January 2008 

In The Neighborhood

Southern Nevada Scores Big With Increased Homeless Care Funding

Southern Nevada recently received $6.5 million in 2007 federal homeless assistance program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This amount is the highest amount to date for the region and is substantially more than last year’s award of $5.38 million.

These funds help to pay for Continuum of Care services, which support eight new and existing local projects. These projects include the addition of 70 new permanent housing units for chronically homeless individuals and seven existing programs that provide beds in transitional housing for the chronically homeless, mentally ill, veterans and homeless families. Overall, Continuum of Care funds support the operation of 540 transitional and 306 permanent housing units and shelter and services for more than 1,355 homeless individuals every day.

This funding helps the city of Las Vegas and other southern Nevada entities continue the fight to end homelessness. To learn more about the efforts to reduce homelessness, read the city’s 10-Year Plan To Reduce Homelessness  .

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