Jon Bon Jovi is doing what he can to support homeless youth.
The rockstar’s Soul Foundation recently announced it helped purchase a 15-bedroom home in Southern Nevada with space for 30 beds which will be used to help young people off the streets.
The nonprofit teamed up with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), an organisation serving people aged 12 to 20 who have run away, been kicked out or find themselves in unstable home environments, as well as hotel and entertainment giant Las Vegas Sands, together generating $675,000 in funding for the project, which included a $100,000 community matching grant from Bon Jovi’s foundation.
“The JBJ Soul Foundation understands the great need to continue to address youth homelessness across the country, which is when we saw the potential to make an impact in Las Vegas,” Bon Jovi says in a statement shared on his foundation’s website.
“We knew that in partnering with NPHY and Sands, along with motivating the community with our match grant, we would create a successful venture where vulnerable youth can have not only a safe place to sleep, but also have access to services to help them move beyond their circumstances.”
Those services include employment and education assistance, food, clothing and hygiene supplies, life skills classes as well as mentorship and support programs.
When the mission was first launched in February, 2019, there was only enough housing for 22 percent of youth experiencing homelessness on any given night in Southern Nevada.
With this new housing, the gap is being reduced and equates to an additional 5,475 nights per year to keep homeless youth safe and off the streets.
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The JBJ Soul Foundation, which was founded by Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea in 2006, is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary – in that time, they have set up 1,000 units of housing for youth and veterans as well as community kitchens to provide free meals to people in need and a food pantry to help struggling families.
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