County gets renewed housing funding |

County gets renewed housing funding

The Nevada County Department of Social Services CalWORKS program was awarded renewed funding for the Housing Support Program for Fiscal Year 2016-17 in the amount of $163,750. This is the second year Nevada County has applied for and received this state funding to assist CalWORKs participant families to secure permanent housing. To qualify, active CalWORKs families must be homeless, meaning they are living in a shelter, have no permanent nighttime residence, or are being evicted through a court order.

In the first year the program was available in Nevada County (December 2015-June 2016), a total of 34 families were enrolled for assistance and 11 were permanently housed; 15 families continue to look for permanent housing; and eight families have left the program still homeless. A total of 28 families received some form of financial assistance to help them move toward permanency.

This year, starting in July, Social Services anticipates serving an additional 30 families, and providing ongoing support to those that have already secured permanent housing. The county is partnering with the Partners Family Resource Centers and the Grass Valley Salvation Army to provide temporary housing and rapid rehousing case management to these families. The program provides short-term rental assistance to help each family secure permanent housing. Additionally, CalWORKs provides subsidized employment opportunities to participants to help them secure long-term employment leading to financial independence and ongoing permanent housing on their own. The biggest obstacle the program faces is finding affordable rentals and willing landlords to help homeless families get back on their feet.

For more information, contact Mali Dyck, CalWORKs Program Manager at 530-470-2631 or

Public Health Department invites residents to participate in community meetings

​The Public Health Department and a diverse Steering Committee is continuing progress on the Community Health Improvement Plan, and they invite all community members to participate in community meetings next week.

Earlier this year, the CHIP steering committee conducted well-attended community visioning sessions where members of the community were asked to share their vision for a healthier community. In a follow up to the visioning sessions, the Committee will be hosting “Strategy Café” Sessions on Tuesday. Learn what has happened since the visioning sessions and review CHIP goals and objectives.

Background information on this project: Last year the Public Health Department conducted a Community Health Assessment with the goal of developing strategies to address the community’s health needs and identified issues. We are now in the process of developing a corresponding Community Health Improvement Plan. A CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of CHA activities and the community health improvement process. The CHIP can be used by health, education and other human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources. It is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community through a collaborative process and should address the extent and scope of strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the community to improve the health status of that community.

For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Cathy Cross at 530-265-1455 or

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