Salvation Army nets $1.6 million grant to tackle homelessness
Senior Staff Writer
Flush with a $1.6 million grant designed to address homelessness, representatives from the Salvation Army of Nevada County are cautioning that the money is not a simple hand-out.
The agency has been flooded with calls since the substantial grant was announced, according to Capt. Martha Sheppard.
After case referrals are made to the Salvation Army from other area groups who deal with the homeless, “We will do an intense screening process,” Sheppard said.
The idea is to rehouse individuals and families on the street with services and funding, and to make sure those about to become homeless don’t.
“We won’t just give them money, we’ll give them instruction on how to use it,” Sheppard said.
The grant money is spread out over the next three years and recipients will have their case managed for up to 18 months, Sheppard said.
“If they won’t (agree to the guidelines), they can’t be in the program,” Sheppard said.
He added that applicant interviews may begin as soon as Nov. 1.
“We won’t stop homelessness, but it (grant) will help us identify people for housing and give us referral possibilities,” Sheppard said. The information will also provide a database for future grant applications.
“If people are not eligible, we will still work with them,” to get some kind of assistance, Sheppard said.
The grant was written and coordinated by Michele Violet of the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency.
According to Nevada County Chief Executive Officer Rick Haffey, applicants selected for financial aid may use the money for:
• Short-term rental help up to three months.
• Medium-term rental assistance from four to 18 months.
• Security deposits.
• Utility deposits and payments.
• Moving costs.
• Hotel and motel vouchers.
• Repair credits.
• Outreach services.
• Case management.
• Housing search and placement.
Other partners in the grant include the Family Resource Center of Truckee, Hospitality House in Grass Valley, Community Recovery Resources, Legal Services of Northern California, the Nevada County Hosing Development Corp., and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.
Once the grant expires, the Salvation Army will turn to different funding sources to keep the program going, Sheppard said.
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