LAS VEGAS, November 17, 2021 – Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) announced culmination of its Housing Expansion Campaign, exceeding the goal of $500,000 with $675,000 generated through the funding push that began in February 2019.
Major investments of $200,000 from Las Vegas Sands and a $100,000 community matching grant from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation led the campaign to rally the Las Vegas community around addressing the lack of housing capacity for homeless youth in Southern Nevada. Other major campaign donations came from Chase, the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), the Cashman Family Foundation, the Robert S and J Dorothy Keyser Foundation, and anonymous individual donors.
Thanks to the campaign’s success, NPHY has been able to purchase a 15-bed housing property that increases its housing stock by 150 percent and provides an additional 5,475 nights per year to keep youth experiencing homelessness safe and off the streets. With programmatic funding support from Clark County marijuana business license fees, this new housing property has become part of the NPHY Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing Program, which provides a total of 30 housing beds and delivers comprehensive services to assist youth in navigating beyond their circumstances and creating pathways for success.
Under the umbrella of the NPHY Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing Program, youth in the housing program also receive case management; employment and education assistance; immediate needs services such as food, clothing, hygiene supplies, and transportation; moving assistance; life skills classes; and peer mentorship and support. This comprehensive program not only addresses housing needs, but provides the critical support services that can put vulnerable youth on a pathway to self-sufficiency and success.
The NPHY Housing Expansion Campaign targeted a key focus area outlined in the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness, which mapped out a strategy of increasing housing through innovative funding partnerships such as this one. Unveiled in 2018, the plan addresses the alarming youth homelessness statistics that plague this region. Clark County’s metro area consistently ranks among the top in the nation for the rate of unaccompanied homeless youth living on the streets or in shelters, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We’ve worked with NPHY as a committed partner in the fight to end youth homelessness since 2014,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Sands. “We know that when NPHY identifies a need, they will create a solution that makes impact. That’s why we invested in the campaign and recruited our friends at the JBJ Soul Foundation. We knew this combination could inspire our community to success.”
To learn more about NPHY’s successful housing expansion campaign, visit nphy.org/aplacetosleep/ and sands.com/responsibility/community/sands-cares/youth-homelessness.
Source: Las Vegas Sands