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EVERYONE HAS A PLACE


We would like to hear input on your concerns about people experiencing homelessness. Recently the Ventura City Council voted to look at the possibility of building "bridge housing", a site with shelter and services where people can come off the street and get help to move in to some type of more permanent housing allied with appropriate services to help better their lives. Please take our brief but important survey on homelessness issues. Click here

SEVEN MYTHS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS IN LOS ANGELES- (LA Weekly online article 11/26/16)

ARE YOU IN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR HOUSING?

PLEASE CLICK HERE or

dial 805.447.2202 Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

ARE YOU A VETERAN IN NEED OF HOUSING AND HELP?
call 877-424-3838 NOW

ARE YOU A YOUTH IN CRISIS? CALL 805-469-5882 IMMEDIATELY FOR HELP

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
Ventura.

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
community;

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


 

FOR R.I.S.E. referrals click for downloaded referral form


Agenda for the Most Recent Regular Meeting

draft minutes to be approved

Agenda       1/4/17     3:15 pm           Ventura Social Service Task force (VSSTF)

         I.            Call to order

       II.            Introductions (name, who you represent, 1 sentence about something related to homelessness or your agency that you desire to share)

     III.            Approval of or changes to the agenda for 1/4/17 as emailed

    IV.            Approval of or changes to the minutes from 12/7/16 as emailed

      V.            Treasurers report  (Dave Schmutte)

    VI.            New business:

§  Report on best practice  and resources regarding mental illness and homelessness

§  Sabbath weekend addressing homelessness (Rabbi Lisa; Jim Duran)

§  Report from the sheltering/housing and services subcommittee including survey update (Ron Mulvilhill, Jerry Breiner)

   VII.            Old Business:

§  Winter shelter update and information (Steven Karnazes, Peter Brown, Kevin Clerici)

§  Homeless count (Peter Brown, Tara Carruth or Jenn Harkey)

§  Report regarding the March City Council Meeting and the Stakeholders Task Group (Peter Brown, Neal Andrews, Karol Shulkin)

§  Leadership of VSSTF (elect Chair and/ or co-chair, secretary)

§  Faith subcommittee newsletter (Pam Marshall)

 VIII.            Oral Reports:

§  Continuum of Care Report (Tara Carruth, Jenn Harkey)

§  City of Ventura (Peter Brown, Neal Andrews)

§  Report from Business partners (Stephanie Caldwell, Chamber, Kevin Clerici, downtown Organization)

§  Homeless Prevention Fund (Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer)

§  Family Promise (Robin Lerner)

§  Housing report from SVDP, Project Understanding, Turning Point Foundation, Salvation Army)

§  County Homeless Program (Chris Russell, Melissa Ramirez)

§  One Stop (Kate Mills)

§  Any agency needing to make a brief special report (City Center, Family to Family, Project Understanding, Salvation Army, Turning Point, SVDP, Step Up Ventura, other)

     IX.            Other

       X.            Next Meeting, Feb. 1, 2017; 3:15 ; 300 N Ventura Ave

     XI.            Upcoming meetings:

Ø  Faith Subcommittee of VSSTF, Jan. 25, 2017, 3;00 pm; Ventura Church of Christ (Bryn Mawr and Telegraph) Pam Marshall, pojcat@verizon.net

Ø  Family Promise, Jan. 5; Orchard Community Church Library, 8180 Telephone Rd (Telephone and Placid), 7;00 pm.; Rick Pearson rpearson@rhetroick.com

Ø  City of Ventura  Housing and Homeless subcommittee, date not set, Neal Andrew, Deputy Mayor, chair

Ø  Shelter, Housing and Services Subcommittee, Jan. 17, 2017, 3:00 pm, Orchard Community Church Library, Ron Mulvilhill, ron@housinginnovationsandsolutions.com

Ø  Continuum of Care, Jan. 19, 2017, Ventura County Community foundation Building, 400 mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo; 10:00-12:00 noon ; Tara Carruth tara.carruth@ventura.org

Ø  VSSTF, Inc. (Homeless Prevention Fund), Jan. 18, 2017, 4:00 pm.; Unitarian Universalist Church, Ralston St.; Sue Brinkmeyer, sbrink@glendale.edu or Brian Brennan, brian.brennan@ventura.org

Training for the Winter Warming Shelter, Jan. 7, 2017, 8:00 am- 12:00 noon at all Saints Episcopal Church, 144 S. C St, Oxnard Ca; Steven Karnazes, atti@roadrunner.comHomeless Memorial 3:00 pm, Dec 18 Plaza Park, Kathy Powell, kathypurpleprincess@gmail.com

COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE (subject to change)
 
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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