RENO, Nev., November 19, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Nevada Youth Empowerment Program (NYEP), an innovative, community-based Reno youth service provider that assists homeless young people, received a large donation from the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors on Nov. 17 during a public check presentation. The donation, which was raised from funds collected during the live and silent auction at Black & White Affair held Sept. 21 at the Grove, totaled $21,500 for the youth service provider in 2017.
The Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors delivers highly valued knowledge and benefits to the REALTOR® Community. The donation received is for an intergenerational affordable housing project to serve low-income young people and seniors. The monies raised will be used for a new project to house young adults and seniors. It’s a model program that will be copied by other communities.
The donation is designated to assist with NYEP’s successful residential program for women aged 17-24 who otherwise would be homeless. The project will infill and rehab the existing property, and provide affordable housing for young adults transitioning from homelessness or foster care, and seniors who are struggling on a fixed income into affordable housing options.Without the help of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors and other funders such as the Jacobs Family Foundation for Children, I don't know how long it might have taken to get this project to the next phase.
The young women who participate in the nine-to-18-month NYEP Community Living Program are empowered with the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to establish themselves as contributing young adults. Monica DuPea, Executive Director for NYEP, said, "Without the help of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors and other funders such as the Jacobs Family Foundation for Children, I don't know how long it might have taken to get this project to the next phase."
Monica Dupea, Executive Director for NYEP is confident the nonprofit can continue to raise funds through community giving that will match the Jacobs Family Foundation for Children donation given earlier this year to work on the creation of a 20-unit intergenerational affordable housing project.
“The organization is also working with other housing agencies to develop a strategic plan to provide youth housing” said DuPea.
This initiative would target extremely low-income graduates of the Community Living Program as well as seniors. The young women and the seniors would share the NYEP housing project with young graduates assisting seniors with maintenance, shopping, and other tasks and in turn seniors providing mentorship.
“Without the help of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors and other funders such as the Jacobs Family Foundation for Children, I don’t know how long it might have taken to get this project to the next phase,” DuPea said. “Now we are confident that we can gather the community support we need to bring this much-needed project to reality.”
Founded in 2007, the nonprofit Nevada Youth Empowerment Project is entirely community-funded and receives no assistance from federal, state or county governments.
Source: Nevada Youth Empowerment Project