Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Vegas Shooting Victims Fund Widens Pool For Financial Aid

Funds Would Be Used To Cover Basic Needs

June 21, 2019 - 6:19 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A program offering financial help to survivors of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that killed 58 people in October 2017 is changing hands and widening the pool of people eligible for aid.

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center says applicants now can qualify for up to four payments totaling $2,000 over a two-year span to cover basic needs like groceries, transportation, moving costs, rent and utilities.

The effort headed by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas will keep disbursing funds following the end of efforts by the nonprofit Route91Strong .

California-based Route91Strong reports delivering more than $220,000 to help more than 150 survivor family members in the last 20 months.

Resiliency Center Director Tennille Pereira says officials recognize that survivors heal on their own timeline.