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EVERYONE HAS A PLACE


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

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


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

Call to order

  1. Introductions (name, agency, one word reaction to the council workshop)

  2. Changes to approval of minutes of 4/6/16 (will be emailed under separate cover)

  3. Changes to approval of agenda as emailed

  4. Treasurers report (Dave Schmutte)

  5. Oral Reports:

  • Final Winter warming shelter report (Steve Karnazes)

  • Homeless Prevention Fund (Brian Brennan)

  • Continuum of care update (Tara Carruth or)

  • Family Promise

  • H2H combined report

  • City of Ventura (Peter Brown)

  1. Any specific Agency report of a key event or update…brief

  2. City council Workshop on Homelessness

  • Reactions

  • Process

  • Plan

  • Next steps

  • Needs

Please come ready to very briefly share your response to the workshop and what you think would be a positive next step. I am attaching our mission, talking points and goals that were previously approved by VSSTF. The desire is to leave this meeting with a specific plan in preparation for the 6/13/16 council meeting. Jerry B has looked at the areas that might be considered a possibility. Judy has consulted with others in and out of the county.

  1. I will send out meetings for the Month of May separately as I am not sure which sub committees will continue, which will be reformed and what might be added.

  2. Old Business will be addressed in June

  3. Adjourn Next VSSTF meeting will be on June 1, 2016 at 3:15 at the Catholic charities building 300 N. Ventura Ave.# E 93001 Our focus will probably be on Youth homelessness and follow up and final preparation for the 6/13/16 council meeting.

Melissa Ramirez (Interface) is bringing material for our guests for the May 4, 2016 meeting. Thank you Melissa.


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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