Friday Memo, County of Nevada
PIT Count Results from 2009 to 2018

2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Shows Decline

The number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Nevada County decreased slightly in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to County results from the annual point-in-time count published today by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras (HRCS). HRCS is the lead agency in the region's Homeless Continuum of Care, composed of numerous local government and nonprofit agency partners.

A total of 272 individuals experiencing homelessness were counted across the County, from Grass Valley to the Town of Truckee. The count, the first conducted since the Board of Supervisors established homelessness as one of its top priorities, surveyed both unsheltered and sheltered individuals and was conducted by volunteers and County staff on the night of January 24th, 2018. By comparison, 371 individuals experiencing homelessness were identified in the 2017 count.

Of the adults who responded to detailed survey questions, 44 percent were chronically homeless. 35 percent reported having a serious mental illness, and 22 percent had a substance use disorder. Furthermore, 66 percent stay in Nevada County because they are originally from the area or want to be close to family, and 54 percent of survey respondents lived in Nevada County for five years or longer prior to becoming homeless.

Over the past year, Nevada County and community partners like Hospitality House, Community Beyond Violence, Sierra Roots, 211 Connecting Point, SPIRIT Center and Salvation Army have made great strides increasing housing opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Other drivers of the decline include an increase in local case management services, lowering unemployment rates at 3.9 percent, an expansion of beds, and an increase in collaboration and communication between community partners.

It’s important to note that despite the decline, point-in-time counts are not a comprehensive measure of an area's homeless population, but rather snapshots from a single day that can be used to approximate broad trends. Typically, they are viewed as undercounts for a community's yearly overall homeless population because many people may move in and out of homelessness throughout the year.

For more information on the 2018 PIT Results, visit Nevada County’s Better Together website.

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County Will Expand Community-Based Transitional Housing Program with $1.9M Grant

The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department has been awarded $1,945,000 through a Community-Based Transitional Housing Program grant from the Department of Finance for the Bost House, currently being operated as the Lovett Recovery Center. The Bost House, which reopened in December of 2017, is a 24-hour residential substance use treatment facility that provides services and transitional housing for up to nineteen adult men and women.

This funding will allow Nevada County Behavioral Health and partner agencies to make significant enhancements to the Bost House grounds and services, including improved coordination of services, facilities upgrades, and expanded services offered.
For more information, please contact Phebe Bell, Interim Behavioral Health Director, at or (530) 470-2784.

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April 10th Board of Supervisors Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. During the public comment period, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will be presenting Certificates of Recognition to the four winners of the 2018 Nevada County Community Library Card Design Contest. The designs of the contest winners have been created into Nevada County Community Library Cards that are available to the public.

Although public comment typically takes place at the beginning of each meeting, this Tuesday public comment will take place after the Board recognizes the winners of the 2018 Nevada County Community Library Card Design Contest.

View the meeting agenda or watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Invasive Stink Bug Discovered in Nevada County

In recent months, the Nevada County Department of Agriculture has made two detections of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which is an invasive species native to Eastern Asia. BMSB was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001, and by 2004 it made its way across the United States into Oregon.

BMSB are identified by several characteristics, but the main one is their distinct shield shape. The adults are approximately 5/8 inches in length and are a marbled brown. They also have white bands on their antennae, legs, and along the abdomen edges.

The brown marmorated stink bug does not pose a health and safety issue, but its presence can be detrimental to Nevada County agriculture. BMSB has a growing host list of more than 100 plants, including tree fruit, vegetables, shade trees, and leguminous crops. The insect primarily damages fruit and are a serious pest of many fruit and fruiting vegetable crops, including grapes. In 2016, Nevada County produced $1,926,800 in wine grapes and $1,771,000 in vegetable crops, making the protection of local crops particularly important.

With BMSB being introduced into our ecosystem, this means that this invader has no natural enemies. That being said, growers that have an established Integrated Pest Management plan should be able to maintain this pest below economic thresholds and continue to produce their crops without drops in yield.

For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug go to Center for Invasive Species Research, UC IPM and the Nevada County Department of Agriculture.

Glory and Kylie at the State Capitol

A Healthy California Starts with Tobacco-Free You(th)

Every spring, hundreds of young advocates from across California gather in Sacramento to inform and educate state decision makers on how tobacco impacts young adults. This year, Nevada County Public Health was proud to send two of the local Tobacco Use and Prevention Program's Youth Coalition members, Glory Nielsen and Kylie Armbruster.

Neither Glory nor Kylie had been to the State Capitol or participated in a rally before. After attending a morning tobacco advocacy training lead by peers from the California Youth Advocacy Network and meeting youth from Plumas and Siskiyou Counties in a breakout session, the local Youth Coalition quickly gelled and Glory facilitated the trop to the State Capitol.

Together, the group prepared a message to share with staff from Assembly Member Dahle and Senator Gaine's offices. Their key message was concern about the abundance of enticing flavors that the tobacco industry is pushing onto youth through aggressive marketing tactics, the ease that youth can obtain these products, and the increase of use of electronic vaping devices. The group felt strongly that more needs to be done to help support youth that are struggling to cope by creating more healthy resources for high-risk teens in our communities.

For more information about Tobacco Use Prevention, contact Shannon Glaz at or (530) 265-1451.

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Upcoming Community Library Events

The Nevada County Community Library has events all ages next week. Take a look at the new events for next week below, or find all upcoming Nevada County Library events on the Nevada County Library website.

Hacking with Arduino: Tuesday, April 10th, and Wednesday, April 11th
Want to learn how to hack? Try it with Arduino! Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects and is a part of our Technology Lending Library.  
Hacking with Arduino is best suited for ages 9 and up. Register in advance for Tuesday, April 10th, at the Madelyn Helling Library or for Wednesday, April 11th, at the Grass Valley Library, both from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Poetry: Friday, April 13th
Join the Nevada County Library for "Pop-Up Poetry: Poetry for All!" Pop-Up Poetry is an all-ages, interactive poetry event with readings by five local poets, including Molly Fisk, the Nevada County Poet Laureate.

This one-hour program is a teaser for the upcoming Sierra Poetry Festival, will introduce you to local poetry, and give you the opportunity to create your own with our "poetry on the wall" interactive exhibit.

Pop-Up Poetry takes place on Friday, April 13th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Light refreshments will be provided and no registration is necessary.

This event is a collaboration with the Nevada County Arts Council, a non-profit organization facilitating collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community. For more information on the Nevada County Arts Council visit the Nevada County Arts Council website.

For more information about Pop-Up Poetry, please contact Crystal Miles at (530) 265-7058

Printmaking for Teens: Saturday, April 14th 
Join the Nevada County Library for Printmaking for Teens on Saturday, April 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library. In this printmaking workshop, participants will learn a brief history of block printing, and see some historical images.  Then, participants will design and print their own artwork.  Make a single masterpiece, or design a greeting card and print multiples for friends!

This workshop is for teen’s ages 13 to 18. Register in advance on the Nevada County Library website.

Success Series: Small Business Workshop on Startup and Expansion

On Thursday, April 12th, join the Business and Career Network, Sierra Business Council, and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council for a free workshop on Startup & Expansion: Business Plan for your Goals with Leslie Williams from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will be held at the Business and Career Network located at 988 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

This workshop is the second of four in The Success Series: Better Business Growth designed for small and medium business owners, and entrepreneurs who want to grow. The event is free, but registration is required.

Leslie Williams, the Outreach Coordinator at SBDC, has 30 years of experience in banking, most recently with US Bank in Auburn as the Vice President of the SBA Division. She brings expertise to clients in access to capital, general business, financing, loan readiness, accounting, recordkeeping, and business plan development. Leslie will cover what the building blocks of a business plan are and what lenders or investors are expecting.

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