HOMELESS FAQS

Community Concerns of the Homeless are:

  • Un-permitted & unsafe camping
  • Fire dangers & environmental degradation
  • Multiple public health concerns
    • No sewage/bathrooms
  • Animals needing care
  • High cost of Emergency Room & Hospital visits
  • Affect 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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HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE HOMELESS PROBLEM 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:
    • Fewer Emergency Room visits
    • Safety and security of person & effects
    • Better quality of life
    • Reduce substance abuse
    • Shelter from inclement weather
  • Reduce involvement with police and criminal justice systems
  • Significant financial savings to the community
  • Reduce fire danger from un-permitted campfires