Nevada has more homeless youth than any other state in the country. But now they have a safe place to go.
The Shannon West Homeless Youth Center is now officially open on East Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway. The 3-story facility will house up to 166 youth ages 16 to 24. It includes a computer lab where they can learn life skills.
Help of Southern Nevada is opening the facility after eight years of planning, raising funds, acquiring land, and development.
According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Nevada was ranked first in the nation for the rate of homeless youth. During the last school year, there were more than 14,000 homeless students in Clark County Schools.