Nevada County was recently recognized by a national initiative known as Built for Zero for making huge strides in reducing the number of homeless veterans. Now the community is working towards a goal called Functional Zero by November 11, 2021, Veterans Day. Local leaders are working together to reach this milestone, which will reflect that the community has functionally ended veteran homelessness.
Recently, the community has worked very hard to house 28 veterans who experience homelessness, nine of whom are chronically homeless. By early October, twenty of these veterans had been successfully housed. Our goal is for Nevada County to be counted among just 12 other communities that have been certified nationwide to achieve Functional Zero for Homeless Veterans. Zero Functionality is a milestone that demonstrates that the community has fewer homeless veterans than can be accommodated on a regular basis.
If you own a rental property and want to help house veterans, there are resources available to help you get started. AMI Housing, Inc (AMIH), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people find and stay in their homes, offers these homeowner incentive and support programs:
- Master leasing & guaranteed rent
- Financial incentives for owners
- Financial assistance on behalf of qualified tenants
- Money for the cost of repairing and replacing the device
- Services and courses to ensure tenant success
- A team of dedicated staff to quickly answer your calls and provide you with ongoing support.
For more information, contact: [email protected] or (530) 878-5088.
There is also a housing program for homeless veterans at Hospitality House:
- Services include emergency shelter; food; Clothes; VA receives assistance; case management; vocational training, mental health counseling; transport; and references for the service.
- Financial assistance (available to homeless Veterans and sheltered Veterans at risk of becoming homeless): First and last month’s rent; Security deposits; overdue rent; utility bills; car payments; and health care payments.
For more information, please contact: Veteran Bill Davis at 530.615.7873 or [email protected]