[Hpn] New year-round homeless programs opens at Catholic Charities

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 03 Apr 2007 03:44:47 -0400


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New year-round homeless programs opens at Catholic Charities

April 2, 2007 =20

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A winter program aimed at providing the homeless with overnight shelter =
from the cold weather ended Sunday, but a new program, aimed at helping =
some of our Valley's homeless year round, started Monday.

The new emergency shelter program will provide 200 beds year round for =
those who need it most. The program is a joint effort between Clark =
County Social Services and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning =
Coaltion's Committee on Homelessness.=20

Regional Homeless Coordinator Shannon West says the new program, and =
others like it, save the county and taxpayers money.

"Sheltering programs are in place so that people have shelter; they're =
also in place so that people are protected from the elements because if =
they get really sick and they're indigent, they go to UMC and incur =
really huge medical bills," said West.=20

Catholic Charities will be in charge or running the program at their =
main location on Las Vegas Blvd; that is where the 200 beds will be =
housed.

On average, the winter program helps about 400 people stay out of the =
cold each night. This new program is also expected to be a big help, but =
West adds there are other programs aimed at helping the homeless get =
back on their feet for good.=20

"There are beds available inside a work program," said West. "Part of =
our approach is that we're fielding outreach teams that will go out, =
meet with folks where they are get them kind of ready to go and receive =
help and treatment."



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