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Hospitality House emergency assistance programs

Individuals and families who are facing hunger, that are threatened with the lose of their housing or are homeless can turn to Hospitality House for relief. Through its services, such as rapid rehousing or the various food programs, the agency provides assistance.

When it comes to housing assistance in Nevada County, there are subsidies to help clients afford the rent or security deposit expenses of a new apartment. This aid is offered as part of an effort to assist clients in securing and maintaining permanent housing.

When funding allows, rental assistance is available for either the short term (up to three months) or the long term, which will be between four and 18 months. Financial assistance can also be used to offset security or utility deposits and payments, and moving costs.

There are instances in which Hospitality House provides monetary aid for any legal services that are needed to resolve issues that prohibit clients from obtaining permanent housing. In addition, the organization offers credit repair services and helps clients develop housing stabilization plans.

Individuals and families in Nevada County who are currently homeless are eligible for the rapid rehousing service. Qualified households must have an income that is no more than 30% of the Nevada County median income and lack the sufficient resources and support networks necessary to retain housing on their own without assistance from Hospitality House. All clients must have a reasonable plan for sustaining the home too.

The federally funded Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is designed to help persons who are facing eviction or a foreclosure, or that are currently homeless. This program features case management and financial assistance for rent payments and security deposits. Hospitality House will also facilitate foreclosure counseling.

The ESG program focuses on helping clients avoid homelessness by retaining housing. If that goal can't be achieved, then they will try to mitigate homelessness in the region by working with the family on securing new permanent home as quickly as possible.





Hospitality House provides financial aid for home-energy expenses through the Low-Income Home-Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP grants can be used to start new heating services, pay for tank rentals and/or deliveries, and resume utility services following a disconnection. This program also provides financial assistance to clients who are current on their utility bill.

Low-income families, single parents, and senior citizens may qualify for LIHEAP. When the program is available, appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis through Hospitality House’s energy call center. An appointment does not guarantee qualification for the program, as the resource is limited in scope and funding. The State of California funds LIHEAP.

Under the SNAP - Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, low-income individuals can obtain subsidies to use for paying for their grocery bill. This is known as CalFresh in California. SNAP was formerly known as the food stamp program. Hospitality House helps clients complete and submit their application to the benefits.

The agency offers referrals if clients need additional food resources for CalFresh or anything else. A Nevada County based food pantry operated by Hospitality House provides a three-day supply of groceries for eligible persons. Canned fruits and vegetables, milk, meat, and other goods are available.

Free yet nutritious noontime meals are served to elderly persons at various locations managed by Hospitality House and its partners. In addition to meals, this service provides its clientele with an opportunity to socialize and meet new people. A home-delivery service, also known as Meals on Wheels, is also available to homebound individuals who are too ill or frail to travel to a congregate site.

Free cell phones from Lifeline are available in Nevada County California. These are offered to low-income persons who satisfy eligibility guidelines. The government-supported Safelink Wireless program also provides up to 250 minutes per month, including local and long distance calls, text messages and voicemail. Clients of Hospitality House can use this program to respond to job interview inquiries and maintain a point of contact during family emergencies.




Hospitality House administers an outreach case management program to help unsheltered homeless persons connect with resources that can help them. Homelessness is way of life for some individuals who choose to not avail themselves of services. If case managers from Hospitality House cannot convince such persons to take advantage of available programs available to them, the agency helps them survive while they live unsheltered.

For more information regarding any of the services, or for a referral, contact Hospitality House. The agency is located at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, California 95945 and can be reached by phone at (530) 271-7144.


By Jon McNamara











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