Where Will They Go Now?

As in years past, serious fire dangers and health issues are in our back yard once again.  We're barely into fire season and already two fires are thought to have been started by homeless people.  
With the warmer weather comes more people out and about and cities, especially those dependent on tourism, don't want their homeless problem to be seen.  Their trash and their very presence is a nuisance to people hiking their trails or visiting their towns.   Read More:

Grass Valley officials begin to relocate transient camps near Wolf Creek

Nestled behind the Pine Creek Shopping Center, on the east side of Wolf Creek is a densely wooded area where the slope gives way to a ravine with the creek running through it. This area has around 10 to 15 transient camps screened by a canopy of towering pine trees, which are inhabited by around six to 18 people, authorities said. Recently, the impending fire season, coupled with the environmental and public health issues, has local law enforcement officers and city officials concerned. "We ... are extremely concerned about the safety of our community, as a result of the transient activity and associated fire hazards in the heavy fire fuels along Wolf Creek west of Freeman Lane," said Grass Valley Police Chief   Alex Gammelgard.   Read More:
Update: A road was recently bulldozed through this fragile area along Wolf Creek. Many trees were removed. It appears that more is afoot than simply removing the homeless camps for fire safety.

Meet Matthew Coulter

Matthew Coulter is a disabled veteran in our community. He has been homeless for the past four and a half years. Matthew has taken on the project of attending every single City Council and Board of Supervisors' public meetings for the past six months, plus the Firesafe Council, the Grand Jury, and the Continuum of Care monthly meetings. Matthew is always on the lookout for housing solutions for our community's homeless people, and he is very much in support of the Micro-Village concept. 

Treatment of Homeless Individuals at the Hospital Emergency Room
We have had several complaints from our homeless friends, of poor treatment at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Emergency Department recently. On May 24 th Sierra Roots' board members met with those responsible for the ED services, to advocate for more sensitive and kinder treatment of our most vulnerable population.  Read More:

Are tiny homes a solution to homelessness in the US?

"In the backyard of one Nashville church, tiny pitched roof homes offer an alternative to homelessness. 
Nashville, Tennessee -  Wednesday afternoons are a busy time for Deacon Caleb Pickering.  He stands outside the Green Street Church in Nashville waiting for food donations for the weekly free community meal.  Behind him several steeply pitched, tiny roofs rise over a fence in the backyard of the church, a homeless tent community called The Sanctuary.  Read More:

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