Nevada City cold weather shelter operating agreement extended |

Nevada City cold weather shelter operating agreement extended

​With a wet winter predicted this year, Nevada City, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, Sierra Roots, the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, the Nevada County Food Bank, Hospitality House, and Divine Spark, has agreed to extend last year’s Cold Weather Shelter operating agreement through May 1, 2017.

The goal of the Cold Weather Shelter is to provide emergency shelter to homeless citizens of Nevada City on winter nights when the temperature is below 28 degrees, heavy rains are expected, or there is snow on the ground.

The Salvation Army is the lead agency for activating the Cold Weather Shelter and, after consultation with partners including Nevada City and Sierra Roots, will make a decision to open the shelter by 4 p.m. on the night the shelter is to be opened. The shelter will be operated by volunteer staff trained in a partnership between the Salvation Army and Sierra Roots. These organizations will also coordinate the transportation of citizens to the Cold Weather Shelter.

The decision to open the Cold Weather Shelter is based on weather forecasts for that night and the ability to have volunteers available to operate the shelter. In the event the Salvation Army facility in Grass Valley is full or extreme weather conditions make it unsafe to transport citizens to their Grass Valley facility, Nevada City may open up city facilities to accommodate the need for that night.

The Health and Human Service Agency will coordinate distribution of the day’s official weather forecast from the Office of Emergency Services, assist with health screenings and provide eligibility services as needed. Hospitality House will coordinate referrals for citizens when capacity or eligibility into their facility dictates.

Upcoming events at the Library

​The Family Movie Afternoon for Monday will be “Alice in Wonderland,” shown at 3:30 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Admission to the movie is also free.

Beginning Excel, a free technology class will be held on Wednesday, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Collaborative Technology Center at the Madelyn Helling Library.

Lawyer in the Library is held the first Friday of every month in the Madelyn Helling Library.

On Friday from 3-5 p.m., attorneys from the Public Defender’s and District Attorney’s Office are available for a free consultation for up to 10 minutes at a time. Register for your session at 530-265-7050.

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