HELP of Southern Nevada Receives PetSmart Charities® Grant to Cover Pet Deposit Costs for Homeless Individuals Seeking Housing
HELP of Southern Nevada, local nonprofit celebrating 50 years of serving the Las Vegas homeless community, was chosen to receive a $30,000 grant courtesy of PetSmart Charities. The funds are dedicated to covering the costs of pet deposits for 75 homeless individuals seeking housing assistance, at an average cost of $400 per pet deposit.
“One of the many deterrents for our homeless community when securing housing is the risk of having to leave behind their beloved pet due to restrictions and additional costs,” says HELP of Southern Nevada Communications Director, Abby Quinn. “For so many people, pets are a source of comfort and hope. With the help of this generous grant from PetSmart Charities, we are able to keep more households intact and give our clients the security of remaining a family with their beloved companions.”
By covering the cost of pet deposits for these at-need individuals, HELP instills a level of trust between case managers and recipients of the grant money, resulting in a higher level of engagement in services such as addiction counseling, mental health counseling and employment assistance. Through this grant assistance, HELP is able to leverage a client’s relationship with their pet into a better outcome for themselves.
“We know pet parents in at-risk situations often feel they have few options beyond surrendering their beloved pet,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship at PetSmart Charities. “We’re thrilled to partner with HELP of Southern Nevada to provide innovative solutions to keep more people and pets together in Las Vegas.”
About HELP of Southern Nevada:
Celebrating 50 years in the Las Vegas Valley in 2020, HELP of Southern Nevada provides assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals. HELP operates 10 departments, consists of 157 employees and serves tens of thousands of unduplicated clients each year. Programs available include Behavioral Health Services, Coordinated Entry Community Matchers, Crisis Teams, Emergency Resources Services, Framing Hope Warehouse, Holiday Assistance, Homeless Services, Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Weatherization and Work Opportunities Readiness Center. For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702.369.4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org. Follow HELP of Southern Nevada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.