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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

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

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

11/4/15 Agenda

I. Call to order

II. Introductions (name, agency, very brief reaction to the 10/8/15 event or a thought about day services this winter) No “sermons”, only a sentence.

III. Changes to and approval of the agenda

IV. Changes to and approval to the minutes of 19/7/15

V. Treasurers report

VI. Old business:
* Update on Laura Law Mary Haffner
* Current status of Winter Shelter Steven Karnazes or Kevin Clerici
* Need person to bring agenda’s and minutes for Dec and Jan.

VII. New Business/Discussion/some Action:
* Report from COC Design Workshop Tara Carruth
* Follow up plan as a result of the 9/24 and 10/22 meeting with the Homeless subcommittee of the city council and to the Partners for Change gathering in 10/8
* As per above plan approval is sought to approve an identified group of leaders to begin a series of community conversations. Names will be presented at the meeting of the task force
* As per above plan approval is sought to move forward with asking VSSTF, Inc. to raise funds to support an agency effort to establish crisis/bridge housing as per item 7 if the 10 year plan to end homelessness. VSSTF will not be managing, running, or developing the facility rather acting in support of the agency that develops a specific plan.
* As per above plan consider asking VSSTF Inc. to seek funding from CDBG, ESG and HOME funds to go towards the establishment of crisis/bridge housing.
* Discussion of web site. What do we want it to look like, include. How do we want to target the information to specific audience? Do you want to have this discussion as a whole or do you desire to have a small group report back.
* Elect new officers in Dec. Take office in Jan.

VIII. Oral reports:
* City of Ventura Peter Brown
* H2H, coordinated entry report
* One Stop Kate Mills
* HSA Karol Schulkin
* Homeless Prevention Fund Brian Brennan
* Any specific agency announcements
* Time to distribute written reports and announcements if not done so
* Ventura County Together Report

IX. VSSTF Sub Committee Reports
* Faith Sub Committee Pam Marshall next meeting is Nov. 18, 3:00 pm., Church of Christ, on Bryn Mayr , Ventura 93003
* Housing People Can Afford Camilla Lettini next meeting is Nov. 16 3:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Ralston, Ventura 93004
* Crisis/bridge Housing next meeting is Nov. 17, 1:30 pm, Orchard Community Church, Telephone and Placid, Ventura 93004

X. Information Items
* Homes for All meets
* Continuum of Care Thurs. 11/19/15 10:00 am Ventura County Community Foundation, Camarillo
* Summit to End Veterans Homelessness, Nov. 10
* Other

XI. Adjourn; next meeting is Dec. 2, 3:15 Family to Family building, 300 N. Ventura Ave #E

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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