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Partnership to assist mental health, housing programs


The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department is partnering with Nevada County Housing Development Corporation (NCHDC) to implement our Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Programs.

County Chief Executive Officer Rick Haffey reported Friday that the programs provide long-term rental assistance to individual adults who are homeless and enrolled in or eligible for MHSA Full Services Partnership (FSP) services. Adults enrolled in MHSA FSP programs have severe mental illness and require intensive case management services in order to secure and maintain housing, Haffey wrote in his weekly memo to the county Board of Supervisors.

Individuals are provided a range of supportive services from medication management, therapy, independent living skills, employment, vocational, educational services and community services. These services are provided depending on the participants’ needs. The primary goal of these services is to support residents in maintaining their housing, Haffey wrote.

NCHDC’s mission is to provide affordable housing for eligible residents of Nevada County and has been serving Nevada County residents for over 30 years. Some projects they have been involved in over the years include: the Section 8 Voucher program, construction of the first self-help housing program; purchased, remodeled and implemented the first transitional family homeless shelter. According to Haffey’s report, NCHDC is currently the managing general partner for 42 apartments in Penn Valley, owner and property manager of the first MHSA single family house, fiscal agent for Emergency Assistance Coalition (EAC) and a member of the Nevada-Placer Continuum of Care to End Homelessness (CoC).

NCHDC Executive Director Joyce Peterman will be collaborating with the Behavioral Health Department and our MHSA FSP service agencies. She will assist in planning, implementation, evaluation and reapplication of the HUD grant programs. Additionally, Peterman will be working directly with program applicants and participants to secure and maintain housing.

Library JobScout Database

The Nevada County Library has a new database on their website on the eServices and Databases page, found at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/library/Pages/eServices.aspx. JobScout is a resource that teaches digital skills from the basic to the more complex to help job searchers.

With JobScout, users will gain the Internet skills necessary to look for a job in today’s market. When a user has completed the lessons on the JobScout platform, he or she will have a comprehensive tool kit for finding work online.

The site has unique tutorials including: How to use a web browser, how to use a search engine, using Gmail, communicating effectively online, conducting an effective job search online, privacy and security basics, and how to use social media effectively.

JobScout also helps users build their resumes and search for jobs, all within the single JobScout platform. If you need help navigating this tool, you can contact library staff or come into your library and they will be happy to assist you.

The Union staff


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