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Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) wait list is open

The Union staff

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list is open for Nevada, Sutter and Colusa counties, said Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey in his Friday Memo.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly called Section 8, is the federal government's major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Applications are available at the Regional Housing Authority office and online at http://www.rhasnc.org. Applications can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Regional Housing Authority office.

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Applicants will not be selected from the waiting list based on date or time of application. Applications will be selected via preference points and a random lottery.

This means you do not have to be the first person to apply to be the first person to receive assistance.

Although there is no set date for when applications will no longer be accepted, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. The Regional Housing Authority will post the closing date on its website so you can check this website or call them for information.

Historically, applications are only accepted for a short period of time so applying early is recommended.

The Regional Housing Authority of Sutter, Nevada and Colusa Counties is located at 1455 Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993. Call 530-671-0220 or go online at http://www.rhasnc.org.

Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitator Training hosted by Juvenile Hall

​On March 25-26, the Nevada County Juvenile Hall hosted The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitator Training. The Council is a strength-based model and approach that targets at-risk male youth.

This gender responsive model and intervention is designed around evidence-based principles and practices. The purpose of the training was to develop trainees in becoming facilitators of The Council model, which recognizes boys' strengths and capacities, challenges myths and stereotypes, questions unsafe attitudes about masculinity and encourages personal and collective responsibility.

The Council model has been studied and researched, with collective findings showing significant increases in boys' school adjustment, and significant decreases in aggression rates. Research has also shown significantly lower rates of increase in unhealthy beliefs about being a male.

The training was held at the Miners Foundry and Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City; 27 trainees representing juvenile justice departments and youth-based organizations throughout the state as well as other states as far away as Florida, attended.,

National Public Health Week April 7-13

​Since 1995, each April, communities nationwide have celebrated National Public Health Week to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation's health.

Residents are invited to visit the lobby of the Eric Rood Administrative Center every day from April 7-11, to learn more about what the Public Health Department does to improve the lives of Nevada County residents.

Each day will feature a different theme and highlight different programs and services offered by Nevada County Public Health. These demonstrations and educational events are a part of the American Public Health Association's annual celebration of public health and prevention in our communities.

For more information on National Public Health Week, visit http://www.nphw.org. To learn more about public health efforts in your community, visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hhsa/ph/Pages/Home.aspx.

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