CommunityCultureHealth & WellnessLas Vegas to break ground on homeless resource center near downtown this year

As the City of Las Vegas continues to contend with the homeless crisis, plans for a major homeless resource center are moving forward.

The Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, a place where the homeless can access the resources they need to get off the street, is set for final approval in the summer of 2020 and break ground in the fall.

Located in the so-called Corridor of Hope, often referred to as the “homeless corridor,” at 314 Foremaster Lane, the center will be the realization of a project now three years in the making.

The property has been open in a limited capacity since 2017, but the city says it plans to open the completed Courtyard in 2021, fitted with an 800-guest shelter open to all, a guest services building, laundry services, medical and mental health facilities and much more. Outside areas will be able to accommodate 500 guests, too.

The plans come at the same time the city braces for the full rollout of the new homeless ordinance, passed by the City Council in November, which makes it virtually illegal to sleep in public spaces.

While the ordinance allows that those without places of their own can sleep on the streets when shelters are full, critics say that the fining and jailing individuals for being homeless is immoral. Supporters of the ordinance say that its purpose is to push the homeless toward resources like the ones the Courtyard will offer.

The ordinance is scheduled to take full effect Feb. 1.

The new center will also offer mailing amenities so that guests will have an address while applying to jobs.

The Courtyard was inspired by city officials’ visits to cities with similar developments like San Antonio, Phoenix, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco to gather what was working in those areas to solve the homeless crisis.

The complex is expected to cost $15 million and will be paid for with support from the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life, which is meant to invest in solving the city’s problems.

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