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North Las Vegas officials announce new COVID-19 assistance program

Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 05, 2020

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — North Las Vegas officials have unveiled a new COVID-19 relief program for city residents and businesses on Wednesday.

The website NLVCares.com allows North Las Vegas residents and businesses to apply for the city's six assistance programs available for those who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website also includes links to additional programs offered by Clark County and the State of Nevada for which North Las Vegas residents can apply.

"Our residents and our businesses have been among the most deeply impacted during this pandemic, and if they don't succeed, our city and state don't succeed," said Mayor John Lee.

"Our NLVCares Small Business Assistance Program is one of the many programs on the NLVCares.com website that offers help to those who need it most and historically have received the least."

Watch the full press conference announcing the program:

The programs now available on NLVCares.com are:

  • NLVCares Small Business Assistance Program
  • NLV Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance
  • NLV Social Seniors Meals 2 You Program
  • NLV Emergency Food Assistance Services
  • NLV Small Business Stabilization Forgivable Loan
  • Clark County CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
  • State of Nevada CARES Housing Assistance Program for homeowners, renters, landlords

The website and applications for assistance are available in English and Spanish.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The new NLVCares Small Business Assistance Program is available to small businesses based in North Las Vegas that have suffered financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small businesses based in North Las Vegas in good standing with the City that suffered financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible expenses include payroll, rent/mortgage, utility bills, inventory, COVID supplies, cleaning and sanitation, and expenses related to retrofitting in order to comply with social distancing and other health guidelines.

A total of $3.25 million is currently available, with $10,000 grants for approved businesses of 1-20 employees and $15,000 grants for approved businesses of 21-40 employees.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?

This new program is funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars as part of a sub-grant from Clark County to North Las Vegas.

The City of North Las Vegas, Nevada's largest minority-majority city, was one of only four municipalities in the state left out of CARES Act distributions, despite the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on North Las Vegas residents and businesses, particularly those of color.

The city continues to work with the governor's office and the legislature to secure equitable funding to reinvest in constituent programs as Congress intended and to expand essential services for those in dire need.