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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Nevada County Develops Homeless Action Plan Together with CoC

Nevada County Develops Homeless Action Plan 

In Collaboration with Nevada County Continuum of Care 

 

For Immediate Release:

 

Nevada City, Calif. (July 5, 2022)- Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency  presented an updated draft Homeless Plan to the Board of Supervisors at the June 28th regular Board of Supervisors meeting. The Nevada County and Continuum of Care Joint Homelessness Action Plan was developed in collaboration with the Nevada County Continuum of Care (CoC), a regional planning body that includes local partners committed to coordinating housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. It updates previous plans presented to the Board and is the result of a in depth review of local actions required to address homelessness.

 

“Working together to develop this plan ensures that we are all on the same page for helping our most vulnerable residents” says Jennifer Singer, CoC Chair and Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth. “This is an exciting step in collaborating to align resources and strategies.”

 

 Details of the plan include specific strategies and goals that Nevada County and the CoC will work on together to address homelessness in Nevada County over the next two years. The plan is the result of a broad-based review of local actions to address homelessness so far and the challenges that remain.

 

“Success depends on coming together to map out the best approach to use the resources we have at hand,” says Ryan Gruver, Health and Human Services Agency Director. “The goal is to positively impact lives, and this plan gives the framework to best align the system to do that.”

 

The Plan is built on the County’s 2020 plan to Address Homelessness, includes key insights from 2020-2022, and identifies gaps in the current homeless response system in Nevada County. It was developed in accordance with state requirements for Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention funding. Highlights include a landscape analysis describing the state of homelessness in Nevada County, including demographic information and information on subpopulations such as chronically homeless, youth between the ages of 18 and 24, and families, as well as a review of funding available to the CoC and the County to address homelessness. 

 

“We are constantly learning and improving, and that couldn’t be done without a coordinated community approach that the CoC helps provide,” said Brendan Phillips, Nevada County Housing Resource Manager. “In this plan, we’ve set new goals around prevention and diversion, providing supportive services and shelter, and increasing housing opportunities that are desperately needed in our community.”

 

Strategic Goals for 2022-2025 include:

 

  • Prevent homelessness through increasing availability of rental and mortgage assistance and expanding services for youth and families.
  • Support and strengthen supportive services through outreach, engagement, and case management, which includes the development of a day services and navigation center, and strengthen housing focused case management and supportive services.
  • Increase shelter capacity by expanding year-round shelter capacity and interim housing options.
  • Increase affordable and supportive housing stock and implement a Landlord Liaison Program that provides resources to landlords renting to individuals at risk of homelessness. 
  • Communicate and collaborate with providers through improvements to data collection, collaborating on funding opportunities, implementing the Joint Homeless Action Plan, and strengthening the case conferencing team.   

 

A recent addition to the strategic goals is the development of a day services and navigation center. A new grant has been awarded to purchase and renovate a property adjacent to Brunswick Commons to serve as the navigation center and fulfill a key gap in services when shelters are closed. A navigation center is a long-standing goal and was included in the original vision of Brunswick Commons but procuring funding has been difficult. The new grant award makes this vision possible. 

 

Nevada County Board of Supervisors made addressing homelessness a top priority in 2017. Since then, County staff, alongside the regional CoC, comprised of nonprofits and community stakeholders, have made significant strides in coordinating a broad-based response to homelessness. These efforts are coordinated by the County and the CoC, providing a strategic, joint approach towards local homelessness response.

 

Better Together Nevada County

Better Together Nevada County is an overall strategy spearheaded by County of Nevada to support innovative and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders, while educating the public, and inviting them to be part of the solution. To learn  more about Nevada County’s approach to addressing homelessness, visit the Better Together website at BetterTogetherNevadaCounty.org. 

 

Media Contact: 

Mike Dent 

Director of Housing and Community Services, Child Support, and Collections, Nevada County 

Phone: (530) 265-1410

Mike.dent@co.nevada.ca.us

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