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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.

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


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.


 Under 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 classes.  

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.  

 Training 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.

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

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

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 min)

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 Brown

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 December 17

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 p.m.

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 Cathy Brudnicki)

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 min)

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, Plaza Park

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.


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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