I hope you are enjoying our glorious spring weather! I want to remind you that the deadline to apply for Southern Nevada Hispanic Employment Program 2012 scholarships is April 15. Applications and information are available at www.snhep.org/.
CITY COUNCIL ITEMS OF INTEREST APRIL 18
I encourage you to review the agenda items of particular interest to Ward 5 residents before the April 18 Redevelopment Agency and City Council meetings. Participate in the meetings in Council Chambers at 495 S. Main St. or watch them live on television on KCLV-TV Cable Channel 2 or via the Internet at www.kclv.tv. Go online to view the complete agenda for both meetings.
NEIGHBORHOODLIFT DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE AND HOMEBUYER SUPPORT PROGRAMS
The city of Las Vegas has been selected by Wells Fargo to be the fourth city to host the "NeighborhoodLIFT" program. In Las Vegas, this will include a five-year goal of $1 billion in mortgage purchase loans by Wells Fargo, and a $9 million investment the bank is making this year for down payment assistance grants and homebuyer support programs that help consumers achieve successful, sustainable home ownership.
Residents are invited to attend the NeighborhoodLIFT program May 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Riviera Hotel & Casino Royale Pavilion, where they can apply for Wells Fargo-funded down payment assistance grants and homebuyer support programs. Admission and parking will be free. At the event, prospective homebuyers can participate in affordable home tours of residential properties for sale in the city of Las Vegas and will be able to apply for down payment assistance grants of up to $15,000 administered by NeighborWorks America affiliate Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada through grants from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Requirements for the NeighborhoodLIFT program down payment assistance grants include income and owner-occupied home specifications, including not exceeding 120 percent of local median income; an eight-hour homebuyer education session with the approved NeighborWorks America affiliate; a commitment to stay in the home for five years; and qualification for a first mortgage on the property. Representatives from Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada and the city of Las Vegas will be on site to help with the processing of applications for grants and other services.
See the English-language flier or Spanish-language flier for more information. Prospective homebuyers can learn more details, see a list of what to bring, and register to attend the events at www.neighborhoodlink.com/.
AMERICA READS FREE TUTORING
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and America Reads have teamed up to bring a free after-school tutoring program to five library branches. College students from UNLV are providing help with reading and math to school-aged children through May 5. Click here for details in English; click here for details in Spanish.
LIBRARY OBSERVES FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has scheduled a number of events that I want to bring to your attention. The district has scheduled a series of workshops and lectures to learn techniques and receive training on financial literacy for individuals, businesses and non-profits. The events are free and open to the public. See the schedule here. For more information, please call 507-6293.
LOVE YOUR LIBRARY? TELL A FRIEND!
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Madame Tussauds Las Vegas have teamed up to present "Love your Library? Tell a Friend!," a library card sign-up campaign. Just sign up for a free library card during the month of April, or if you already have a library card, like them on Facebook, and be automatically entered to earn a chance to win a grand prize that includes a family four pack to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, which includes a family photo and souvenir tote bag.
Library patrons who already have a library card and want to visit Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will receive a 50-percent discount off both adult and child general admission tickets through April 30. Simply show your library card at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas box office to receive the discount or mention promotional code 7810. Open seven days a week, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is a world- famous wax attraction that features more than 100 celebrities. For more information, call (702) 862-7800.
A library card allows free access to a collection of more than several million items of books, magazines, downloadables, CDs and DVDs, as well as online access to an array of information. Teens and children have access to online homework help offering a wealth of free resources designed to assist kids with their daily school assignments. Getting a free library card is easy. Just stop in any Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch to fill out an application or apply online.
To see more activities and events coming up in Ward 5, please visit my Web page.