Homeless group worried about police presence in Corridor of Hope

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Some people are concerned seeing police units in the Corridor of Hope, an area near Las Vegas Boulevard and Owens, where homeless can get access to resources.

The police presence had some homeless advocates worried about possible arrests.  

The City of Las Vegas says overcrowding in the area has led to the need for them to periodically clean the sidewalks and when that happens homeless people are asked to move their belongings.

"I do understand and respect what they're doing there but then on the flip side, they don't have an alternative to go to," says Merideth Spriggs with Caridad, a homeless advocacy group.

Las Vegas police insured us that their outreach teams were actually working with homeless people in the area to help them get access to resources and that there were no arrests or citations.

The city says they were actually able to help 28 people get into housing. Still, advocates say more needs to be done.  

They are lobbying for a focus on the bigger issue of affordable housing in Las Vegas. "I feel like we have failed as a community when Metro is left to deal with our problems," Spriggs says.

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