Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There are more Nevada teens than ever living on the streets. The Nevada Partnership for Homeless youth is helping but they are bursting at the seams and desperate to expand their facility so that more teens can be helped. And now they can thanks to the amazing Nevada Women's Philanthropy group.
On any given day, this drop in center at the Nevada Partnership for homeless youth has teens swinging by. Some doing laundry, others getting food or rest from the streets. Teens like Zaphra who started coming when she was just 16. "I was just me myself and I taking care of me myself and I."
But now Zaphra has people who care about her. So do hundreds of other homeless teens. But, the number of teens needing the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth keeps going up. Executive Director Arash Ghafoori says, "The homeless population is on the rise. We've had a 20-30 percent increase in intakes since last year."
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth needs bigger facility and they are going to get it now thanks to a $350,000 grant from Nevada Women's Philanthropy. Nazanin Ford is the chapter president. She says, "NPHY showed us what a critical need it was to expand services and a new building. When we toured, they are bursting at the seams. They need more room so they can offer more services to these youth who have no place else to turn."
They plan to break ground right away, more than doubling the size of their facility.
The grant is one of the toughest to get. The process takes about a year and applicants must convince Nevada Women's Philanthropy that your project or expansion is meeting a critical need.