“Hospitality House cofounders Cindy Maple and Joanna Robinson honored with Lambert Award”

September 12, 2017

“Cindy Maple and Joanna Robinson — cofounders of Hospitality House — have been named the recipients of the 28th annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award.

The award, presented annually as part of Nevada City’s Constitution Day celebration, honors those who have provided outstanding contributions to the community.

Maple and Robinson were instrumental in the creation of a nomadic homeless shelter and the creation of Utah’s Place, the existing shelter on Sutton Way in Grass Valley.”

To read more, go to http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/hospitality-house-cofounders-cindy-maple-and-joanna-robinson-honored-with-lambert-award/

The Union – Grass Valley council to discuss local homeless shelter

August 14, 2017

“The Grass Valley City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday to discuss adopting a resolution in support of Hospitality House’s program.

The meeting — scheduled for 5 p.m. — was called in response to a request made by the homeless shelter’s executive director, Nancy Baglietto, according to a staff report.

The shelter is applying for an “emergency solutions grant,” the report states, which requires the city to certify that it approves of the organization’s operations.

The resolution, which Baglietto is requesting that the council approve, will acknowledge the city’s support for the shelter and will note the city’s past approval of its program.

The special meeting is open to the public. The council will have a closed session meeting immediately following to discuss Grass Valley’s open City Manager position.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.”


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Ideas swirl about affordable housing in Nevada City

August 1, 2017

“Nevada City took the first step Thursday in its newest effort to create more affordable housing.

Community members gave comments, suggestions, and praise to city staff and planning commissioners during a discussion of the city’s proposed “Cottage Dwelling Development Ordinance,” which would regulate the development of small homes, at Thursday’s planning commission meeting.”

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Building up the house: New director of Grass Valley homeless shelter discusses possible expansion

July 11, 2017

“Five weeks into her new role as executive director, Nancy Baglietto is working on big plans for the future of Hospitality House.

Hospitality House is the only year-round emergency homeless shelter in the county. After this winter’s extreme weather events, the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency started a conversation about Hospitality House expanding into a larger, 24-hour-a-day facility. Michael Heggarty, the human services agency’s director, said the move would be beneficial to the county’s effort to reduce homelessness.

Baglietto agreed.”

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A musical journey of hope: Young composers to perform Hospitality House inspired work

June 12, 2017

“The titles alone provide pause: Journey of Hope, Redemption, Dialogue, Rising Sun, Lost/Sanctuary. The creations of students enrolled in Music in the Mountains Young Composers Project — the names of pieces they composed after spending time in Hospitality House and learning firsthand what it’s like to be homeless.

According to Music in the Mountains Education Coordinator Mark Vance, who arranged the collaboration with Hospitality House, “It was revelatory for the kids and it dispelled all the preconceived notions they may have had about the homeless. It was powerful for them to learn that people could lose the place they live in just a blink of an eye, and might have to resort to living in a car.””

To read more, please go to http://www.theunion.com/entertainment/a-musical-journey-of-hope-young-composers-to-perform-hospitality-house-inspired-work/

Nevada County donor pledges to match contributions to Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“During the month of May, all donations to Hospitality House will be matched by a local anonymous donor.

Federal grant funding for Hospitality House was reduced by $332,000 last year, almost a third of the shelter’s entire budget, so the organization relies on donations now more than ever to continue its mission of serving Nevada County’s homeless population.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/nevada-county-donor-pledges-to-match-donations-to-hospitality-house/

Young Composers link up with Hospitality House in Grass Valley

May 25, 2017

“Creativity often flows when two contrasting ideas are put together, that seemingly, on the surface wouldn’t ordinarily blend. And yet not only do they blend, but they flourish.

Thinking along these lines, imagine a group of young people from stable homes, who have regular meals and parental support intermingling with homeless men and women who have no permanent address, limited funds and resources, and who often have gone hungry.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/young-composers-link-up-with-hospitality-house-in-grass-valley/

Know Your Nonprofit: Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“Know Your Nonprofit is a weekly Q&A feature with western Nevada County nonprofit organizations.


The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/know-your-nonprofit-hospitality-house/

Could tiny houses fix a huge problem?

May 25, 2017

“Nevada County plans to implement a “rapid re-housing” strategy to help reduce and prevent homelessness, said Health and Human Services Director Michael Heggarty. But homeless advocates have, well, smaller ideas.

Chuck Durrett, who owns McCamant and Durrett Architects, wants to build a tiny house village to temporarily house the county’s unsheltered homeless population, a strategy that Heggarty said would be more costly and less effective than pursuing permanent housing.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/could-tiny-houses-fix-a-huge-problem-homeless-advocates-respond-to-nevada-countys-plan/


Michael Heggarty: Homelessness in Nevada County

May 15, 2017

“Homelessness is a serious issue that affects the entire community. Since 2009 the Point in Time Homeless Count has averaged about 300 individuals per year. The 2017 count identified 371 people (though the actual number is likely higher), of which 15 percent were children.

Homelessness has profound impacts on the health and safety of those involved, and is often precipitated by problems that are within the power of our community to prevent and treat, such as substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, economic distress and availability of affordable housing. The effects on the community are also significant, including threats to public safety, wildfire danger, the environment, and more.

Although this problem is serious, it is also actionable, and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors prioritized addressing homelessness in its 2017 objectives. The Board placed particular emphasis on moving towards 24/7 shelter operations that support comprehensive services to help transition people to affordable, permanent housing. The Board also emphasized working with other jurisdictions and developers to facilitate development of Housing Element Rezone sites, which will increase the availability of affordable housing.”

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