NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown and members of the City’s staff met with members of the media to provide an update on COVID-19 relief efforts for North Las Vegas residents and businesses.
The City of North Las Vegas announced the launch of the NLVCares COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program, to help struggling businesses, all coordinated through an easy-to-use website. North Las Vegas residents can apply at NLVcares.com.
“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,” added Lee.
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.
The website and applications for assistance are available in English and Spanish.
The NLVCares Small Business Assistance Program is now listed among six assistance programs available for those who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Las Vegas residents can apply for the following programs:
- NLVCares Small Business Assistance Grant – available to small businesses based in North Las Vegas that have 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 available during the first phase of the program, with $10,000 grants for approved businesses of 1-20 employees and $15,000 grants for approved businesses of 21-40 employees.
- Small Business Stabilization Forgivable Loan – The City of North Las Vegas (CNLV) recognizes the need to support small businesses that are struggling to access capital and keep their doors open in response to COVID-19. The CNLV Small Business Stabilization Forgivable Loan (CNLV-SBSFL) Program loans of up to $25,000 will be made at zero interest in an effort to mitigate losses experienced by our small business community. This amount may be adjusted to provide immediate assistance to as many small businesses as possible.
- Clark County CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) – The County is partnering with 14 local nonprofits including Help Hope Home to help administer the program, which can pay rent, mortgage or utility bills in arrears back to March 1, 2020, as well as utility deposits, security deposits and emergency lodging. Payments are made directly to a landlord, mortgage company and/or utility company. Program eligibility and levels of assistance will be determined by an individualized assessment of each household.
- State of Nevada CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) – The State of Nevada is providing resources and programs offering potential assistance to help with rent, mortgage or receipt of rental payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs are available for home owners, renters and landlords.
- Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance (TRUA)* – The City has partnered with local nonprofit agencies to offer assistance to North Las Vegas residents who are facing a housing crisis or hardship to help prevent eviction or displacement.
- Short-term assistance at 80% Area Median Income
- Long-term assistance at 50% Area Median Income
- Meal Delivery Program Services for Seniors* – The City of North Las Vegas recognizes the impact our senior citizens are facing due to COVID19. In response to this disease, the city’s Neighborhood & Leisure Services Department, with assistance from the Department of HUD, is providing protection of North Las Vegas seniors and the medically fragile through our hot meal delivery program.
- 80% Area Median Income
- Emergency Food Assistance Services* – To address the impact of COVID-19 on food security in North Las Vegas, the city has partnered with Three Square Food Bank to provide emergency food assistance to North Las Vegas residents.
- 80% Area Median Income
*These HUD-funded programs are based on area median income eligibility, outlined below:
Though North Las Vegas, Nevada’s largest minority-majority city, was not included in the state’s plan to distribute federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to municipalities, the City promised to pass through federal relief dollars to residents and businesses with funds that were made available by Clark County.
These funds are to provide crucial assistance in the community disproportionately affected by COVID-19 until North Las Vegas can secure funding from the state.
For more information on the newly announced NLVCares Small Business Assistance Program please visit the City of North Las Vegas website here.