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Nevada County Housing and Community Services.

Nevada County Housing and Community Services is a leading poverty fighting community action agency for the area. They work with low income households to provide them with, or refer them to, the assistance they need. Many of the resources available in the county and much of the funding comes from federal government or state of California grants and funds.

Some of the programs administered by the agency include Housing Rehabilitation Loans and Grants, the Home Energy Assistance Program, Down Payment Loans and Grants, and Weatherization. More details on these services are below. Community Services can also offer referrals to those who need help and advice.

Weatherization and Energy Conservation Services are offered in partnership with the Project Go, Inc. The number to dial for applications and information is 1-800-655-7705. For those low income Nevada County families that qualify, weatherization will provide them with free updates and measures that can help them save money on their heating and utility bills. The focus is on the elderly and very low income that are high energy users.

Some of what weatherization can provide for includes heating and cooling systems, insulation and air sealing, duct repair, caulking, furnace tune ups, or energy efficient lighting. All of this, and even energy efficiency appliances, can be installed into a home in order to reduce energy usage and utility bills. Another benefit is it will also improve the health and overall safety of the home.

Assistance for security deposits, and maybe even rent, can be provided by the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. This TBRA provides funds to pay security deposits to qualifying low-income renters in Nevada County. The money will be issued as a one-time only grant.

The agency also serves as the Housing Authority for the region. It covers the counties of Sutter, Colusa and Nevada California. The main goal of the government affiliated Housing Authority services are to assist low and moderate income residents, the homeless, elderly and disabled persons. Staff and counselors will ensure they receive affordable and safe housing or apartments at affordable costs. The main housing authority office is at 1455 Butte House Road, Yuba City, California 95993. Call (530) 671-0220 for intake.




Nevada County utility bill assistance programs include the federal government funded Home Energy Assistance Grant Program (HEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention, and resources from PG&E. Together these programs can help the low income and seniors receive emergency assistance for the bills. Most of the aid is for those that are facing utility shut-offs and funding can pay for propane, natural gas, or even propane. Assistance is paid out on a first come and served basis to those that qualify. Call 1-888-524-5705 or community services to apply.

Housing programs include rehabilitation loans and maybe grants as well Down Payment Assistance. The Rehabilitation covers rural Nevada County and it can issue low interest loans for fixing basic health and safety needs, such as heating and cooling systems, foundation repair/installation, or roof repairs. Help for down payment can be available in the form of a low interest loan. It will be for first time home buyers only.

The various Nevada County Housing and Community Services programs include special grant funded projects which contribute to achieving the priorities and goals that are set by the Board of Supervisors. This will include general projects, funds for economic development, and community services. The organization also works closely with local non-profit agencies that are involved in serving low-income and working poor residents throughout Nevada County.

What is listed above is only a sampling of what may be available. They will also have information, information on government benefits, and other aid for income qualified residents. Contact the Nevada County Housing and Community Services at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 for more information. Or call (530) 265-1645.




By Jon McNamara











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