Task Force on Homelessness

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The Task Force on Homelessness was established by the City Council in 1999 to address the issue of homelessness in Simi Valley.  The Task Force provides policy recommendations to the City Council to assist in developing the community's response to homelessness.  The Task Force is comprised of representatives from the City Council, regional and local services providers, and government agencies providing services to individuals experiencing and at risk of homelessness.

The Task Force meets quarterly.  All Task Force meetings are open to the public. Information for upcoming meetings is available below.  Those interested in receiving meeting and other information related to the Task Force's efforts can sign up to receive email notifications.  For information provided at the meetings, please refer to the Resources and Referrals page.

Additionally, City staff represents the City through involvement with the Ventura County Continuum of Care to ensure that the City's efforts take into account regional efforts and federal policies to maximize effectiveness.  The Continuum of Care coordinates the regional Point In Time Count and prepared a brief summary of the findings to detail the state of homelessness in Ventura County.

E-Notification

For more information regarding the Task Force on Homelessness, please call (805) 583-6759. Interested organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign up for e-notify to receive email information, variances in meeting dates, and to stay informed regarding current and future updates.  

Upcoming Events

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2016 Ventura County Homeless Count

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the County of Ventura needs your help to complete the 2016 Homeless Count.  Sign up to volunteer!  The Count is a requirement for every community that receives federal funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Funding from HUD is extremely important in the effort to end homelessness and accounts for almost $2 million annually to support homeless individuals and families in Ventura County.  

Volunteers will work in teams and will receive training in recording the Count.  The volunteer teams will go out in the early morning hours to places where homeless individuals are known to gather.  Most counters are in the field for a couple hours, at a time, and must be at least 18 years old.  The required training for Simi Valley will occur during the following dates:

Training Schedule/Location

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Samaritan Center, 280 Royal Avenue

To learn more and to register for the community volunteer opportunity, please click here or call Yvonne Flores at (805) 485-6288, Ext. 267 or via email at yvonne.flores@unitedway.org.

To sign up for the Count, please visit www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org/volunteer.

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