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United Way of Southern Nevada expands COVID-19 assistance in the Latino community

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 18:37:05-04

While many Nevadans are returning to work and the unemployment rate is decreasing, 15% of Nevadans are still unemployed and in need of help to pay their essential bills.

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) announced the release of $150,000 to six organizations in Phase 4 of funding from its Emergency Assistance and Community Needs (EACN) Fund.

Among the organizations funded are partners providing direct assistance in the Latino community, which has been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. This funding includes generous support from the Nevada Attorney General’s office for rent and mortgage assistance.

With total community funding of $2,272,605, UWSN is mobilizing its resources to provide food, shelter and utility assistance to those who need it most. 50 organizations requested over $5 million in funding from the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund. With $2.3 million currently in the fund, UWSN needs the community's support to help raise $3 million more to provide immediate needs assistance.

Individuals can contact Nevada 2-1-1 at 1-866-535-5654 to find the needed resource for assistance from the Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 funding recipients.

UWSN is in the process of disbursing funds to the following seven community organizations to meet the immediate needs of families:

- Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

- HopeLink of Southern Nevada

- Leaders in Training

- Project 150

- R.E.A.C.H. (Research Education and Access for Community Health)

- The Cupcake Girls

A local board made up of community leaders determined how the funds were distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local nonprofit direct service agencies in the area.

UWSN is encouraging organizations and individuals to donate here or by texting "UWSNFUND" to 313131.

For more information about the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund, please email COVID19@uwsn.org.