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$263K in homeless prevention funds awarded

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​The Nevada County Department of Social Services was recently awarded $263,750 from the California Department of Social Services CalWORKs Housing Support Program to assist needy families in a rapid rehousing program to prevent homelessness.

These funds will allow Nevada County Department of Social Services CalWORKs Division to provide rental subsidies to up to 40 families who are currently experiencing homelessness.

The subsidies will average six months in length per family and will be dovetailed with the Housing and Community Services Tenant Based Rental Assistance program to assist families with both security deposits and rent.

This program will create housing stability for homeless families, allowing CalWORKs parents to focus on their individually customized Welfare to Work employment plan. The program goal is for families to establish financial security during the subsidized time period and be ready to take over paying their rent after the subsidy ends.

To qualify, families must be on CalWORKs assistance and homelessness must be identified as a barrier to employment or self-sufficiency.

The California Department of Social Services defines a family as homeless as lacking a fixed and regular nighttime residence and either have a primary nighttime residence that is supervised by a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations or reside in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Families with a judgment for eviction as ordered by a court are also eligible. Prioritization will be given to families that are currently living in a temporary shelter in order to free up rooms/beds for other families in need.

County staff are working to get new processes and plans in place to begin this program on Nov. 1.

Organizations or individuals who want to refer families to see if they qualify should contact to the Nevada County CalWORKs office at 530-265-1760 after Oct. 20. Eligible clients and their families will be added to a waiting list and screened accordingly.

For more information, contact Mali Dyck, CalWORKs program manager, at mali.dyck@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-470-2631.

Affordable Care Act open enrollment period beginning soon

​Open enrollment is approaching. Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada County Department of Social Services has been able to provide over 10,000 additional residents with Medi-Cal benefits and services over the past two years.

While anyone can apply for the Medi-Cal program at any time during the year, those who are over the income limits for Medi-Cal can obtain medical insurance during the 2016 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1 and continuing until Jan. 31, 2016.

Once the open enrollment period begins, Nevada County citizens will be able to purchase health coverage through the Covered California Marketplace. Applicants may be eligible to receive the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC), reducing the amount they pay for the selected health plan premiums.

Tax penalties increase each year for those individuals who do not obtain minimum essential health coverage.

Interested citizens can apply for health plans online by going to http://www.CoveredCA.com, or by calling 800-300-1506. They can also apply online through the Nevada County Department of Social Services at http://www.C4Yourself.com; or at one of our local offices located at the Rood Building, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Prospective applicants can also call the Nevada County Department of Social Services at 530-265-1340 to complete an application by phone. A final option available is to dial 211 on a local phone and speak to a Dial-211 Nevada County operator who is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions related to open enrollment, and can assist in enrolling those interested in applying.

For more information, or to live chat with an operator, go to http://211nevadacounty.org.

New drive-by citizen drop box installed at Rood Center

​Information and General Services completed the installation of a new drive-by drop box for ballots and tax payments at the Rood Center.

One-way striping and signage will be installed soon to the parking lot lane in front of the box. The new drop-off box will enable an increased service level for the Tax Collector and Registrar of Voters by allowing citizens to drop off election ballots and tax payments in a drive-by, stay-in-your-car manner.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

To promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct. 25-31), the Nevada County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will be having a lead awareness event from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 29, at the Grass Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center located at 235 S. Auburn St., in Grass Valley.

Public participants can bring dishes, pottery, pans, paint, and toys to be tested for Lead and additional lead awareness information will be available as well.

The Nevada County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program is comprised of members from both Nevada County Public Health and Nevada County Environmental Health Departments. They work closely together to investigate the cause of and provide case management for any elevated blood lead levels in children within Nevada County.

If you would like more information regarding the event, contact Karen with Grass Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center at 530-273-4059.

Upcoming events at the library

The library will be hosting “Paws to Read,” where children can build their literacy skills while reading to a certified therapy dog. Join in at the Madelyn Helling Library from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday; all ages and reading proficiencies welcome.

On Thursday, Mac Security will be held from 3-4 p.m. in the Collaborative Technology Center at the Madelyn Helling Library.

This free technology class will give an introduction and offer recommended steps you can take to protect your Apple computer.

The library will be showing “Rebecca” for their Classic Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. on Friday, in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Teen Movie Marathon will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the same location and will be featuring “Hunger Games.”

For more information, call the library at 530-265-7050.


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