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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

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

Based on attending at least 3 of the last 5 meetings the following The following 26 people are eligible to vote at November 5, 2014 meeting
Judy Alexandre, Sue Brinkmeyer, Amy Luoma, Kate Mills, Kathy Powell, Karol Schulkin, Neal Andrews, Susan Everett, Tim Hawkins, Tim Hockett, Sharon Lanning, Debora Schreiber, Peter Brown, David Deutsch, Jennifer Mokos, Clyde Reynolds, Laura Roberts, Kevin Clerici, Joe Dawson, Jill Forman, Mary Haffner, John Jones, Ron Mulvihill, Michael Anselmo, Daisy Arellano, Daniel Zapata Huerta

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 September 3 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)
B. Annoncement re the Free Clinic (3 min) (Dr. Broms)
C. Working Together (5 min) (Mayor Cheryl Heitman)
D. 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 Thanksgivng holiday, we will meet 3rd Wednesday instead, so the next meeting is November 19
E. Report from Outreach Committee - John Jones (2 min)
Outreach - meets last Friday of the month -  at 4:00 PM -  Ventura Public Health Building, 3147 Loma Vista Rd.. Next meeting would normally be Friday, November 27, may be TBA.
F. 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 November 18 at 12:30 p.m.
G. Report from H2H Comm. Solutions, Shelter Options & Single Phone Number (3 min) (Amy Luoma or Alicia Morales) Housing & services update.
H. CoC - HUD funding update (3 min) (Rob Orth or Cathy Brudnicki)
I. Report from the VSSTF Steering Committee (Sue Brinkmeyer) (2 min) (RISE report next month)
J. Report from "One Stop" (Kate Mills) (3 min)
K. Report from Family to Family (Jan or Dave Schmutte) (1 min)
L. Other updates (Home Share, City Center, Project Understanding, Others)?

III. Networking - your events, fundraisers, position openings, etc. (5 min)

A. Wednesday, November 12, 6 pm, City Hall, Planning Commission hearing on Ashkar development and the applicability of the Inclusionary Housing ordinances
B. November 18, Take a Hungry Person to Lunch Day, 11 a.m. participating downtown restaurants; pre-event at UU Church 9:30-10:30; Reflection event at UU Church, Nov. 25, 9:30-10:30 am
C. November 24, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, First Christian Church, 38 Teloma Dr., Ventura 93003
D. December 21, 3 pm, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service, Plaza Park
IV. 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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