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January 14, 2020 – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the foothills down to the 2000 foot elevation. Low snow levels and cold temperatures are predicted this Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Sierra Roots, Salvation Army, the City of Nevada City, and the County of Nevada have initiated their Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for Wednesday and Thursday nights, January 15th through 16th. The Sierra Roots Weather Shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. each evening at the Seamans Lodge location in Nevada City and at 5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army location in Grass Valley. Both shelters close at 7:30 a.m. the next morning. This collaborative effort temporarily shelters one of our most vulnerable populations during extreme weather events and connects homeless residents to additional available services.

The Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement Team (HOME Team) will provide case management services to attendees and Hospitality House will assist in providing HAT Van transportation to and from the sheltering locations. The Nevada County Veteran Services Office will also be available for connecting homeless veterans to available services.

Location:
City of Nevada City
Seaman’s Lodge (Pioneer Park) located at 432 Nimrod Street, Nevada City CA 95959

Grass Valley Area:
Salvation Army located at 10725 Alta St, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Phone: (530) 274-3500
NOTE: This facility is Limited to 20 people maximum and for Homeless Families Only.
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urther assistance for homeless residents can also be gained by dialing 2-1-1 or 1(844) 319-4119 to speak with a local 211 Connecting Point call specialist.

Shelter Activation Protocol:

  1. Per the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services: National Weather Service’s LOW temperature prediction for the City of Nevada City is forecasted to be at or below 30 degrees, for a period of 4 hours or more overnight; or
  2. National Weather Service LOW temperature prediction for the City of Nevada City is at or below 32 degrees, for a period of 4 hours or more overnight, with snow on the ground in Nevada City; or
  3. Per the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services: National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Western Nevada County for elevations at or below 3,000 feet.
  4. Any other extreme weather event or condition identified by the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services in consultation with Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency and City staff.

Better Together Nevada County

Better Together Nevada County is an overall strategy spearheaded by County of Nevada to support innovative and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders, while educating the public, and inviting them to be part of the solution. Community Members wishing to learn more about volunteer opportunities to support non-profits working on homelessness can visit the Better Together Volunteer Hub at ConnectingPoint.org/BetterTogether.