The homeless now have a safe place to sleep at night thanks to the City of Las Vegas’s Courtyard. The courtyard is located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Foremaster Lane. The city uses CHIPs or the Southern Nevada Community Health Improvement Program.
The courtyard has been part of a pilot program for a year. As of Tuesday, it’s open 24/7 for the homeless to sleep in a secure open-air area. One hundred-sixteen people can stay overnight on a first-come first-serve basis. At least five armed security guards will be there at all times. There are no sobriety tests required to enter. If a person poses no harm to themselves or anyone else, they’re welcome.
Aside from the safe place to sleep, the courtyard offers many services including medical, mental health, career counseling, mobile showers and barber services.
"Individuals who are experiencing homelessness (we hope) we can draw them in by those constant contacts knowing that those services are here, just to draw them in to start to help them to be able to get off the streets," CHIPs executive director Alexandria Anderson said.
Jason Rohdy said he has been trying to get off the streets for three years.
"Transitioning from hitting rock bottom and actually getting back to normal society it's real rough. It's hard for me right now," Rohdy said.
Rohdy said sleeping at the courtyard has been much more peaceful than the streets because of the security.
“They’ve been able to keep the theft low, and other things low,” Rohdy said.
It’s people like Rohdy the city hoped to help with the services at the courtyard.
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