Nevada County celebrated the re-opening of the newly renovated Odyssey House Wednesday, December 13th, with officials and speakers from Nevada County and Auburn Counseling. The building has been under renovation to expand treatment beds for clients in need of intensive mental health while preparing to transition to independent living. Odyssey House provides 24/7 residential supports in a therapeutic setting to clients with the goal to transition them to independent living. The program promotes vocational and job acquisition skills and provides on-site case management, group therapy, and counseling services, and staff actively assist clients in the completion of chores, daily activities, and medication adherence.
Odyssey House was built in the 1970s, purchased by Nevada County in December of 1994, and was overdue for improvements. Building and grounds improvements were extensive and included a new foundation, sidewalks, roof, and provided space for an additional six treatment beds. Residents will also enjoy a new commercial kitchen, an improved patio space with gazebo, and upgraded ADA accommodations, all of which transform the location into a state-of-the-art facility. Renovations were supported through an award of Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $3,196,396. Nevada County applied for funding in 2017, was awarded in July of 2018, and began construction on the facility in early 2019. The funding allowed the County to complete improvements that provide services to a greater number of those in need and potentially lead to a positive impact for those that suffer from chronic homelessness.