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Nevada City Issues First Homeless Camping Approval Permit

Nevada City is moving forward with implementation of the homeless camping permitting process. Police Chief Jim Wickham, at last night’s City Council meeting, issued the first Camping Approval Permit to “Bill” a long time member of the Nevada City homeless community. Bill has been in Nevada County his entire life.
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bill-homeless-permitBill is a “Tier 1″ Homeless Camper- meaning he has only had positive contact with law enforcement.  He has been “camping” in the same location for over three years and is a “model Homeless Citizen”.  Bill does what he can to keep the community respectable, and wants to be part of a solution. He sees the permit process as a positive step.
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Posting signs about illegal camping has helped reduce some campers as 12 of 15 sites at Sugarloaf Mountain were abandoned when the signs went up.
As permitting moves forward, Chief Wickham says that the city is looking at ways to clean up existing “homeless camps” and is investigating ways to provide some basic sanitation service for the homeless that are approved to camp.
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Wickham and other city staff estimate it will cost just under $5000 dollars to clean up and secure Sugarloaf Mountain which has been used as a homeless camp and also public dumping grounds for a number of years.

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