Las Vegas is opening a temporary homeless shelter on the upper parking lot of the Cashman Center.
Last week, the Southern Nevada Health District announced that a homeless man tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The incident led the shelter, run by Catholic Charities, to shutter, leaving 500 individuals without an overnight shelter, according to a joint news release from Clark County and the City of Las Vegas.
County and city officials are working to expand the Homeless Courtyard to Foremaster Lane.
Officials also said that an additional expansion onto the Cashman site would create more space for social distancing.
Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear, who represents Ward 5, said the expansion is “an excellent example of the city, county and homeless providers coming together” to slow the spread of the virus.
In a statement on Saturday, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones said, “We’re proud to be working in collaboration with the city to meet the needs of our homeless population and appreciate the quick response of the participants in standing up the facility so soon.”
The temporary shelter will operate from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday through April 3. It’s intended for homeless individuals who can walk to the site from the Courtyard.
Those with fragile health or mobility problems will still be accommodated at the Courtyard, officials said.
“The city wants to make this site available because we know the obligation we have to help ease the overflow of the Homeless Courtyard,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a statement.
Freeman’s Carpet Service, GES Exposition Services and the Teamsters are among several businesses helping with the shelter.
Homeless providers in the area were also helping to set up the temporary shelter Saturday afternoon.
Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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