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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

VSSTF 2014 Granting Application info (click for downloadable application)


Ventura Social Services Task Force (VSSTF) Granting Program - 2014


Program Goal

The VSSTF Granting Program is a complimentary program to the City of Ventura Community Partnerships Granting Program (CPGP). The CPGP was developed in 1998 to provide financial support to non-profit social service organizations that benefit Ventura residents. In 2007 the Ventura City Council earmarked $50,000 specifically to support “activities associated with the 10-Year Strategy to END HOMELESSNESS in Ventura County”. The FY 2011 City budget eliminated ‘homelessness’ as an eligible activity for CPGP applicants, and increased the VSSTF Granting Program budget from $50,000 to $70,000.  The VSSTF granting program is specifically designed to support organizations that implement activities associated with the 10-Year Strategy to END HOMELESSNESS in Ventura County. Categories are:

·       Outreach

·       Emergency Shelter

·       Transitional Housing – including non-traditional models

·       Permanent Affordable Housing

·       Case management and other supportive services

·       Administrative support for VSSTF



Applications are due Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3:00pm at the VSSTF box at the UU Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston, Ventura, CA.  Questions about the granting program may be referred to Peter Brown, Community Services Manager – 658.4707 or pbrown@cityofventura.net.



·       The program is open to Ventura County qualifying nonprofit organizations that provide services to the residents of Ventura.

·       All organizations will be required to provide proof of their tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The Program’s total award funding is $70,000 per year which will be awarded on a competitive basis through a simplified application process. The maximum grant award per project is $15,000.


·       Applicants must submit an application, a proposal narrative, proof of non-profit status, organizational chart, list of governing body, and current fiscal year budget, which shall include an audited financial statement.

·       Grant recipient organizations must submit a mid-year and final report to be eligible for future funding.

·       Applications will be reviewed by a panel of 3 or 5 persons as appointed by the VSSTF membership - including one city staff person.

·       Funding will be allocated based on how closely the organizational mission statement aligns with city priorities, the number of City of Ventura clients served, community need/impact, organizational and fiscal capacity, and alignment with the 10-Year Strategy to END HOMELESSNESS.

·       Appeals can be made in writing to Jeffrey Lambert, City of Ventura Community Development Director.


Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must:

·       Provide services in one of the following eligibility categories:

1.   Outreach

2.   Emergency Shelter

3.   Transitional Housing – including non-traditional models

4.   Permanent Affordable Housing

5.   Case management and other support services

6.   Administrative support for VSSTF


·       Provide proof it is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This shall include a list of its governing body as well as provide a written organizational chart of personnel.

·       Comply with all city codes, laws and ordinances

·       Comply with the Americans for Disabilities Act of 1990, Title 42, U.S.C. Section 12101, et seq., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and any similar state laws and regulations.

·       Have satisfied the requirements of any previously awarded grants from the City of Ventura including completion of a final report.

·       Maintain an ongoing liability insurance policy with a minimum of $2 million aggregate, $1 million per occurrence general liability coverage.


Proposal Narrative Requirements:

Please address the evaluation criteria below on a separate page. The proposal narrative is limited to TWO PAGES only. Double-spaced, 11 font size.


1.   Mission Statement & Alignment with 10-Year Strategy– 15 points

a.    Include organizational mission statement.

b.    Describe how the organizational mission statement aligns with the 10-Year Strategy to END HOMELESSNESS and the eligibility category for which you are applying.


2.   Project alignment with 10-Year Strategy to END HOMELESSNESS - 20 points

Identify what recommendation(s) within the 10-Year Strategy (VCHHC.org) the project will impact/align with. What are the project outcome measures?


3.  Community Need/Impact – 20 points

Please provide data that indicates that the service to be provided by the organization is vital, not being duplicated by other organizations and addressing unmet needs.


4.   Alignment with the Ventura Safe and Clean Public Places Initiative – 20 points

Describe how the project will provide assertive community street outreach services to chronically homeless service resistant clients, and/or seek to reinforce “hand-up” rather than “hand-out” philanthropic giving. 


5.   Number of Residents Served – 10 points

Identify how many City of Ventura clients wii utilize or will be served annually by the proposed project.


6.   Organizational and Fiscal Capacity – 15 points

Describe your administrative and governance structure, including numbers of staff and volunteers. Describe your planning and fundraising process and the status of any long range planning.


Restrictions and Limitations

Organizations may either apply for funding through the City’s Community Partnerships Granting Program or the Ventura Social Services Task Force Program but not both.


Grant funds may not be used as direct monetary payment to a client, payment of any debt, debt interest or deficit reduction; commercial enterprises; fines and penalties; building or remodeling of facilities, furniture or fixtures; lobbying any public agency or office; out-of-state travel; hospitality or food costs; placement of grant funds into trust, endowment or contingency funds; expenses for projects that have already been completed.


Grant funds may not be utilized (by religious organizations) for religious or proselytizing purposes.


General Application Instructions


·       Application is available on-line at VSSTF.org

·       All applications must be typewritten in 11- point font or larger.

·       Six (6) hard copies of application packet.

·       Do not use any staples, folders or notebooks in your application (paper clips are acceptable).

·       All materials must be single-sided only.

·       Do not include a cover letter.


Submit one original of the following:

·       Application with signature

·       Proposal Narrative

·       Audited Financial Statement

·       Proof that organization is a non-profit

·       List of governing body

·       Organizational chart


The 2014 Homeless Count can be viewed in its entirety at 

Utah on track to end homelessness by 2015

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

Agenda for the Regular Meeting – April 2, 2014, 3:15 p.m. 

Based on attending at least 3 of the last 5 meetings the following 27 people are eligible to vote:

Neal Andrews, Brian Brennan, Jerry Breiner, Sue Brinkmeyer, Peter Brown, Cathy Brudnicki, David Deutsch, Jim Duran, Susan Everett, Ken Finning, Jill Forman, Tim Hawkins, John Jones, Sharon Lanning, Amy Luoma, Donna Luttrull, John Luttrull, Arlene Martinez, Kate Mills, Jennifer Mokos, Alicia Morales, Rob Orth, Kathy Powell, Amanda Pyper, Laura Roberts, Debora Schreiber, Karol Schulkin

I.     Introductions and welcome, especially to first-time visitors (2 min)

         Brief self-Introductions (name and affiliation)


II.   Revisions to and Approval of Minutes of Feb 5 and March 5 meetings.

III.  Changes or Additions to the Agenda (1 min)

IV.  Special report - Aid program available from the Southern California Gas Company (Ted Humphrey of So. Calif Gas Co. and Chuck Terra from Food Share and C4C)

I.       Committees and Other Reports (60 min)

A.  Updates from City (Peter Brown or other City staff) (10 minutes)

B.   Report from Winter Warming Shelter (Laura Roberts) (3 min)

C.  Report from the VSSTF Faith Community Subcommittee - (Sue Brinkmeyer) (3 min)

               The Faith Community Subcommittee meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston, Ventura from 3-5 PM. – Next meeting is April 23.

D.  Report from Outreach Committee - Kate Mills for John Jones (3 min)

               Outreach - meets last Friday of the month -  at 4:00 PM -  Ventura Public Health Building,3147 Loma Vista Rd..  Next meeting is Friday, April 25.

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 April 16 at 12:30 p.m.

F.   Note: No report from the Housing Options/ Shelter Options Subcommittee The Housing Options Subcommittee has merged for now with H2H Community Solutions.  

G.  Report from H2H Community Solutions (3 min) (Rob Orth)

H.  Report from the Coordinated Assessment/Intake Committee  (3 min) (Clyde Reynolds)

I.    Report from the VSSTF Steering Committee (Sue Brinkmeyer) (1 min)

J.   Report from "One Stop" (Kate Mills) (3 min)

K.   Update on Blue Ribbon Panel on Inclusionary Housing (Kate Mills)(2 min) Online updates available at http://www.cityofventura.net/page/inclusionary-housing-program-blue-ribbon-committee. Next meting is April 23 at 3 p.m. in City Hall Community Meeting Room.   A number of documents reflecting best practice are on the website.

L.   Report from Family to Family (Donna Mason-Lutrull) (2 min)

M.  Report from Home Share (Ken Finning) (2 min)

N.  Update on The City Centre - Jim Duran (2 min)

O.  Update from Continuum of Care (Cathy Brudnickil)(3 min)

P.   Update from Homes for All Alliance  (2 min)

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

A.    Thurs. April 3-Ventura City Council Homeless subcommittee meets at 4pm

B.    Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2 p.m., Continuum of Care Public Information and Outreach Committee discussion on the results of the 2014 Homeless Persons Count, Community Room at VCCF Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, 93012

C.    Thurs. April 17 10 am Continuum of Care meeting (3rd Thursday every other month at 10 a.m. at VCCF Nonprofit Center)  Future meetings: June 19, August 21, Oct. 16, Dec. 18)

D.    Saturday, May 3, NAMI Walk, Ventura Beach Promenade, Ventura, 5K, Check-in: 9:00 AM, Start Time: 10:30 AM, $300 raised thus far from 4 donors.  Google 2014 NAMIWalk Ventura County, Click on Donate, Search for Team Debora Schreiber

E.    The Law of Sobriety: Author and Therapist Sherry Gaba -  Tuesday, May 13, 2014

E.11:30 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. Check-in and Lunch; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sherry Gaba 

E.1:00 - 1:30 Tour Vista del Mar Hospital Register at www.vistadelmarhospital.com/events/hospital (navigate via calendar at right to May 13)

F.    ACTION VC Serve Day in Ventura June 7.  Sign up to help or submit projects  at (805)987-0300 or email us at action@actionvc.org

G.    July 4 Street Fair

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. (5 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, May 7 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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