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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

Agenda for February 4, 2015, 3:15 pm
The following 22 individuals are eligible to vote February 4, 2015 based on
having attended 3 of the last 5 meetings:
Judy Alexandre, Neal Andrews, Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter Brown,
Kevin Clerici, Elizabeth Egelko, Susan Evertt, Jill Forman, Mary Ha!ner, Tim
Hawkins, Tim Hockett, John Jones, Amy Luoma, Kate Mills, Alicia Morales,
Kathy Powell, Dave Schmutte, Jan Schmutte, Karol Schulkin, Ben Unseth, Holly
1. Introductions and Welcome (2Min) (brief introductions, name and agency
2. Changes to and approval of Minutes of Jan. 7, 2015 (1 min.)
3. Changes or Additions to the Agenda (1 min.)
4. Business (30 minutes)
• Goal Setting (Discussion and Decision)
• Guiding Principles
5. Committees and Other Reports
• Updates from the City of Ventura (Peter Brown) Include Point in Time
Homeless Count (5 minutes)
• Report From the VSSTF Faith-sub Committee (Sue Brinkmeyer) (2 min) the
Faith Sub-committee meets on the 4th wed of each month, 3-5 pm at the
Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston, the next meeting is
Feb. 25. Will report on Partners for Change, March 12 6-9:30 interactive
workshop at the Poinsettia Pavilion.
• Report from Outreach Committee (1min) The Outreach Committee meeting
normally scheduled for Feb. 28 has been cancelled. Brochure is being
finalized and outreach contacts are being expanded through March 12 event.
The committee usually meets on the last Fri. of the month, 4 pm at the
Ventura Public health building, 3147 Loma Vista Rd. Next meeting is
scheduled for March 25.
• Report from the Homeless Prevention Subcommittee (Brian Brennan) (2
min). The Homeless Sub committee meets the 3rd wed. of every month at the
Salvation Army, 155 So. Oak St Ventura. Next meeting is Feb. 18th at 12:30
pm.• Report From H2H, Solutions, shelter Options and Single Phone Number,
One Stop (Alicia Morales, Karol Shulkin, Kate Mills ) (3 min)
6. Networking:
• Thursday, Feb. 5, 4 pm City Homeless committee
• Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6-9:30 pm, Partners for Change at Poinsettia
• Friday, March 20, 2015: House Farm Workers 10th Anniversary Summit,
7. Moving Forward: Next Steps ( 5 min)
• Successes and accomplishments?
• Questions and concerns that will need further action or discussion by the
VSSTF as a whole, the Steering Committee or an Ad hoc group?
8. Next Meeting, March 4 at 3:15. The task force meets on the 1st Wed of the month
from 3;15 to 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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