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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

April 2015 Homeless Count download

Agenda for the Regular Meeting -

draft minutes to be approved

Eligible to vote August 5, 2015, Based on attending 3 of the last 5 meetings:

Jerry Breiner, Kevin Clerici, Joe Dawson, Jim Duran, Jill Forman, Tim Hawkins, Amanda Herrera, Steven Karnazes, Kate Mills, Melissa Ramirez, Dave Schmutte, Holly Whitmore, Neal Andrews, Brian Brennan, Sue Brinkmeyer, Elisabeth Egelko, John Jones, Arlene Martinez, Debora Schreiber, Doug Stanton, Ben Unseth, Daniel Zapata Huerta, Judy Alexandre, Peter Brown, Tim Hockett, Camilla Lee, Kathy Powell, Jan Schmutte, Karol Schulkin

I. Introductions and Welcome: Brief introduction of name, agency affiliation

II. Changes to and approval of the agenda

III. Changes to and approval of the minutes from 7/1/15

IV. Treasurers report

Vl. New and Current Business Discussion (40 minutes)

Vll. Sub Committee Reports (current actions and next step) (15 min.)

Vlll. Oral Reports (5-10 min.)

· Request for approval of funds to develop resource book. Cost 500-1000 dollars max.

· Request for funds to reserve the Poinsettia Pavilion for a follow up education event. Details will come from the Faith and Education/Advocacy sub-committees

· VSSTF Talking points (see separate sheet of information) (Judy, comments from each sub -committee chair)

· Discussion re winter sheltering plans, any current plan? Questions about inclement weather plan, about all winter plan

· Report on housing programs etc.( Karol Shulkin)

· Identifying gaps in service

· Housing People Can Afford, Camilla Lettini next meeting is Aug.17, Unitarian Universalist Church, Ralston, Ventura 93003 3 p.m.

· Interim/Bridge Housing Kate Mills/Doug Stanton next meeting is Aug.18, Orchard Community Church, Telephone Rd, 1:30 p.m.

· Education and Advocacy John Sanders next meeting is Aug 25, Unitarian Universalist Church 3:30 p.m.

· Faith Sub Committee, Sue Brinkmeyer/Pam Marshall next meeting is Aug.26, Church of Christ, Telegraph Rd, 3:00 p.m.

· Homeless Prevention Fund Brian Brennan or???

· Peter Brown, City of Ventura

· H2H and single assessment line (639-3600)

· One Stop and County Homeless HSA report Kate Mills/Karol Schulkin

· COC Housing report Tim Hockett/Clyde Reynolds

· Seniors and dependent adults at risk of homelessness or are homeless…food, transportation, payee program (Judy Alexandre)

lX. Written Reports: This is the time to distribute if not already handed out

X. Reports from any agency, organization (Update, new information to share)

Xl. Information items:

· Homes for all meets on the 3rd Tues, 3:30 pm at Cabrillo Economic Development

· City of Ventura Homeless Committee meets Thurs, Aug.6, 4:00 p.m. City Hall

· Dependent Adults and Seniors Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness meets Sept.14, 9:30 a.m. at the Ventura County Area on Aging Agency, County Square Dr.

· Continuum of Care meets Sept 17, 10-12 a.m. at the Ventura Community Foundation, Camarillo

Xll. Celebrations and Successes

Xlll. Other

XIV. Adjourn. Next meeting is Sept. 2, 2015 at the Family to family building, 303 N. Ventura Ave#E.

Karol Schulkin, HSA will bring materials for guests to the Sept. meeting

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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