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.
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.
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 Task Force on Homelessness Events
2018 Ventura County Homeless Count
- Date: 02/22/2018 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Volunteers are still needed in Simi Valley to assist with the 2018 Ventura County Homeless Count (Count) and Subpopulation Survey that is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sites throughout Ventura County including, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Unincorporated Areas need volunteers to conduct the Count. The annual Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care, in partnership with community partners and cities. The Count is a requirement for every community that receives federal funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This funding accounts for almost $2 million annually to support homeless service providers to assist homeless families and individuals.
Teams go out in the early morning through mid-day to places where homeless persons are know to gather. Volunteers will receive training and are out in the field for a few hours at a time, and must be at least 18 years old. Please consider joining this important cause by signing up at www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org. This year, a mobile app called "Counting Us" by Simtech Solutions will be used to record the Count. For additional information about assisting in Simi Valley, please contact Betty Eskey at (805) 579-9166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.