County CEO: Community Development Block Grant funds available |

County CEO: Community Development Block Grant funds available

​Nevada County is releasing $609,000 of existing CDBG money that will be made available for CDBG-allowable activities, according to the weekly memorandum from County CEO Rick Haffey to the Board of Supervisors.

At 2 p.m. Monday, the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) will be hosting a public hearing in the Empire Room at the Rood Center to seek public input on potential projects.

Potential projects must meet the CDBG National Objectives to benefit low income households or persons, or meet urgent community development needs. (A guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs can be found online with this story.)

All project suggestions brought forward at the public hearing will be reviewed for CDBG compliance and recommendations will be presented to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and the State Department of Housing and Community Services for approval. For additional information, please contact HHSA Director, Stewart Knox at 530-470-2562.

Jail Education Program helps inmates reintegrate

The Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility are committed to ensuring that upon release, inmates are able to successfully reintegrate into the community as contributing members of society, Haffey wrote.

The jail connects inmates to a variety of programs and services that help them safely transition.

One such program is the inmate education program in which the jail has partnered with the Nevada Union Adult School to provide educational opportunities to inmates.

In 2013, 71 students enrolled in GED classes, and 25 earned their GED by completing and passing all five tests. An additional inmate earned a high school diploma.

The Wayne Brown Correctional Facility is operated by the sheriff’s office and is the primary jail for Nevada County, with a capacity of 288 beds.

With a mission to protect public safety, one of the challenges is not only providing for secure incarceration of inmates, but also how to ensure that upon release they don’t simply commit a new crime and land themselves back in jail.

The inmate education program is a powerful tool in this effort, as studies have shown that education reduces the chances an inmate will commit a new crime

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