LAS VEGAS, NV – July 27, 2022
In case you couldn’t attend, the Governor toured HELP of Southern Nevada today and was shown demonstrations of the weatherization program as part of the Nevada Climate Series 2022.
A new resource guide with tips for do-it-yourself weatherization to save on utilities during extreme weather can be found HERE. Nevada has applied for $24 million in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to support Nevada’s Weatherization Assistance program. Click here to apply for assistance available now across the state.
“As climate change continues to have negative impacts on our communities, it’s critical we provide Nevadans with the tools they need to mitigate the effects,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I’m proud to work with organizations across the state to help households save money and protect their homes. I know the needs of Nevadans are stronger than ever – that's why the State is aggressively pursuing funding from the federal government to expand our weatherization program and protect Nevadans and our State.”
During the event, the Governor met with Lupita Donoho, an 86-year-old widow, and Gladys Velez, 80. Lupita has been in Las Vegas for 67 years and her heat stopped working right before Thanksgiving 2021. She was eventually referred to HELP of Southern Nevada. An eligibility specialist came out to do paperwork and marked the file as an emergency. They gave her a new unit, fixed her kitchen door, gave her a new refrigerator and more.
Gladys has lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years with her husband, Juan. They are originally from Colombia and moved to Nevada from Florida. In 2017, the couple had previously used the weatherization program for their air conditioner, after a friend told them about the program. During the holiday season, their water heater went out. Juan had just had surgery and they are on fixed incomes, so replacing it was not something they could afford. Gladys shared her story in Spanish, with the help of a translator.
Photos from the event can be found HERE.