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28 Southern Nevada libraries designated as Safe Place sites

Posted: 9:19 AM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 23:47:04Z

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is already checking off goals for the new year: expanding the number of Safe Place sites for homeless, abused, neglected, abandoned and other children and teens in need of immediate help and safety, and adding “youth-serving” partners for the first time to the crisis intervention program.

Beginning Jan. 17, libraries operated by Henderson Libraries and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District are designated Safe Place sites for thousands of vulnerable youth throughout Clark County.

The new partnership adds 25 Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and three Henderson Libraries locations with specially trained staff to assist youth in crisis, bringing the total to 28. Locations also now display the universally recognized yellow and black diamond Safe Place sign at their entrances alerting youth in crisis they can seek help.

The libraries are also Southern Nevada’s first Safe Place partner sites with a youth-specific component in their operations and complement the mobile crisis intervention program’s existing convenience store, fire station and bus transportation partners. These are in addition to the NPHY Drop-In Center near UNLV.