The National Weather Service predicts significantly COLD weather and possible LOW SNOW starting Sunday through at least Wednesday morning of next week. Considering the weather prediction, Sierra Roots and the County of Nevada are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for Sunday through Tuesday nights with COVID-19 safety measures in place. The shelter event may be extended as weather conditions dictate.
Sierra Roots volunteers and staff will focus on providing safe and socially distanced sheltering during the weather event, in alignment with Public Heath COVID protocol. Utilizing the congregate model at a reduced capacity will permit greater social distancing of 6-ft or more. Guests will be medically screened and will agree to follow COVID protocols to limit the potential spread amongst shelter guests, including wearing a mask at all times. Sheltering capacity will be greatly limited to accommodate social distancing and modified programming. Sierra Roots staff will be screening for the most vulnerable homeless residents to help those in greatest need. Unfortunately, this will present the possibility of having to turn folks away from the shelter when the facility’s capacity has been reached.
The shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Nevada City Veterans Hall and will close at 7:30 a.m. each morning. This is a community-wide collaborative effort to temporarily shelter one of our most vulnerable populations during extreme weather events and connects homeless residents to additional services.
Of note, the six previous shelter nights held so far this winter have served a total of 71 unduplicated individuals.
With Sierra Roots leading the overall efforts, the Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement Team (HOME Team) will provide case management services to attendees. Hospitality House will provide Homeless Access Transportation (HAT) to and from the sheltering location. The Nevada County Veteran Services Office will also connect homeless veterans to available services.
City of Nevada City: Veterans Hall (lower level) 415 North Pine Street, Nevada City CA 95959
Anyone experiencing a housing crisis can gain further referral assistance for shelter, food, healthcare, and other services by dialing 2-1-1 or 1(844) 319-4119 to speak with a local 211 Connecting Point call specialist.
If you see or know someone experiencing homelessness or have concerns about unhoused individuals contact the HOME Team.
Call: (530) 470-2686 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Activation Protocol:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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-profit organizations working on homelessness can visit the Better Together Volunteer Hub at ConnectingPoint.org/BetterTogether.
Sierra Roots takes a grass roots relationship-based approach in our work with homeless people and acknowledges the dignity of the homeless person and nurtures the connections within the community to lessen isolation and promote well-being. Sierra Roots is dedicated to listening to and collaborating with homeless people in helping them to define and meet their needs and is committed to helping homeless people secure safe homes and to progress in health and self-reliance. For more information about Sierra Roots, visit http://www.sierraroots.org/ .