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Las Vegas bans sleeping on city streets

By Phantom On November 7th, 2019

The Las Vegas city council has just passed a law making it illegal to camp or sleep on the city streets ….when beds are available in local homeless shelters.

This makes complete sense to me.

Government should make provision for the addicted and the mentally ill, who constitute a big majority of the homeless. The problem isn’t usually the lack of a home, the root problem is the addiction or mental illness.

Shelters respond to the need for a place to stay and sleep.

Having large homeless camps inside a community is ruinous to the quality of life for most, and it is particularly harmful to an economy that is based on tourism.

The usual frauds condemn this move as being heartless. It’s not.

Well done, Las Vegas for enacting this humane solution.

10 Responses to “Las Vegas bans sleeping on city streets”

  1. I have a question……..

    Vegas has 4 homeless Shelters each with right around 100 beds some a little more some a little less but roughly 400 beds for the homeless. As of last January…. Las Vegas/Clark County found 6,490 homeless people, making it the region with the eighth-largest homeless population this year.

    What happens to the other 6000 ?

  2. 400 beds in homeless shelters in a big city like Las Vegas sounds incredibly low to me

    But if that number is accurate, and if the 6490 number is accurate also, then the law as described would be meaningless. It couldn’t do anything since there would be no available beds in the shelter.

  3. That’s the number of permanent beds, the city only has 4 permanent shelters. Now they could be doing also what they do around the Philly burbs and out reach groups have a stock of mattresses that they rotate between churches.

    They set them up in the church basements one week per church, but that’s still only at most another 100 beds. I don’t know if they’ve opened any city temp shelters, but even if they had there is no way they can accommodate 6000 and I’d be shocked if that number wasn’t lowballed.

    This is a show Law it can’t be enforced there just aren’t enough beds.

  4. Was watching vids last night on this very subject. I heard they were making provision for 10,000 abodes but ran out of money and 6000 were expected to be ready last month

  5. This is of course not a Las Vegas problem. It is a national problem.

    Very many homeless don’t want to be in shelters, for various reasons.

    Some shelters are dangerous, loud, poorly managed.

    And you’re not allowed to take drugs or drink alcohol in a properly run shelter.

  6. EP

    Speak of how your part of Canada deals with this

  7. that would be progress Kurt, at least those who want to brave the shelter system could.

    The money would have been better spent building and manning a free 1000 bed 90day rehab facility.

  8. Pat
    doesn’t that become a revolving door, where they’re then back on the street?

  9. And of course – rehab is the last thing that some of them want.

    What do you do when you have someone who never wants to work, and who wants to spend his life getting drunk and/or doing crack and panhandling?

    You absolutely see this, in NYC, Denver, Austin, LA, SF – young or old homeless who hate the idea of working in some ” boring ” job and who prefer life on the streets to something that is structured.

    This is a tough issue, and housing is not the root cause of any of it.

    Local politicians will often frame this as a housing issue ( ” build more free apartments for the homeless ” ) when their solutions don’t begin to address root causes for very many on the streets.

    You can’t fix a problem if you don’t say what it is.

    It’s not a housing problem, not for most.

  10. You will always have a core that don’t want or won’t take help, but the heroin epidemic has destroyed more lives of once functional people.

    A third of the homeless population are ready for rehab they’ve hit their bottom. There just aren’t enough beds in rehabs and most states and health plans if they have one pay for a 28 days which just isn’t enough.

    If we can handle the addicts that want help it would be 1000 times more progress than is being made on starting to address the homeless problem. Another 3rd need to be institutionalised but we don’t do that anymore and for good reason. The last 3rd are those like Phantom describes.