The Courtyard Homeless Resource Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The center recently marked its one year anniversary as a 24/7 facility. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae The City of Las Vegas is spending an average of about $26,500 for each homeless person that it interacts with, a total that is expected to reach about $369 million this year, City Council members were told Wednesday. So far the city has spent about $234 million this year on homeless services, according to Jeremy Aguero, a researcher with the city’s Department of Community Service. The costs include social services, housing, policing, incarceration, medical treatment, hospitalization and cleanup of areas popular with the homeless. And he warned that despite a decline in the number of homeless counted in the annual census this year, the cost of providing services and the demand is only increasing. “We think the problem is likely to continue to get worse (as) our population … [Read more...] about Las Vegas expects to spend $369M this year on homeless services
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Shawn D. Lewis The Detroit News Published 12:53 PM EDT Aug 16, 2019 It was a bone-chilling night when he slept outside underneath the landmark fist on Jefferson in Detroit. Hip-hop recording artist and Inkster native J. Reed wanted to bring attention to the plight of the homeless. So for 48 hours, he and a friend tried to ward off the cold in sleeping bags on that November night in 2017, refused food and only drank water offered by passers-by. “As much as I already knew it was an issue, actually being in their shoes made me see just how bad the situation can be when we walk by and pretend they’re invisible,” said Reed, 29, who relocated in March to Long Beach, California, with his wife, Sha’Tarra Reed. “First, it was friends and family who came by donating goods, and then word spread through social media, and people began donating clothing, blankets and other items, which we then spread out in Hart Plaza, where a lot of homeless people … [Read more...] about J. Reed featured at Census 2020 street fair in Inkster
John Bell talks about living homeless while waiting in line for food on Foremaster Lane near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoTJ, who declined to give his last name, left, talks about living homeless while waiting in line for food on Foremaster Lane near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoJohn Bell talks about living homeless while waiting in line for food on Foremaster Lane near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoA Las Vegas police car passes by homeless people on Foremaster Lane near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoBrian Diaz talks about living homeless while waiting in line for food on Foremaster Lane near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) … [Read more...] about Drop in Clark County homeless census attracts skepticism
opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Jun 30, 2019 The constitutional language that promises every U.S. citizen "the equal protection of the laws" has always been a little, well ... aspirational. Since its ratification after the American Civil War, the 14th Amendment has described the egalitarian society we more precisely than the imperfect one we live in. Federal law may guarantee even the most impoverished defendant a lawyer, but no one imagines that the homeless teenager arrested for petty larceny gets the same legal representation as the hedge-fund manager charged with securities fraud. And while the aggrieved consumer and the multinational pharmaceutical maker enjoy the same right to free speech, the latter's superior financial resources all but guarantee that its message — Ask your doctor if Venclexta is right for you! —will reach a far larger audience. More: Supreme Court justices tell … [Read more...] about An end to one person, one vote?
This year’s count of homeless people in San Diego County found the population dropping by about 6 percent for the second straight year, but organizers behind the count are holding off on any celebrations.The drop could mean the homeless population has decreased, but organizers of the count say it also could be the result of a new method of counting they say is more accurate.A report released Monday by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless found the Jan. 25 count found 8,102 homeless people throughout the county. Of those, 3,626 were in shelters and 4,476 were living on the streets, vehicles, canyons or other open places. The numbers represent a 5.5 percent drop from last year. The number of unsheltered homeless people dropped by 514 from last year, representing a 10 percent decrease. The number of people in shelters increased by 1 percent.The decrease in unsheltered people largely is from a significant drop in the number of people who were counted as living in … [Read more...] about New counting techniques finds fewer homeless in county