Governor Gavin Newsom visited Grass Valley to learn about Nevada County’s Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) Team project. Learning about the County’s collaborative HOME Team program and local service providers was his first stop in a statewide tour visiting programs that serve as models for state actions.
Nevada County’s HOME Team addresses physical health needs first as well as low-barrier housing. The County launched the HOME Team in partnership with Hospitality House, Turning Point Community Programs and AMI Housing in June 2019 after the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) approved Nevada County Behavioral Health’s Innovation proposal in March.
"The innovative collaboration of the HOME Team is a real point of pride for Nevada County. It was an honor to share the work and commitment of our community partners," said District I Supervisor Heidi Hall. "Learning directly from the Governor about next steps at the state level was important for everyone in the room, and Nevada County had the opportunity to speak directly with the Governor about issues specific to rural communities like ours."
“People who are homeless in a community like ours face unique challenges that differ from the issues in more urban areas,” added Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell. “We are very proud of the innovative programs and services we have here in Nevada County including the HOME Team, and it is exciting to be able to share those successes with the Governor and his team. We also are keenly aware of the gaps and needs around homelessness and are looking forward to implementing the many new resources and programs his administration is proposing.”
During Governor Newsom’s visit, he met members of the HOME Team and homeless clients at SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center and Hospitality House. Since the HOME Team began less than a year ago, the team has engaged 149 individuals, provided case management and service linkages to 78 individuals, and conducted 64 behavioral health assessments.
When asked why he is highlighting the HOME Team as a model, Governor Newsom replied, "They have a plan. They have County Supervisors here, City administrators here, you have assembly members here. No one has an ‘R’, no one has a ‘D.’ No one’s ‘red’, no one’s ‘blue.’ Not one utterance of politics. You find those conditions, that’s special. That’s what we want to see everywhere in the State."
The Governor’s statewide tour follows the release of his 2020-21 State Budget proposal announcing more than $1 billion in homeless response funding, including $750 million for the new Access to Housing and Services Fund, and a major new investment to reform Medi-Cal so that health providers transform health care to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health.
Contact the HOME Team
Residents can contact the HOME team to express concern for someone they think may need help or services, or those who are experiencing homeless and are looking to connect with services themselves, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (530) 470-2686 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Together Nevada County
Better Together Nevada County is an overall strategy spearheaded by County of Nevada to support innovative and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders, while educating the public, and inviting them to be part of the solution. It is a reflection of the Board of Supervisors priority to create partnerships with community providers and other jurisdictions, in order to build an expanded system of coordinated care, outreach, transitional and permanent housing, and supportive services to address the needs of the homeless population and to mitigate impacts on the community.