At this time, Las Vegas homeless epidemic is 8th in the country, and we have over 1600 families on the list for housing. True Beginning is working to accumulate data to support how homeless statistics are affected by release after incarceration, due to the overwhelming number of landlords who refuse to rent to individuals with negative backgrounds.
The issue of criminal convictions has some families on the list for permanent housing as well as in shelters for years. The county assistance program needs to be addressed and new laws implemented by HUD, that do not discriminate. Unless we begin to treat housing as a right and not a privilege, the numbers of incarceration and homelessness will continue to rise simultaneously.
See the numbers at the Nevada Homeless Alliance
According to study, Las Vegas is among cities with the highest rates of homelessness.