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Las Vegas shelters prepare for possible wave of homelessness, eviction moratorium expires Sept. 1

Posted at 7:08 AM, Aug 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Time is running out for many people across the state with the eviction moratorium expiring in less than two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans could become homeless, and local shelters are preparing for an increase in need.

The eviction moratorium expires Sept. 1, and some studies suggest 300,000 Nevadans are at risk of losing their homes.

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For shelters like Catholic Charities, they have already been operating at less capacity to accommodate social distancing. Currently, they do have beds available but they're expecting an increase in need in the coming weeks.

"We kind of anticipate that," said Leslie Carmine with Catholic Charities. "We're here to help and we want to support the best we can."

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For Family Promise of Las Vegas, they say this year they've already tripled the average number of people they usually serve. They do have an eviction prevention program and that money is ready to use, but they fear it won't be enough once the moratorium expires.

"That would be catastrophic, not only for Clark County but for our entire nation," said Terry Lindemann with Family Promise of Las Vegas. "Those families would become homeless almost immediately with little resources for shelters because we are still social distancing."

After the moratorium expires, rent must be paid on time started after Sept. 1.

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