkmeyer) (2 min)
The Faith Community Subcommittee usually meets the 4th
Wednesday of every month at the
Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston, Ventura from
3-5 PM. – Because of holidays, we will
meet 3rd Wednesday instead, so the next meeting is
D. Report from Outreach Committee - (1 min)
Outreach - usually meets last Friday of the month - at
4:00 PM - Ventura Public Health Building,
3147 Loma Vista Rd.. Next meeting would normally be
Friday, Dec 26, may be TBA.
E. Report from the Homeless Prevention Subcommittee (Brian
Brennan) (3 min) The Homeless
Prevention Subcommittee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every
month at the Salvation Army, 155 S.
Oak St., Ventura. - Next meeting is December 17 at 12:30
F. Report from H2H Comm. Solutions, Shelter Options &
Single Phone Number (3 min) (Alicia
Morales) Housing & services update.
I. CoC - HUD funding update (3 min) (Alicia Morales or
J. Report from the VSSTF Steering Committee (Sue
Brinkmeyer) (2 min)
K. Report from "One Stop" (Kate Mills) (3 min)
L. Report from Family to Family (Jan or Dave Schmutte) (1
M. Other updates or concerns (Home Share, City Center,
Project Understanding, Others) (5 minutes) -
A. Elections of Steering Committee January meeting. New
chair, vice chair, and secretary will take
office immediately upon election.
B. Speaking with one voice - a process to set priorities
for the VSSTF role in the 10-Year Strategy
IV. Networking - your events, fundraisers, position
openings, etc. (5 min)
A. December 12, 6 p.m. Opening Gala for No Room At the
Inn. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at door.
Flyer at www.nrati.com or https://www.facebook.com/nrativc
B. Dec. 13, 10 am - 7 pm and Dec. 14, 10 am - 5:30 pm No
Room At Inn Exhibit at St. Paschal Baylon
Catholic Church 155 E. Janss Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
$5 Adults, $1 Children Children’s
Corner (Saturday and Sunday)
C. December 21, 3 pm, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service,
V. Moving our mission forward
A. Taking heart and celebrating successes: Reports from
the field on accomplishments made this month
but not yet shared that moved us toward our mission of
ending homelessness in Ventura. (2 min)
B. Question: What issues, if any, came up today that
should be acted on by the VSSTF as a whole or
referred to the Steering Committee, a subcommittee or an
ad hoc working group?
Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 3 at 3:15 pm
The Task Force meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from
3:15-5:15 at Family to Family, 303 N Ventura
Ave # E, Ventura CA 93001.
COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Coordinated Assessment/Intake -
(currently meeting on an as-needed basis)
meets every 4th Wednesday, 3:00PM @
Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston
- meets every
Catholic Charities, 303 N Ventura Ave
- meets every 2nd Wednesday,
4:00-6:00PM at the Housing Authority, 995 Riverside Street
- meets last Friday of the
month, 4:00pm @ Ventura Public Health Building, 3147 Loma Vista
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