Community Services Program

Community Services programs include special grant funded projects which contribute to achieving the goals and priorities set by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, with staff and public input.

These projects are typically funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) or Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) and include general projects, planning and technical assistance, economic development, and community services. A portion of these funds are allocated for local non-profit agencies serving low-income residents in Nevada County.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

2017 Odyssey House Renovation Project

On July 10, 2018 the County was awarded a $3,196,396 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development to renovate its Odyssey House facility. The Odyssey House Adult Residential Program supports severely mentally ill adults transitioning to independent living by providing housing, on site case management and counseling services while promoting daily living and vocational skills. The grant award will allow the County to upgrade the Odyssey House creating a state of the art facility.  With these renovations the program will improve its efficiencies while at the same time increasing its capacity by 31%.  These improvements will allow the County to provide services to a greater number of those in need potentially leading to a positive impact for those that suffer from Chronic Homelessness.   The County anticipates that construction will begin early 2019.

A complete copy of the 2017 CDBG Application can be reviewed.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The following CSBG funded services are being provided through our network of non-profit organizations:


FREED provides housing coordination and support services which assist low income clients with locating available housing, eviction prevention and education.  These services are provided through a series of workshops, client based case management and direct assistance.

Hospitality House

Hospitality House Homeless Access Transport program provides low income homeless individuals within the community with access to mainstream benefits by supplying transportation in order to gain assistance from agencies such as Social Services, Mental Health, food banks, Public Health, etc.  Access to mainstream services assist individuals in meeting their basic needs in order to overcome the cycle of homelessness.

Project MANA

Project MANA offers low income residents within the eastern portion of Nevada County with fresh nutrient dense foods through the use of a weekly mobile food pantry.  The Food Distribution program, aims to mitigate the adverse health outcomes that can result from malnutrition and nutrient deficiency by providing individuals with both adequate and nutritious food choices.