Housing and Community Services, Nevada County Behavioral Health, other County departments, and community partners and stakeholders work together to develop and expand homelessness services in Nevada County. Highlights from FY 19/20 include development and implementation of the HOME Team, implementation of a Homeless Plan that coordinates efforts across previous strategic plans, and leveraging funding to strengthen and expand shelter operations during COVID-19 through the Operation Sugarloaf and Hearth projects as well as the Homekey project.
During the first quarter, Housing and Community Services:
- Worked with the Nevada Regional Continuum of Care to draw down funding for homeless services, including funding related to COVID-19, as well as coordinating efforts within the department to apply for new funding sources for homelessness services.
- Improved fiscal sustainability for the Bridges to Housing program through use of GBHI and MHSA funding, and by acquiring 12 additional Housing Choice Vouchers, and continues the efforts to increase capacity for tenants through landlord recruitment and retention.
- Made progress on the renovation construction on Odyssey House, which is scheduled for completion in August, and will increase bed and service capacity for residential mental health treatment. Ongoing homelessness efforts include more effectively utilizing coordinated entry, onboarding all providers to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), improving effectiveness of the By Name List, coordinating with jails to connect homeless individuals to services upon release, working with the state Housing is Key platform to centralize management of rental assistance funds, providing leadership to the Continuum of Care (CoC), and keeping the public informed and engaged in homelessness efforts.
These initiatives to address homelessness are further outlined in Nevada County's Homeless Plan, which can be found on the Nevada County Better Together Website.