Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

Mission Accomplished to Aid Homeless Youth

Sands Cares joined with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to help Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth raise $675,000 for its Housing Expansion Campaign to address a critical gap in housing capacity for vulnerable youth in Las Vegas.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

The Mission

In Las Vegas, where youth homelessness rates rank among the nation’s highest, saving vulnerable youth from the streets takes more than a single responder. 

It takes partnership.

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The Problem

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

On any given night, Southern Nevada only had enough youth-dedicated housing and shelter beds to serve less than 22% of the young people enduring homelessness.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

That’s why Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth turned to long-time corporate partner Las Vegas Sands to help craft a solution. Las Vegas Sands then recruited the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a newcomer to the Las Vegas community, to be part of a mission-critical goal to address the lack of housing beds for youth experiencing homelessness in Southern Nevada.

The Vision

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

NPHY envisioned a new multi-family residence to provide not only 15 beds for youth, but also a place to wrap vulnerable youth in a myriad of services to put them on a pathway to self-sufficiency and success.

That’s because NPHY knows a place to sleep is more than just a bed.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

It’s a foundation for a brighter future. A place where the NPHY team can deliver case management to address each youth’s specific needs and issues, employment and education assistance to help them create a future, and health and wellness services to keep them safe and sound. A place where youth in crisis can move beyond their circumstances to achieve more than just stability – where they can begin to reach for their life’s goals.

The Goal

Establish a youth homelessness capital campaign to raise $500,000 for a new housing unit and additional support for wraparound services.

$500k
Campaign Target
$100k
Campaign Startup Investment from Las Vegas Sands
$100k
Matching Grant for Community Donations from the JBJ Soul Foundation
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

The Leaders

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

designed the Housing Expansion Campaign to generate funds for a new facility to provide much-needed beds for homeless youth in Southern Nevada. NPHY ran all aspects of the campaign from social media and grassroots community engagement to private and corporate/foundation funding outreach. 

Las Vegas Sands

provided a seed investment of $100,000 through Sands Cares, the company’s community engagement and corporate giving program, and recruited the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to join the effort addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada. When NPHY faced rising real estate costs, putting the campaign’s goal short of funding needed to purchase the housing unit, Sands contributed an additional $100,000 to close out the campaign.

Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

recognized the potential in Las Vegas to make significant impact by challenging the community to support the campaign with the pledge to match individual donations up to $100,000. Besides funding, the involvement of Jon Bon Jovi and the foundation sparked awareness and interest, helping to rally the community around this endeavor.

Challenges & Opportunities

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

Challenge:

Beyond providing housing, NPHY knew they needed to sustain youth with vital services to put them on a trajectory toward self-sufficiency and success. While the Housing Expansion Campaign would specifically raise funds for the housing facility, NPHY was also planning for and seeking long-term programmatic sustainability.

 

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

Solution:

NPHY worked with Clark County government on a new opportunity to receive programmatic support from marijuana business license fee funds. Through this partnership, NPHY was able to secure almost $5 million over five years to fund an innovative Joint Transitional Housing/Rapid Re-Housing program for young people experiencing homelessness. Through this funding stream, NPHY will be able to provide case management and wraparound supportive services to youth living in transitional housing at the NPHY Housing Expansion Campaign facility, along with providing services and rental assistance to youth living in apartments throughout the community via the rapid re-housing portion of the program.

MissionNevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada. Accomplished to Aid Homeless Youth

Challenge:

As the campaign neared its funding goal, NPHY began the search to acquire the housing facility and faced a real estate conundrum. Rising real estate costs driven by lack of inventory and the pandemic slowdown put costs outside of the original goal set for the campaign.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands and the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation are addressing youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

Solution:

NPHY creatively worked with donors to meet rising costs, and Sands provided another $100,000 in Sands Cares funding to help close out the campaign.

The Impact

Working together, our partnership rallied the Southern Nevada community to achieve the campaign’s goal, bringing lasting impact to vulnerable youth and advancing positive solutions to address youth homelessness in Southern Nevada.

  • $675,000 raised
  • 15 housing beds in the new unit
  • Launch of the NPHY Transitional Housing/Rapid Re-Housing program with a total of 30 housing beds along with 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
  • 150% increase in NPHY housing stock
  • 5,475 additional nights/year safe and off the streets for young people in the new facility