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Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness
Charity, Housing
Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness


Non-profit organizations throughout southern Nevada feel the pinch of the struggling local economy. No group finds itself more squarely in the middle of the situation than HopeLink of Southern Nevada, which attempts to help families confronting homelessness.

As expiring unemployment benefits force more families into that predicament, HopeLink needs more donations to support its efforts. Its requests for aid have increased 35 percent from last year.

HopeLink is seeking donations of all sizes, including businesses willing to host a special event and/or designate a percentage of a day’s sales to the cause. HopeLink receives between 500-800 requests per month for assistance, mainly with shelter or rent and utility payments, and has increased its volunteer program to help fill requests. HopeLink served more than 7,000 people over the last year.

More clothing and food, job placement and financial donations are needed on an ongoing basis. HopeLink has partnered with Stations Casinos, M Resort and Spa, The Siegel Group and Wingate Hotels for preferential job interviews and implemented a job program Steps For Success to prepare people.

HopeLink has three houses for low-income seniors and will add two to three more in 2012-13. For troubled teens, HopeLink is starting an informational outreach program and adding victims of human trafficking and those exiting prostitution to its Transitional Housing Program.

Established in 1991, HopeLink provides rent and utility assistance, food, clothing, prescription assistance, education, and literacy programs to Southern Nevada families in need.

HopeLink is located in Henderson at 178 Westminster Way. Donations are being accepted online at www.link2hope.org. For businesses interested in helping, contact HopeLink Executive Director Karen Kyger at 566-9576, ext. 311.

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