December 8, 2021 – The National Weather Service predicts significantly COLD and WET weather starting Thursday night through Saturday morning. Considering the weather prediction, Sierra Roots and the County of Nevada are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for Thursday and Friday nights with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Considering COVID-19 sheltering protocols, and in conjunction with Public Health Department directives, Sierra Roots volunteers and staff will focus on providing safe and socially distanced sheltering during the weather event. Utilizing the congregate model at a greatly reduced capacity will permit greater social distancing of 6-ft or more. Guests will be medically screened and will agree to follow County rules related to limiting the potential of spreading COVID-19 amongst shelter guests, including wearing a mask at all times. Sheltering capacity will be limited to 15 people to accommodate social distancing and modified programming. Sierra Roots staff will be screening for the most vulnerable homeless residents in an effort to help those in greatest need. This will, unfortunately, present the real possibility of having to turn folks away from the shelter when the capacity of the facility has been reached.
The shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Nevada City Veteran’s Hall every night 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 available services.
With Sierra Roots leading the overall efforts, the Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement Team (HOME Team) will provide case management services to attendees and Hospitality House will assist in providing Homeless Access Transportation (HAT) to and from the sheltering location. The Nevada County Veteran Services Office will also be available for connecting homeless veterans to available services.
Location – City of Nevada City:
Veterans Hall (lower level) 415 North Pine Street, Nevada City CA 95959
Further 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:
- 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/ .