For the past several years, the Nevada City Severe Weather Shelter has been housed at either the Veteran’s Building on North Pine Street or Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park. This year the shelter will still exist, but it will look quite a bit different. Sierra Roots will still be responsible for managing the shelter but Nevada City City Manager, Catrina Olsen, says the Veteran’s Hall and Seaman’s Lodge are secondary facilities.
Motel rooms allow for easier social distancing for homeless individuals rather than a group setting like the traditional weather shelters.
When the motel rooms reach capacity, the Veterans Hall will be activated. However, there are limitations because of COVID.
As part of discussion, council member Doug Fleming inquired about raising the temperatures that trigger opening the shelters. But County Housing And Community Services Director Mike Dent says that is currently not an option.*
Fleming praises Sierra Roots and the County for working with the city on the issue.
The council unanimously approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the city, the county, and Sierra Roots.