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HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS IN NEVADA COUNTY?

The issue of homelessness is a complex one…our view is to pursue a holistic approach which includes housing, healthy food, self-governance, re-skilling and community support.

In 2005, the State of Utah set out to fix a problem that’s often thought of as unfixable: chronic homelessness. The state had almost two thousand chronically homeless people. Most of them had mental-health or substance-abuse issues, or both. At the time, the standard approach was to try to make homeless people “housing ready”: first, you got people into shelters or halfway houses and put them into treatment; only when they made progress could they get a chance at permanent housing. Utah, though, embraced a different strategy, called Housing First: it started by just giving the homeless homes. 

Source: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/home-free.

Our solution is also a ‘Housing First’ approach:

Housing is treatment:

HOMELESS FAQS Community Concerns of the Homeless are

  • Un-permitted & unsafe camping
  • Fire dangers & environmental degradation
  • Multiple public health concerns, such as lack of adequate sewage/bathrooms
  • Animals needing care
  • High cost of Emergency Room & Hospital visits
  • Effect on beauty of historical district
  • Behaviors that alienate local business owners and tourists.

    Challenges and Barriers for the Homeless include:
    • Risk of illness or death, by being unsheltered
    • Low to zero income, lack of employment, & limited job opportunities which can’t afford any type of housing
    • No access to basic hygiene facilities
    • No transportation to access support systems
    • Substance misuse/overuse and behavioral health struggles
    • Multiple unaddressed physical and dental health needs.

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