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Warming Shelter Issues Heat Up Council Meeting

The conversation was a little heated at times as the Nevada City City Council received an update on this past winter’s warming shelter activities. Sierra Roots is the non-profit that manages the shelter in Nevada City. President, Janice O’Brien, said the biggest issue was the impact of a large number of homeless people from Grass Valley using shelter services because Grass Valley offered no services.

Listen to Janice O’Brien

O’Brien also said the crowded conditions with many unfamiliar faces led to some uncomfortable situations at times.¬† Sierra Roots Vice President, Keith Cantrell, said some out-of-town guests¬†had special needs- referring to a Veteran that was dropped at the shelter.

Listen to Keith Cantrell

Council member Reinette Senum, said that that Grass Valley’s homeless should not be Nevada City’s problem.

Listen to Reinette Senum

Senum also stated that she believes the county should take a leadership role in sheltering the homeless on freezing nights.

Because of the strenuous conditions and limited resources, O’Brien and Cantrell said they will only take clients from Nevada City next year.

The shelter opened sixteen nights during the winter. City Manager Catrina Olson said its cost the city between five and seven hundred dollars a night to operate the shelter.

1 Comment

July 27, 2019

Mikalla P Blankenship

I am not a transient,or homeless,those are bad and defeating words to use. I am and started homefree, accualy just call me free. I've been for a decade,and chose to not live in another cage or rely on the debt note(money)I live trade and barter. Yes over 10 years. I Cary a fire permit evry year and never beg for a debt note. I am truly free. I will manage tent city and change the world. Homefree is a different by far than homeless. Happily home free, let us be.... truly free

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