News | October 13, 2023
On a given night in Nevada, more than 300 youth are without a stable place to live, a bed to call their own or even modest shelter to shield them from the outdoors. As a result, thousands of Nevada youth experience homelessness every year.
In fact, roughly 12% of youth experiencing homelessness across the United States resided in Nevada in 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state has consistently ranked among the top in the United States for the highest number of youths experiencing homelessness.
In an effort to turn around these alarming statistics, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Sands established a focused, sustained and community-wide initiative: the Movement to End Youth Homelessness.
The Movement officially launched in 2017 at the Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit, which has continued to bring together key stakeholders annually to collaborate for lasting solutions to aid at-risk and homeless youth.
Now called the Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit, the seventh annual convening is expanding to a statewide focus in November, representing the important progress made in Southern Nevada and the need to unify efforts among allies throughout the state to make lasting change.
History of the Movement to End Youth Homelessness
Looking ahead to the first statewide Summit on Nov. 8 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the following are accomplishments made so far:
Joining the Movement to End Youth Homelessness
Now is the time for anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness to get involved. Building lasting and long-term solutions requires that all voices are represented, and all stakeholders collaborate.
Summit 2023 represents a great opportunity for Nevadans to learn about the Movement and find a way to contribute, as stakeholders get organized and mobilized to establish the state’s first standalone plan to address youth homelessness, expanding the initial Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness created five years ago.
The Summit 2023 slate of events includes:
Visit https://nphy.org/summit23 for more information and to register for Summit 2023, which is presented by NPHY and Las Vegas Sands with support from the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.