City of Las Vegas aims to clean up neighborhood with 'one stop shop' homeless shelter

Officials look to San Antonio, Texas for guidance

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - The city of Las Vegas is undertaking the ambitious project of solving the homeless problem.

There are clusters of homeless people in the neighborhood near Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street between Washington and Owens.

Fifteen million dollars has been allocated to a 'one stop shop' kind of shelter called 'Corridor of Hope.'

City Councilman Ricki Barlow says the campus will include medical help, social services, job assistance and whatever else is needed.

It's scheduled to open in March.

For now, there's a temporary pop-up shelter at the location.

For guidance, Las Vegas officials visited San Antonio, Texas this year.

That city's 'Haven for Hope' shelter has placed thousands of homeless people into permanent housing since it opened in 2010.

"What we're looking to do here is customize and repeat to some extent what San Antonio has done as far as create an opportunity," Barlow said.

He says Las Vegas is also identifying what has not worked well there.

According to KSAT-TV in San Antonio, there were 1,877 police calls for service to 'Haven for Hope' in the years 2014 and 2015.

That's an average of 2.5 per day.

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