Kari Kotarek wrote -
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
OUR GOAL: To end homelessness among Nevada's youth
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is credited for the passage of the Right to Shelter law during the 2001 legislature. This law allows unaccompanied minors to consent to the same services that adult homeless persons receive. Nevada is one of twelve states that allow homeless youth to access food and shelter without parental consent if the minor has been abused or neglected.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth opened the "Sanctuary" drop-in center on October 1, 2001, the same day that the "Right to Shelter" law went into effect. The drop-in center in the state and has since been donated to another non-profit agency.
In January of 2002, the nationally acclaimed "Safe Place" program was launched in partnership with Terrible Herbst Oil Company. With over 100 convenience stores in Clark County, Terrible Herbst was the perfect community partners in ensuring that runaway, repudiated and abused teens had immediate access to help. The program has successfully served over 200 Las Vegas youth.
On May 1, 2005, NPHY opened the communities second drop-in center. The "Safe Place" drop-in center, located across the street from UNLV at 4800 S. Maryland Parkway. The center serves as a respite center for chronic street youth and provides access to basic needs items such as food, safety and counseling.
NPHY is in the process of raising $1.2 million dollars to build the first 24-hour drop-in and teen center in Nevada. The new building has naming opportunities, and if you are interested in helping with the capital campaign, please contact Kathleen Vermillion at 702-373-0000 to set up a land tour and/or to view the building plans.