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Placer County OKs $500,000 to kickstart Kings Beach Community House

KINGS BEACH, Calif. - With the recent approval of a half-million dollars in state funding, plans are moving forward to create a one-stop shop in Kings Beach for various community support services, including mental health and food distribution, officials said this week.

The Kings Beach Community House will house satellite offices for Tahoe SAFE Alliance, North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Project MANA under one roof, thereby creating service integration and increasing efficiency.

"The whole idea is to stabilize those in crisis, whether it's economic, family or physical like a hunger crisis, and preventing future crisis," said Stacy Caldwell, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which is raising funds for the project.

Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors committed $500,000 in state funding to the Community House, which will be used to help finance the purchase and renovation of a former motel and residence at 265 Bear St., near the intersection of Trout Avenue.

Renovations there are under way, Caldwell said, turning the motel into office space for the three agencies and converting the residential property into a community space.

The Community House will also feature space for other service providers, four individual counseling rooms, a children's therapy area and designated space for family team meetings, according to a Placer County press release.

"I'm extremely excited because it's something we've been wanting to happen for a long time, and now it is happening," said Karen Carey, Tahoe SAFE Alliance executive director.

Caldwell said the center will likely open sometime next year. Once it opens, Carey said staff from Tahoe SAFE Alliance, North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Project MANA will run the facility, while a leadership team composed of the three agency directors, among others, will oversee that the service integration model is being followed.

"This has been a long-identified need at North Lake Tahoe," said Jennifer Montgomery, District 5 supervisor for Placer County, in the press release. "Having these services collocated in Kings Beach will help us, at the county, to do our job better and more efficiently."

In a report to the Placer County supervisors last week, the County Health and Human Services Department estimates the Community House will serve approximately 3,000 people annually.

The $500,000 comes from funds Placer County receives from the state under the California Mental Health Services Act.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 18, 2012 12:32PM Published Oct 18, 2012 12:31PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.