Over $1.5 million in federal government stimulus funds is being sent to Nevada county to address both homelessness and to offer people in need help paying pay their monthly rent. The Salvation Army is flush with a $1.6 million grant designed to address these problems.
The funds have two main goals. The money is intended to stop evictions and prevent people from becoming homeless, and also to rehouse individuals and families on the street with support services and cash grants.
The grant money being provided by the federal government will be spread out over the next three years and recipients of the money will have their case managed for up to 18 months, and they can also get up to 18 months of rent.
While there are some conditions to the program, even if people are not eligible for aid, they we will still work with them to offer them some type of assistance.
The grant was coordinated by the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, and according to the Nevada County Chief Executive Officer, applicants selected to the program for financial aid may use the money for:
The Salvation has partnered with others in the grant, and they include Community Recovery Resources, the Family Resource Center of Truckee, Hospitality House in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Hosing Development Corp., Legal Services of Northern California, and also the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.
Maybe the main place to turn to for assistance is the Nevada County Housing and Community Services. This is an agency that focuses on addressing poverty in the region, with a focus on helping individuals and families gain self-sufficiency. Some of what qualified clients may find from the agency includes referrals, information on government programs such as low income energy bills / HEAP, and housing assistance.
Much of the housing assistance comes from the federally funded Tenant Based Rental Assistance. Depending on the amount of government grants issued in a particular year, this can offer the low income with funds to pay their rent or a security deposit. However Community Services is also the regional housing authority, so staff can offer information on section 8 vouchers or other solutions.
Some of the resources for paying utility bills include HEAP and a crisis intervention program. The very low income, disabled and elderly can receive one time help for paying heating or cooling costs. Weatherization is also a key service that Nevada County residents can apply for.
Call for more information on their resources or details on other state of California or federal government benefits that the non-profit is involved in. Both short term financial help may be distributed as well as information on longer term self-sufficiency and stability services. More on assistance from Nevada County Housing and Community Services.
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