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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

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

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

To donate online to the Ventura Homeless Prevention Fund click here

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    2/3/16 - Ventura Social Service Task Force

·         Call to Order

·         Introductions (name, agency or who you represent,1  positive thing you anticipate in 2016)

·         Changes to and approval of the agenda

·         Changes to and approval of the minutes

·         Treasurers report  (Dave Schmutte)

·         Secretary Change

·         Old Business:

·         Laura’s Law update  (Mary Haffner)

·         Winter Warming Shelter update  (Steve Karnazes)

·         Follow up with to request to the homeless subcommittee in regard to zoning changes and action on the ten year recalibrated plan.   (Neal Andrews, Deputy Mayor)

·         Web committee report  (Stacie Galang)

·         Homeless count  (Peter Brown  City of Ventura)

·         Request for information and follow up on the cost of homelessness (Doug Stanton, Jerry Breiner)

·         Business Dialogue date March 1, at the WAVE  (Judy Alexandre)

·         New Business

·         4th of July table, registration

·         Discussion of the Jan. 14,2016 A Roof for all Event

·         Follow up

·         Outcomes

·         Where do we go from here

·         Advocacy

·         Coordination with sub committees, groups

·         Priorities

·         Planning for the city of Ventura workshop on Homelessness (Neal Andrews)

·         Date

·         Location

·         Planning

·         Other

·         Accessing Mental Health Beds

·         How

·         Who

·         Process

·         Concerns

·         Invite Behavioral Health to come to a meeting?

·         Any input from the Continuum of Care

·         Volunteers to brig copies of agendas and minutes for March, April, May

·         Oral Reports

·         Continuum of Care   (Tim Hawkins)

·         City of Ventura  (Peter Brown)

·         Update on Veterans Housing

·         Committee Reports

·         VSSTF, Inc. Homeless Prevention Fund   (Brian Brennan)

·         Homes People Can Afford    (Camilla Lettini)

·         Crisis/Bridge Housing  (Doug Stanton)

·         Faith Subcommittee   (Pam Marshall)

·         Advocacy  needs to set time to meet

·         Other reports:

·         One Stop  (Kate Mills)

·         H2H   (?????)

·         HSA  (Karol Schulkin)

·         Family Promise feedback  (Sue Brinkmeyer)

·         Any Agency Report

·         Specific event

·         Specific program

·         Specific information

·         Upcoming Meetings

·         Faith Sub Committee: Feb. 24, 2016, Church of Christ (Bryn Mawr), Ventura 3:00 pm.

·         Housing People Can Afford:  Feb. 22, 2016 Unitarian Church (Ralston) 3:00 pm.

·         Crisis/Bridge Housing:  Feb. 16, 2016 Orchard Community Church (Telephone Rd) 2:00 pm.

·         Continuum of Care Housing and Services Committee Feb. 18,2016 ,VCCF 3001 Mission Oaks, Camarillo, 10-12 am

·         Other

·         Future Topics for our meetings will include Youth homelessness, medical releases from hospitals and after care, updates on any new initiatives, legislative bills.

·         Is anyone interested in being our legislative reporter?

·         Other

·         Adjourn      Next meeting is March 2, 2016  Family to Family building  300 N. Ventura Ave #E, Ventura 93001

Ben Unseth is bring copies of the agenda and minutes for guests only.       

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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