Senators detail $16 million of relief bill’s housing, homeless funding

if only there were some vacant rooms somewhere in this town
Help of Southern Nevada workers check people in as they line up at a temporary homeless shelter set up in a parking lot at Cashman Center March 28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
if only there were some vacant rooms somewhere in this town
Help of Southern Nevada workers check people in as they line up at a temporary homeless shelter set up in a parking lot at Cashman Center March 28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) , announced more than $16 million for housing and homeless funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Thursday.

Nevada has been bedeviled by housing issues during the pandemic, from reports of landlords threatening to evict people who couldn’t pay rent because of the health crisis to mounting pressure for officials to house the homeless population.

The Silver State even landed in national headlines after photos of people sleeping on the concrete of the Cashman Field parking lot in Las Vegas went viral.

The announcement marks the first installment of funding to support affordable housing efforts in Nevada amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of $20,629,106 will be distributed across Nevada for housing programs through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDGB), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.

The funding was awarded through the supplemental appropriations bills as part of the Phase 3 coronavirus emergency response package that directed $48.5 billion to support housing and transportation programs.

“During this trying time, it is critical that Nevadans have access to housing where they can keep themselves safe and healthy,” said the Senators in a statement. “When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), we prioritized resources to help people experiencing homelessness and that supported families who might have trouble paying the rent. We will continue working to protect the health and safety of Nevadans, and this includes ensuring that housing is accessible to all.”

The total funds awarded to Nevada will be distributed amongst the following Nevada communities from the following HUD programs:

Community Development Block Grants ($13,517,302 Total):

  • Henderson – $868,938
  • Las Vegas – $3,082,302
  • North Las Vegas – $1,112,214
  • Reno – $1,269,663
  • Sparks – $402,633
  • Clark County – $4,731,978
  • Nevada Non-entitlement – $2,049,574

Emergency Solutions Grants ($6,770,451 Total):

  • Las Vegas – $1,537,579
  • North Las Vegas – 580,710
  • Reno – $670,428
  • Clark County – $2,333,003
  • Nevada Non-entitlement – $1,648,731

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ($341,353 Total):

  • Las Vegas – $280,792
  • Nevada Non-entitlement – $60,561
Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.