During the period of January 23-24 2013, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition conducted the 2013 Southern Nevada Homeless Census. In attempt to end homelessness, the U.S. Congress has required that governments receiving federal funds under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act must conduct regular counts of their homeless population. The region has implemented the homeless census and survey for this reason, to obtain more accurate and useful data.
It is the intention that the results of this research will assist service providers, policy makers, funding sources, and local, state and federal governments to better understand and plan for the needs of the homeless population by examining current statistics in various geographical contexts. The information for the 2013 Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey will hopefully help policy makers and service providers more effectively develop services and programs to serve the County's homeless population, especially in comparison to census information collected in 2007, 2009, and 2011.
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Help Hope Home is Southern Nevada’s
coordinated regional approach to assist individuals and
families achieve stable and sustainable lives.
A message from Stephen K. Harsin,
SNRPC’s Committee on Homelessness, Chair
Through a collaborative effort, HELP HOPE HOME is a regional partnership that coordinates efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Nevada. Our collective effort brings to the table all aspects of our community including citizens, faith-based organizations, non-profit providers, businesses, civic groups, education, law enforcement and government. Through our efforts, we are able to leverage valuable resources, share information and manage funding opportunities.
Homelessness does not discriminate, and no one aspires to become homeless. More often than not, it is a result of situational circumstances, especially in light of our current economic conditions. Southern Nevada has experienced some of the highest levels of foreclosures and unemployment in our nation and has impacted families from all walks of life as well as youth, seniors and our veterans.
Community engagement and public awareness is key to addressing the many challenges associated with homelessness. Homelessness cannot be solved by one individual or by one entity; but rather, it takes the care and compassion of the entire community to work together to find solutions.
There are many ways to contribute through volunteering, donations or financial contributions. I invite everyone to join Clark County and the cities of Boulder, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas in our efforts to end homelessness and to lend a helping hand to those experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to assist with the basic needs such as food, housing, mental health services, employment training opportunities and support services in order to help individuals and families get back on their feet to achieve stable and sustainable lives.
Please contact the SNRPC Regional Initiatives Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to find ways you can get involved and become a part of the solution. We cannot do this alone. We need your help!
The Southern Nevada Rapid Results Team
100,000 Homes Campaign (100K Homes) is a national movement of communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless households by July of 2014. The campaign is endorsed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). The collaborative model implemented by the campaign is heralded as an effective way to meet the goals of “Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” and aligns with our local plan, “Help Hope Home: Southern Nevada’s Plan to End Homelessness.”
Southern Nevada joined 100K Homes in May 2010, and has completed the following efforts:
September 2011: HUD VASH (Veterans Administration Supportive Housing) Boot Camp in Las Vegas
The 100K Homes Team came to Southern Nevada to help us evaluate and accelerate moving veterans into permanent housing. A local team was built to make this process a reality.
May 2012: National Rapid Results Boot Camp in San Diego
18 Southern Nevada Rapid Results team members attended and set a 100-day goal to house 50 of the most chronic, vulnerable homeless veterans.
May-July 2012: 100-Day Goal to House 50 Vulnerable Chronically Homeless Veterans
Southern Nevada Registry Week initiated outreach to identify individuals for housing placement using intensive case management and HUD VASH.
Outcome: 84 veterans housed, 26 being vulnerable chronically homeless.
March 2013: National Rapid Results Boot Camp in Los Angeles
16 Southern Nevada Rapid Results team members attended and set the next 100-day goal to house 100 chronically homeless individuals and families in 100 days.
March-June 2013: 100-Day Goal to House 100 Chronically Homeless
Outcome: 75 chronically homeless households placed in permanent housing as of May 9th.
May 16, 2013: Southern Nevada Rapid Results Mini Boot Camp
Southern Nevada Rapid Results Team invites members of the community to learn about 100K Homes, local efforts, and plan the next 100-day goal.
We have exceeded our initial goal by housing 116 chronically homeless in 100 days!!!