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County Looking For Place to Shelter Sick Homeless

None of Nevada County’s homeless have tested positive for coronavirus, but the population remains one of the most vulnerable. The County Office of Emergency Services and other partners have created a task force to figure out the best way to protect them if things get a lot worse. Nevada County Director of Housing and Community Services Mike Dent says right now, those who are homeless and either showing symptoms or maybe exposed to the virus can be sheltered in motel rooms, and that has been done on a few occasions…

Listen to Mike Dent 1

But Dent says the goal of the task force is to find a way, or a place, to house a hundred people for 60 days if necessary…

Listen to Mike Dent 2

Dent says they’ve taken a tour of the Fairgrounds, but there’s no agreement in place to use that facility. The task force is made up of county officials, key non-profits, and officials from the cities of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee. Dent says there’s no firm timeline to get a plan in place, but with the potential for the virus to keep spreading, they’re looking for something as soon as possible.


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