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More restrictive COVID-19 rules could hit Nevada County next week

From a release:

This week, for the first time since the State’s tiered framework was first announced, Nevada County COVID-19 data qualifies us for the more restrictive Red “Substantial” Tier with the State’s tier announcement today.

If Nevada County’s COVID-19 data meets the more restrictive Red or Purple Tier next week, Nevada County will move into the Red Tier beginning Tuesday, November 17th. Please see the media release on our website at: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3360.

Nevada County Public Health reminds residents to continue practicing social distancing, masking, hand washing, and minimizing social mixing between households even with outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

Even if you are mildly symptomatic, please stay home and don’t assume it is allergies or a cold.

Testing is highly recommended. If you are getting tested due to being symptomatic, a possible exposure to COVID-19 or as a precaution after traveling, please remember to stay home and limit your interactions in public places until you receive your results. Schedule a cost-free COVID-19 test at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1-888-634-1123.

To support our business community and lessen business restrictions, we need to be even more diligent about refraining from that activities that are contributing to our recent increase in COVID-19 cases: social gatherings and going into work with COVID-like symptoms. The data can easily move in either direction, and if we want to keep moving forward it is incumbent upon us as a community to embrace safety and continue to reduce spread.

Some notable changes if we move from the Orange “Substantial” tier to the Red “Moderate” Tier next Tuesday are:

Restaurants: Reduce indoor capacity to 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Red Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Retail: Reduce indoor capacity to 50% with modifications in the Red Tier from no capacity limit with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Movie theaters: Reduce indoor capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer) in the Red Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Gyms and fitness centers: Reduce capacity to 10% indoors with modifications in the Red Tier from 25% capacity indoors with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Family entertainment centers: Open outdoor activities only including kart racing, mini golf and batting cages with modifications in the Red Tier from 25% capacity with modifications for naturally distanced activities including bowling alleys and climbing walls in the Orange Tier.

Places of Worship: Reduce capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer) with modifications in the Red Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Bars and Breweries: Closed in the Red Tier from open outdoors only with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Wineries: Reduced to outdoor only with modifications in the Red Tier from 25% capacity indoors or 100 people (whichever is fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.

Schools: Moving from the Orange Tier to the Red Tier will not result in school closures. Individual school closure is determined by number of COVID-19 cases; percentage of students, teachers and staff who are positive; and in consultation with Nevada County Public Health.

Source: Nevada County

Nevada County Relief Fund provides real relief to those in need

There is no doubt that the stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Newsom in March to combat the spread of COVID-19 created economic hardship here in Nevada County and throughout the state.  Desiring to do something to help our local businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Nevada County Relief Fund was launched on April 14, 2020. Backed by a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the community quickly responded with donations to the Relief Fund. Half of the money raised will go to the frontline safety net nonprofits in western Nevada County, who are providing a life line to our neighbors most in need. The other half will support local small businesses and nonprofits countywide with micro-grants to help cover key expenses until they reopen or resume normal operations.

Due to the generosity of the community and the Board of Supervisors, the Nevada County Relief Fund announced the first round of grant awards on May 29, 2020, totaling $210,000 boosting eight “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County as well as the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation in eastern Nevada County, and twenty-eight small businesses from throughout the county heavily impacted by COVID-19.

The Nevada County Relief Fund is still seeking donations from the community to do a second round of grant funding.  If you are able, please consider giving to this wonderful resource that has already helped so many struggling in our community.

Helping the Helpers

Food Bank of Nevada County

One of the nine nonprofits to receive a Nevada County Relief Fund grant was the Food Bank of Nevada County, who saw a dramatic increase in the need for their services during the shutdown.  Prior to COVID-19, the organization would provide food to an average of 2,200 individuals each month.  As soon as COVID took place and the shelter in place order went into effect, the organization suddenly was serving 3,000 individuals each WEEK.  

“Thankfully we had a lot of stuff stored and ready to go; we have a warehouse but this cleaned us out, we went through so much food,” said Nicole McNeely, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Nevada County.   “We’re a small operation with only five on staff.  We were working seven days a week from sunup to sundown, and we managed to get it done.” 

Due to the unprecedented increase in demand, which has leveled off at around 1900/week, the Food Bank has had to scale up and streamline their operation.  Because of COVID, the donations decreased just as the demand increased, and the regulations for food distribution have become more stringent. Whereas the organization used to collect food from the community in barrels at local food stores, they can now only utilize food from large USDA and UNFI distribution centers, which have also been hard hit by the shelter in place fallout.  

Volunteers load food into a vehicle at a recent distribution event of the Food Bank of Nevada County, a recent beneficiary of the Nevada County Relief Fund. Photo courtesy of the Food Bank of Nevada County.

The way the distributions are done has changed, as well.  Now, staff and volunteers prepack bags and boxes that people can drive through to pick up, instead of the old distribution model of standing in line and picking what they want from tables of available food.  This allows the staff to ensure that they can evenly distribute the food available to all who need it in a safe and fair way.  The drive-thru format is also more comfortable for those who are using the Food Bank for the first time in their lives. “There’s nothing shameful about needing help at times. We hope that people feel like they are in their mom’s kitchen.  I don’t want people to ever go hungry or feel like they’ll be okay on their last can of beans.  It’s just food, we’re not giving away trips to Disneyland,” said McNelley.

The Food Bank of Nevada County received $20,000 from the Relief Fund, which has allowed them to increase access through a new grocery delivery program to our most vulnerable elderly and disabled citizens who cannot drive to a Food Bank distribution event.  The Food Bank is partnering with FREED, a Nevada County nonprofit whose mission is to promote independence and self-determination for people with disabilities through person-driven services, collaborative community partnerships and education, and leadership that advocates for fully inclusive communities.  FREED does the interview and intake process, and then the Food Bank facilitates the program in its entirety with a program coordinator; purchasing food, doing outreach, procuring equipment to keep the food safe during travel, reimbursement of fuel for volunteer drivers, and background checks.  “We are so thankful to the Relief Fund for making that happen,” McNeeley said.   “I want people to know we are here for them to keep good nutrition and good health whenever they may need us.”

To learn more about the Food Bank of Nevada County, or to donate or volunteer, visit foodbankofnc.org.

Community Beyond Violence

Another worthy cause that received $7,500 from the  Relief Fund was Community Beyond Violence (CBV), whose mission is to offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence, including domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

According to BBC News, domestic violence has increased by at least 20% worldwide during the COVID lockdown, and CBV Executive Director Stephanie Fischer says that she and her staff were surprised that for the first month they did not see the spike in calls that they had expected.  That was when they realized that while the abuse was likely increased, those being abused could not call for help or come to the CBV office because they were locked inside their homes with their abuser.  

The funding that CBV received from the Relief Fund has allowed them to innovate new ways to reach domestic violence victims by implementing a chat line on their website and a text line, so if they can’t get away to come to the CBV office or if calling is not a safe way to reach out, there are new options available.  “We needed to find a way to let people know we were still open and available.  90% of our budget comes from state and federal grants but they only pay for certain things.  We had to change and pivot; had to research the safest way to offer services online, how to sign consent waivers online, there were a lot of things that we had to figure out,” Fischer explained. 

Community Beyond Violence, a recent beneficiary of the Nevada County Relief Fund, is seeking to end all forms of domestic violence by engaging the community, empowering individuals, and reducing violence through prevention.
Submitted photo to Prospector |

The new accessibility has been working, since sadly, for the past month CBV has seen the spike in request for services that they had expected from the very beginning.  The demand for emergency shelter has doubled, and the crisis line calls have been filled with horrifying stories; so much so that the staff members need a lot more time to debrief because the calls are more extreme. 

 “We are having a lot more people call and come in and we are so glad that people are able to access our services,” Fischer said.  “We are so grateful to the Relief Fund.  At the beginning of COVID-19 we were connecting with our agency support network across the state, and other counties were talking about their community foundations, and we did not have one.  It was only a month later that Relief Fund was set up and people were donating; I am thoroughly impressed with how quickly the community responded to the need and gave generously to make sure our organizations and small businesses are taken care of.”

If you are suffering from domestic violence or human trafficking and cannot make a call, visit cbv.org and go to the chat option at the top of the page, or text them at 530-290-6555 for support that way.  Services for emergency housing are available.  If you want to donate go to the website or send a check to 960 McCourtney Rd E, Grass Valley, CA 95949.  Or you can text community2020 to 44321. 


The Nevada County Relief Fund is currently seeking donations for the second round of grants to be distributed in July.  Their goal is to raise $500,000 by July 4, and they are currently at $388,788.  All donations are tax-deductible. Help to make a difference in your community by visiting nevcorelief.org.  A small donation goes a long way. 

Current highway conditions: Jan. 9, 2020

UPDATE 1108 A.M.:

Caltrans says I-80 eastbound chain controls have been dropped. Chains are required on I-80 westbound from the Donner Lake Interchange to Eagle Lakes.

On State Route 20, chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 6 miles east of Washington Road to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

UPDATE 9:40 A.M.:

On Interstate 80, chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Nyack in Placer County to the Donner Lake Interchange in Nevada County.

On State Route 20, chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 9.3 miles east of Nevada City to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

Also on State Route 20, one-way controlled traffic at various locations from 3.9 miles west of the Yuba/Nevada County line at Parks Bar Bridge to Hammonton Smartsville Road in Smartsville (Yuba County) due to utility work. Work is expected to continue until 3 p.m. today, the resume from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, according to the Caltrans website.

No restrictions are reported on State Route 267 and State Route 28 at this time.


Interstate 80

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 3.4 miles east of Gold Run in Placer County to the Donner Lake Interchange in Nevada County.

Eastbound trucks are being screened at Applegate in Placer County. Westbound trucks are being screened 5 miles west of Reno at Mogul in Washoe County. Drivers must have maximum chains in their possession in order to proceed — permit loads are prohibited.

State Route 20

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 5 mile east of Nevada City to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

Eastbound trucks are being screened at Nevada Street in Nevada City.

State Route 49

No restrictions reported at this time.

State Route 174

No restrictions reported at this time.

State Route 267

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 5 miles south of Truckee to Kings Beach in Placer County.

State Route 89

Chains or snow tires are required from Squaw Valley Road in Placer County to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

Chains or snow tires are required from Truckee in Nevada County to the Sierra/Plumas County Line.

State Route 28

No restrictions reported at this time.

Source: Caltrans

Current highway conditions: Jan. 8, 2020

UPDATE 10:58 A.M.:

All controls on Interstate 80 have been dropped.

On State Route 20, there are no restrictions for Nevada County at this time.

On State Route 89, chains or snow tires are required from Bliss State Park in El Dorado County to Tahoe City in Placer County.

On State Route 28 and State Route 267, there are no restrictions at this time.


Interstate 80

For eastbound traffic: Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Cisco in Placer County to Truckee in Nevada County.

For westbound traffic: Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Truckee to 2.5 miles east of the Junction of State Route 20 in Nevada County.

State Route 20

Is reopened to eastbound trucks at Nevada Street in Nevada City (in Nevada County).

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 5 miles west of the Junction of I-80 to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

State Route 49

No restrictions at this time.

State Route 174

No restrictions at this time.

State Route 89

Chains or snow tires are required from Bliss State Park in El Dorado County to Squaw Valley Road in Placer County.

Chains or snow tires are required from Tahoma in Placer County to the Junction of I-80 in Nevada County.

Chains or snow tires are required from Truckee Nevada County to Sierraville in Sierra County.

State Route 28

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Tahoe City to 4 miles east of Tahoe City in Placer County.

State Route 267

No restrictions at this time.

Source: Caltrans

Report: Pediatric flu death reported in Placer County

AUBURN, Calif. — Placer County Public Health has been notified that a school-aged Placer County child recently died from complications of influenza. The child was previously healthy and died in a Placer County hospital.

“The loss of a child to influenza is heartbreaking and we extend our deepest sympathy to the family,” said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “This is a tragic reminder of just how serious influenza can be. I urge everyone to get an annual flu vaccine. While the flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, it does reduce the severity of the flu. Getting vaccinated reduces flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed days of school and work, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Please, please get a flu vaccination if you haven’t already.”

While flu vaccination is recommended annually for everyone 6 months and older, it is particularly important for young children, pregnant women, adults aged 65 and older and people with long-term health conditions.

It is also important to practice good health habits to limit the spread of influenza. Sick people should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms are gone; always cover coughs and sneezes; wash hands with soap and water; and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.

Influenza comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, and fatigue. People at higher risk of severe disease who have flu symptoms should contact their medical provider. Providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.

Flu activity continues to increase in California and across the nation. The predominant strain circulating in most areas is an influenza B virus, which is particularly dangerous in children.

“One common myth is that you can get the flu from a flu shot. The virus in the flu vaccine is inactivated and cannot cause the flu,” Sisson said. “Another common misconception is that influenza is the same as the ‘stomach flu.’ The ‘stomach flu’ is also called gastroenteritis and involves irritation of the stomach and intestines, often associated with vomiting or diarrhea. While not enjoyable, gastroenteritis normally resolves quickly. Influenza, on the other hand, attacks the respiratory system—your nose, throat, and lungs—and can be very serious, even deadly.”

Vaccination is safe, effective, and widely available. Most insurance plans, including Medi-Cal and Medicare, cover free flu vaccinations from your health care provider. Many pharmacies also offer no-cost or low-cost vaccines. To find a place to get a flu shot, visit vaccinefinder.org or call Placer County Public Health at 530-889-7183. For more information on influenza, please visit the CDC influenza website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Source: Placer County

Authorities ID driver in I-80 wreck near Blue Canyon

UPDATE at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Placer County authorities say the man who died in Monday’s crash on Interstate 80 was Michael Holderbein, 39, of Placerville.

According to officials, Holderbein died of multiple blunt force injuries. The death is considered an accident.

No autopsy will be performed.

UPDATE at 4:44 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

A fatal wreck on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon stalled traffic for hours as authorities worked to pull the victim from his vehicle, authorities said.

The deceased, whose name hasn’t been released, died around 1 p.m. after his eastbound silver 2005 Infinity Coupe struck an embankment and tree just west of Blue Canyon, said Officer Robert Schmidt with the California Highway Patrol.

“The vehicle was speeding and it attempted to pass other vehicles on the center divider,” Schmidt said. “He lost control due to the sand. He ended up going into the embankment.”

Passersby tried to pull the driver from his vehicle, which was smoking but not on fire. By the time first-responders arrived and extricated him, he had died, the officer said.

No other people were inside the vehicle, and no one else was hurt, Schmidt said.

The wreck slowed traffic for about three hours.

UPDATE at 4:16 p.m.

Traffic has almost returned to normal at the scene of what authorities called a fatal wreck, the Caltrans map shows.

UPDATE at 3:33 p.m.

Authorities have reopened some lanes, though traffic remains stymied in the area.

Initially posted

Authorities say a fatality on Interstate 80, west of Blue Canyon, has completely stopped eastbound traffic Monday afternoon.

The wreck happened around 12:55 p.m. A vehicle drove into a tree and then was on fire. People tried to get the driver out of the vehicle, but couldn’t, California Highway Patrol reports state.

Firefighters and a helicopter responded to the scene, and the Placer County coroner was called. Officers have stopped eastbound traffic at Whitmore Road, reports state.

Check back for more information about this incident.

Where’s Santa now? Use the NORAD Santa Tracker to find out

Here’s something to help kids struggling against the remaining hours to Christmas morning — The NORAD Santa tracker.

The website — http://www.noradsanta.org — provides detailed information as to Santa Claus’ location as he travels the globe distributing gifts. Visit the website and you’ll see an image of Santa and his sleigh travel the world, distributing over a million gifts per minute.

Users can click on key cities as Santa passes. A new window will open, giving the person the option of learning more about the area Santa just visited.

Santa left the North Pole early Christmas Eve, as he must circumnavigate the globe to reach all the children.

According to the website, the Santa tracker has existed for 60 years. It began when a Sears Roebuck & Co. ad misprinted a telephone number for Santa that children could call. The number instead connected children to the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor. The operations director then told staff to check their radar for Santa and give updates.

Weather predictions for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 20-22, 2019


Key Points

  • Moderate snow impacts mid morning Sunday – Evening
  • Minimal impacts valley from rain Sunday


  • Late Saturday – Sunday
    • Mountain snow, heaviest early Sunday – Sunday evening
      • Snow levels 4000 to 5500 feet
      • 4-12 inches at pass level, locally up to 18 inches
    • Light to moderate Valley rain

Weather Summary

A weather system is still on track to bring moderate travel impacts to the mountains Sunday.  The period of highest impacts will be mid morning Sunday through the evening. Snow will be moderate to heavy for a few hours and chain controls and difficult travel is likely in this window of time. In the Valley, rain will start Sunday morning and will be moderate at times causing some travel delays; however, overall impacts are expected to be minimal.

Donation Day parade returns to downtown Grass Valley for 136th year

Year after year, Nevada County citizens come together to participate in the Donation Day Parade, an event dedicated to providing families with food and community support.

Children from the Grass Valley School District march through the streets of downtown Grass Valley to bring awareness and collect donations.

The Ladies Relief Society was founded in 1873, collecting donations and delivering baskets of food to their neighbors in need. Ten years later, they were presented with the idea of Donation Day, where families could send donations into schools with their children.

This tradition began in 1883, when Grass Valley resident Caroline Meade Hansen looked out her window to see children walking to school and the idea for a “Donation Day” came to her as an epiphany. She promptly wrote to the Ladies Relief Society and the letter was published in late November in The Union.

“The donation from each child is so small there is hardly any family who could not afford to give it,” Hansen wrote, “but as there are several hundred children attending school, the aggregate might be of some value.”

The Grass Valley Daily Union, as it was known at the time, followed with a story to encourage the community to embrace the idea.

“Donation Day,” the bold headline read. “To-morrow having been selected as Donation Day, each pupil of the Public Schools who wishes to contribute to the happiness of the poor, during the holidays, is requested to bring their respective schools a potato and a stick of wood, on the day above mentioned, the same to be given to the Ladies Relief Society, for distribution among the needy.”

Since then, the day has been an annual event.

Donation boxes are placed in schools weeks before, so that families have time to make their contributions. With the end of the semester, students and staff will meet at Grass Valley Charter school and march together in the streets.

The Lyman Gilmore school band is set to play, and other participants will carry banners and cans. This year, rain might interfere with the parade. However, locals are still encouraged to come to the schools to make their donations. The boxes are collected by the Ladies Relief Society and distributed to citizens of Nevada County.

Anjali Figueira-Santos is a Forest Charter School student and intern at The Union. Contact her at editintern@theunion.com.

Sierra Roots, Nevada County warming shelter gets tested

Following criticism that it was not open enough last year, the Sierra Roots warming shelter updated its memorandum of understanding with Nevada City in August, adding Nevada County to the agreement along with changes to the criteria for opening its doors. Since then, the shelter opened for four days over Thanksgiving weekend in its first test of its new policies.

“The changes in the MOU have improved the system,” Sierra Roots Executive Director Paul Cogley said, “I think it’s still a wait-and-see when it comes to whether the new criteria will satisfy everybody for when it’s appropriate to open the shelter.”

The shelter opened Nov. 26 through 29 and was at or near its 30-cot capacity each day, Cogley said.

Under its previous agreement, Sierra Roots opened the warming shelter when Nevada City Manager Catrina Olson was contacted by Sierra Roots following either a temperature drop below 30 degrees; temperature drop below 34 degrees with 1 inch of rain in a 24-hour period or with snow on the ground; or three consecutive days of rain.

With the changes to the memorandum of understanding the Nevada County Office of Emergency Service now makes the determination to open the shelter if:

The National Weather Service’s low temperature prediction for Nevada City is forecasted to be at or below 30 degrees for a period of four hours or more overnight; the weather service low temperature prediction for Nevada City is at or below 32 degrees for a period of four hours or more overnight with snow on the ground in Nevada City; the weather service issues a winter storm warning for western Nevada County for elevations at or below 3,000 feet; or during any other extreme weather event or condition identified by the Office of Emergency Services in consultation with Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency and city staff.

“It’s always been a controversial question of what is the triggering event,” Cogley said. “That put two people (the Nevada City manager and Sierra Roots board president) in the seat of controversy as to whether a weather event triggers opening the shelter or not. This year the county has taken full responsibility for making that decision. The new criteria was supposed to resolve some of the issues, but we still have to see if that’s the case.”


According to Nevada County Housing Resources Manager Brendan Phillips, the county joined the agreement in order to help Sierra Roots’ efforts, to provide better communication, and because the shelter uses county funding and a county-owned building.

“The county just wanted a hand in helping all of the parties involved,” Phillips said. “We wanted to support the implementation of the cold weather shelter and offer any assistance we could, both financially and with staffing where applicable. We put money on the table so that’s essentially why the county got involved.”

The new agreement designates the Nevada City Veterans Hall as the priority building used for extreme weather sheltering, meaning if private parties rented the space they will get 24 hours’ notice before it’s commandeered for Sierra Roots’ warming shelter, except during blackout dates when the space is reserved by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Previously, if a tenant had rented the Vets Hall from the city when the shelter was needed we would either move to Seaman’s Lodge or we would be out of luck if the Seaman’s Lodge was not available,” Cogley said. “Because the Office of Emergency Services is involved in the decision making, by county policy that means the Vets Hall becomes a priority emergency use — we didn’t have that status before. When OES says it’s time to open a shelter, we are the primary user and that’s included in people’s rental agreement.”

According to Cogley, the changes have also helped make the set-up and closing of the shelter more efficient by adding a dedicated storage container near the shelter housing the needed equipment so that volunteers no longer have to drive equipment and supplies to the location, which could take as long as two hours each time.

Nevada County Housing Director Mike Dent said the changes to the warming shelter have had the intended effect of better communication and efficiency so far, with the added benefits of fewer complaints about the shelter’s opening.

“We did it for efficiency in operating and enhancing communication and we have had really good communication so far this year,” Dent said. “There’s less complaints, but are we going to make everybody happy? No, not until we have a permanent location and permanent funding for that location will anybody be completely happy.”

The warming shelter is only funded to open for less than 30 days between last month and April, which is not enough to meet the needs of the homeless, Cogley said.

“Sierra Roots is working very well with the city staff and with the county staff, its a collaboration,” Cogley said. “The financial help from the county is great, but we still need donations for the shelter to continue in Nevada City.”

For more information or to donate to Sierra Roots, visit www.sierraroots.org.

RESOURCES Available to Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Since July, Nevada County has been operating a Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement team, or HOME, which provides case management services and coordinates with other agencies to provide medical and housing resources. Since the first two months of its inception, HOME has engaged 63 people, with eight receiving medical engagement, 14 placed into treatment, and seven receiving recovery residencies. To reach the HOME team, call 530-470-2686 or email home@co.nevada.ca.us.

Other resources available to Nevada County residents experiencing housing insecurity are listed below:

Regional Housing Authority

Phone: 530-671-0220; website: www.regionalha.org/home

Nevada County housing, residential and homeless services

Phone: 530-265-1437; website: www.mynevadacounty.com/461/Housing-Residential-Homeless-Services

Pets of the Homelessness

Phone: 775-841-7463; website: www.petsofthehomeless.org

Cal Works assistance

Phone: 530-265-1760; website: www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/index.jsp

Interfaith Food Ministry

Phone: 530-273-8132; website: www.interfaithfoodministry.org

Food Bank of Nevada County

Phone: 530-272-3796; website: www.foodbankofnc.org

Nevada County employment services

Phone: 530-265-1760; website: www.mynevadacounty.com/1544/Employment-Services

Housing guide

Phone: 211; website: www.211connectingpoint.org/resources/housing-guide

For students

Phone: 530-478-6400; website: www.nevco.org/programs-services/homeless-youth-services-mckinney-vento

Nevada County veterans services

Phone: 530-273-3396; website: www.mynevadacounty.com/976/Veterans-Services

Emergency shelters

Booth Family Center: 530-272-2669

Hospitality House: 530-615-0852

Salvation Army: 530-274-3500

Website: www.shelterlistings.org/county/ca-nevada-county.html

To contact Staff Writer John Orona email jorona@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.