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Youth Empowerment Project Gets $500,000 Donation for Affordable Housing


The Nevada Youth Empowerment Program (NYEP), a non-profit that assists homeless youth, has received a $500,000 donation.

The donation, combined with a community match, could rise to $850,000. The group is seeking matching funds of $350,000 to reach that total.

Monica DuPea, executive director for NYEP, said she is confident the nonprofit can raise $350,000 to match the Jacobs Family Foundation for Children donation.

Combined, NYEP could raise $700,000 to work on the creation of a 16-unit intergenerational affordable housing project.

“The organization is also working with other housing agencies to develop a strategic plan to provide housing,” she said.

This grant project would target low-income female graduates of the Community Living Program in addition to seniors.

The young women and the seniors would share the NYEP housing project with the graduates assisting seniors with maintenance, shopping and, in turn, seniors will provide mentorship, DuPea added.

“Without the help of 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 explained. “Now we are confident that we can gather the community support we need to bring this much-needed project to reality.”

The Jacobs Family Foundation for Children is run by Jeff and Lynda Jacobs and their children. Jeff Jacobs is the owner of Jacobs Entertainment which recently purchased property west of downtown to develop an arts district and create affordable housing.

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