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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, 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 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 and assessment. 

Who should call? Those who are homeless and receptive to services 
When? Monday through Saturday 8am to 4pm 
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).
Follow-up?  Our 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

The 2014 Homeless Count can be viewed in its entirety at 

Utah on track to end homelessness by 2015

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

Agenda for the Regular Meeting – July 2, 2014, 3:15 p.m. 

Based on attending at least 3 of the last 5 meetings the following 36 people are eligible to vote:
Neal Andrews, Michael Anselmo, Daisy Arellano, Jerry Breiner, Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter
Brown, Cathy Brudnicki, Kevin Clerici, David Deutsch, Ken Duff, Tammy Duff, Jim Duran, Elizabeth
Egelko, Susan Everett, Ken Finning, Jill Forman, Rob Gibson, Tim Hawkins, Sharon Lanning, Amy
Luoma, Donna Luttrull, Arlene Martinez, Kate Mills, Jennifer Mokos, Alicia Morales, Ron Mulvihill, Rob
Orth, Kathy Powell, Rick Raine, Melissa Ramirez, Clyde Reynolds, Laura Roberts, Debora Schreiber,
Karol Schulkin, 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 June 4 meeting (1 min)

III. Changes or Additions to the Agenda (1 min)

IV. Committees and Other Reports (60 min)
A. Updates from City (Peter Brown or other City staff) (10 minutes) (Hamilton Hotel update)
B. Special Report: Impact of Low-Income/ Housing Authority Housing on Surrounding
Neighborhood (Susan Everett) - (10 min)
C. Report from the VSSTF Faith Community Subcommittee - (Jim Duran) (3 min)
The Faith Community Subcommittee meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Unitarian
Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston, Ventura from 3-5 PM. – Next meeting is July 23
D. Report from Outreach Committee - John Jones (5 min)
Outreach - meets last Friday of the month - at 4:00 PM - Ventura Public Health Building,3147
Loma Vista Rd.. Next meeting is Friday, July 25.
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 July 16 at 12:30 p.m.
F. Report from H2H Community Solutions & Shelter Options (3 min) (Amy Luoma)
Numbers of people housed from beginning of H2H. Number housed this month.
H. Report on Pilot of Single Phone Number Coordinated Assessment/Intake (Alicia Morales)
H. Report from the Housing and Services Committee of CoC (3 min) (Rob Orth)
I. Report from the VSSTF Steering Committee (Sue Brinkmeyer) (3 min)
J. Report from "One Stop" (Kate Mills) (3 min)
K. Report from Family to Family (2 min)
L. Report from Home Share Board of Supervisorsʼ action (Ken Finning) (2 min)
M.Other updates?

I. Networking - your events, fundraisers, position openings, etc. (5 min)
A. Thursday, August 7, 4 p.m., Anacapa Room, City Hall, Homeless Committee of City Council
(July 3 meeting cancelled).
B. Thursday, July 3, 5 p.m. Yoyo balloon-making party at the Cartlidge/FastHorse home, 1695
Ocean Ave. in Ventura. Dorothyʼs making soup and bread; snacks to share are welcome.
C. Friday, July 4 Street Fair; weʼll be in booth #652 on Main Street between Chestnut and Fir.
Thanks to Kathy P. for coordinating and to Kathy Powell, Kevin McCurdy, Tim Hill, Sharon
Lanning, Jennifer Mokos, Debora Schreiber, Neal Andrews, John Jones, Dorothy FastHorse,
Harold Cartlidge and Kent and Sue Brinkmeyer for staffing the booth and taking donations for
the VHPF.
D. Monday, July 14, 9:30 a.m. VCAAA, 646 County Square Drive, Ste 100
Ventura, Senior and/or Disabled Homelessness Prevention Task Force - working on food
instability, come if youʼd like to help
E. Tuesday, July 15, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Distribution of Affordable Units Throughout a Community -
Single-Site vs. Dispersion, (VCCF Board Room, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo ) The
Housing Issues Forum is a bi-monthly educational event to provide a platform for
presentations and discussion surrounding pertinent issues and trends in Ventura County Real
Estate. The Forum typically draws 25-50 Ventura County real estate and housing industry
professionals, including: developers & builders, agents & brokers, title & escrow officers,
consultants, government employees, etc. as well as representatives from community
organizations and interested citizens. A tasty lite lunch is served!
F. Thursday, July 17, Continuum of Care Update,10 am - noon, VCCF, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.,
Camarillo. RSVP to Cathy Brudnicki cathybrudnicki@vcnet.com
G. July 29-31 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Washington, DC
H. August 2, 11 a.m. Plaza Park, Going Away Party for Jennifer Mokos. Please bring a dish to
I. 12th Annual Ventura County Housing Conference September 18, 8 a.m. - 4:30 pm VCOE
Conference Center, Camarillo CA (www.vchome.org The goal of the Annual Ventura County
Housing Conference is to educate the public on pertinent and timely housing issues, especially
those with a great effect on Ventura County. Who attends? Affordable-home advocates,
business leaders, city planners, elected officials, service providers, architects, bankers,
developers, real estate professionals, and the list goes on! Itʼs the most important Housing
Conference in the region!

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. (5 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, August 6 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.



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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