04/16/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2018 19:10
Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $33.5 million in federal grant funding for this year to build the new Northern Nevada State Veterans Home, currently under construction in Sparks.
'I am absolutely thrilled that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Nevada the grant funding to complete construction of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home,' Governor Brian Sandoval said. 'The home is desperately needed in northern Nevada and so, during the last legislative session, I put $33.5 million into the state budget with the knowledge that we would be reimbursed, in order to begin construction. I am pleased reimbursement will happen this year.'
The total construction cost for the new 96-bed skilled nursing care facility is more than $47 million. In 2015, at Governor Sandoval's urging, the Nevada Legislature approved a required 35% state match of $14.1 million, which immediately boosted the project from number 94 to 63 on the VA priority list. Last year, the project stood at number 50 on the VA priority list.
As a direct result of Governor Sandoval's decision to insert $33.5 million in the state budget in 2017 and recent VA rule change, a new prioritization formula was created that ensured a certain percentage of rural state homes would be funded. Because of this change, the Northern Nevada Veterans State Veterans Home will be funded this year.