HELP of Southern Nevada Receives $5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to End Homelessness

HELP of Southern Nevada Receives $5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to End Homelessness

HELP of Southern Nevada, a local nonprofit that assists families and individuals throughout Southern Nevada in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families.

“We are so grateful for the Day 1 Families Fund’s extremely generous support of HELP of Southern Nevada,” says Fuilala Riley, HELP of Southern Nevada President and CEO. “This grant to end homelessness will have a huge impact on local families and individuals in Southern Nevada. These funds will help us provide support and hope to those in our community, and most importantly provide the resources for them to be self-sufficient and successful.”

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations doing meaningful work to connect families with shelter and support, will allow HELP of Southern Nevada to assist an additional 30 homeless families each year for the next five years. The families will be housed and intensively case managed with wraparound services to break down the barriers that have caused their homelessness. The program is expected to begin in 2021.

HELP of Southern Nevada is one of 42 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the third annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a continuing commitment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help end homelessness for families. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $105.9 million in grants this year. To select these organizations, the fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and leaders whose expertise spans housing justice, racial equity, direct services, homelessness policy, equity for Native American communities and anti-poverty work. 

This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; The Cathedral Center, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Acadiana; Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties; Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Denver Indian Family Resource Center; East Los Angeles Women’s Center; East Oakland Community Project; Facing Forward to End Homelessness; Families Together; Family Life Center; Friendship Place; HELP of Southern Nevada; The Homeless Families Foundation; Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System; HOPE Atlanta; House of Ruth; Housing Matters; Housing Up; Kahumana; MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.; Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; MUST Ministries; The National Center for Children and Families; Native American Youth and Family Center; North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness; One80 Place; Poverello House; Rainbow Services; Refugee Women’s Alliance; Safe Haven Family Shelter; Samaritan House; Solid Ground; St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence; The Salvation Army Austin Area Command; Time for Change Foundation; United American Indian Involvement, Inc.; and WestCare California.

The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

About HELP of Southern Nevada:

Celebrating 50 years in the Las Vegas Valley in 2020, HELP of Southern Nevada provides assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals. HELP operates 10 departments, consists of 157 employees and serves tens of thousands of unduplicated clients each year. Programs available include Behavioral Health Services, Coordinated Entry Community Matchers, Crisis Teams, Emergency Resources Services, Framing Hope Warehouse, Holiday Assistance, Homeless Services, Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Weatherization and Work Opportunities Readiness Center. For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702.369.4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org. Follow HELP of Southern Nevada on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.