Nevada NewsMakers

Clark County commissioners working on public/private partnership to build housing for homeless, Gibson says

News - December 28, 2018

By Ray Hagar
Nevada Newsmakers

Clark County could soon announce a major private/public proposal to construct housing for the homeless in Las Vegas, Clark Commissioner Jim Gibson said on Nevada Newsmakers.

"So we have identified some properties, BLM properties around the valley that are in Clark County and our proposal will include building or converting current facilities for some number of homeless people," Gibson said.

"(We are also) encouraging the development by the development community on some attainable and affordable housing, and finding resources to make those profitable enough to where there is a value proposition in it for the private sector."

Gibson stressed that the proposal won't succeed without buy-in from the business community.

"Government just can't do it all by itself," he told host Sam Shad. "But (we are talking about) a series of initiatives that are both government initiated, funded and managed with the business community in partnership with government.

These are things we are discussing in real detail and we will be doing some things, actually I think we are moving to try and put something on an agenda (soon)," he said.

Gibson said he has had a number of meetings with fellow Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick about the subject.

"Fundamentally, we've got to have a place for them," Gibson said about the homeless. "We've got to have housing for them and we have a shortage. We are down to zero, in terms of housing.

The 2017 census counted 6,490 homeless people in Clark County, according to Las Vegas news reports.

Other statistics suggest the problem may be larger.

Clark County ranked No. 3 in the nation in the number of unaccompanied homeless children and youth living on the streets and in shelters, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Only San Jose, Calif., and Los Angeles rank above Las Vegas.

More than 14,000 homeless youths are estimated to be enrolled within the Clark County School District, according to local news reports.

"It is all how you define the homelessness," Gibson said of the discrepancies. "But we have thousands. Six thousand is the number that comes to mind. But I don't know if that is everyone.

"You know, the school district has a definition, and I think in their definition, if you reside in a daily or weekly, you are considered homeless," Gibson said. "But fundamentally, if you don't have a roof over your head and a place to prepare a meal, then you are really homeless."

When planning for the future, Gibson said Clark County must always consider the water issue. Yet the thousands of homeless residents in the Las Vegas Valley cannot be ignored.

It can be an expensive area for housing. Average rents in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas hover around $1,000 a month, according to various rental-property web sites.

"Attainable and affordable (housing) needs to be built into -- at least some portion --  of what we are going to do," he said of future planning. "We have a population of people here who cannot afford housing. It is not attainable for them. And the homeless population will be the group of people who will have to be afforded the right kind of coverage.

Gibson search for a word in describing the situation.

"I don't know if opportunity is the right word because the opportunity is very limited. I just know that we need to deal with homelessness and all of that will be part of the discussion in terms of growth," he said.

Finding shelter is not the only issue among the homeless, Gibson said.

"Now getting a home, or getting a place to be, a shelter is only a part of it," he said. "There are multiple issues, health issues, mental health issues that all have to be addressed. But the beginning point has got to be, getting something over their heads."

Read full article




Recent Articles:

Pot lounges may solve dilemma faced by Las Vegas tourists with Nevada's marijuana laws, Clark commissioner says
News - December 28, 2018

"The thing that I am concerned about is that we have a whole lot of (marijuana) consumption that is happening illegally and we voted as a state to legalize it. So there are some disconnects along the way." Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson

Las Vegas should establish 'pot lounges' to boost marijuana-based tourism, Clark County commissioner-elect says
News - December 27, 2018

"What we really need to get this tourism off the ground are these pot lounges, so we can actually legitimately say, 'Come to Nevada, purchase it and there's a place to use it." Clark County Commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom

Medicaid for many? Assembly Democrats will consider new health-care plan in 2019 Legislature, Frierson says
News - December 18, 2018

"I think we have an opportunity to revisit legislation from last session, fine tune it and see if it is something palatable, to be able to provide health care for every Nevadan, if possible." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

All of Nevada's marijuana tax money should go to education, Assembly leader says
News - December 18, 2018

"The will of the people is that money would go toward education and it should." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

Democrats will reintroduce bills at upcoming Legislature that Gov. Sandoval vetoed in 2017, Rogich says
News - December 14, 2018

"All those bills that Brian Sandoval vetoed, I think there were 41 of them, they are all going to come back." Sig Rogich, president of Rogich Communications

U.S. House controlled by Democrats could help legal marijuana industry with banking problem, Titus says
News - December 12, 2018

"Some people see it as a criminal justice issue. Some see it as a states rights issue. Some look at it just as a business and some are just old hippies who just want to get stoned." Rep. Dina Titus, D-LV



With gaming licensing renewal looming, U.S.-China trade war concerns Las Vegas companies in Macau, Mulroy says
News - December 7, 2018

"Obviously, all of us from Las Vegas who have licenses to own properties and have gaming licenses in Macau, those licenses were always time-limited. And those licenses are coming up and I think there is a concern that we have pushed the Chinese so far that this snowball of retaliation can come back to haunt all of us." Pat Mulroy, board members of Wynn Resorts

Caesars positioned to jump into lucrative Japanese gaming market, Jones Blackhurst says
News - December 6, 2018

"Japan is hugely important, not only to Caesars but the entire gaming industry. This is probably the single most important market to open in the last decade for sure, maybe the last two decades." Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive VP government relations and corporate responsibility for Caesars Entertainment.

Las Vegas mayor wants state to revamp education system, urges Sisolak to be careful with gubernatorial hires
News - December 6, 2018

"Gov. Sisolak, he is not an educator. He is a fine man and he is very focused on results and I hope he gets the right people around him and doesn't recycle the mediocrity that has been here for 40 years in education." Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Washoe, Elko counties shoulder social costs for prosperous smaller counties, longtime CEO says
News - October 11, 2018

"All of the big companies that are coming into Storey County, all of these employees are being housed, schooled and hospital-ed and everything else in Washoe County, Lyon County and some in Churchill County. So we are basically carrying the brunt of the load and not getting any positive fiscal result from that, except for the fact that we get to build lots of new schools and all of the other facilities that are required to house all the people." Tom Gallagher, CEO Summitt Engineering

Special report: Sisolak endorsement leads to big rift between Laxalt campaign, leaders at Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center
News - September 26, 2018

"Is this a problem for Laxalt? Yeah, you have traditional and big money Republicans walking over to the other side."   Eric Herzik, a University of Nevada, Reno political science professor and registered Republican.

TRIC owner responds to 'unhinged,' 'overly emotional attack' by Laxalt consultant against Lance Gilman
Commentary - September 19, 2018

"For Attorney General Laxalt to attack Mr. Gilman is pathetic. Lance has done more for the state of Nevada in the past 12 months than Laxalt has in his entire life." Don Roger Norman



Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center's Gilman has threatened Laxalt, used extortion-like tactics against him, Laxalt consultant says
News - September 18, 2018

"This guy, Lance Gilman, has been doing everything he can to try to threaten the attorney general for months, whether it is sending messengers to try and intimidate the attorney general, or trying to force action from the top law enforcement officer of the state, without even a proper investigation, which now has been done. It is literally appalling what Lance Gilman has been up to this entire year and I believe it is extortionary." Robert Uithoven, Adam Laxalt's campaign consultant

Republican Gilman supports Democrat Sisolak for governor because of his economic development experience
News - September 18, 2018

"Steve Sisolak does economic development. He knows how. And that is the issue." Lance Gilman, longtime Republican and developer of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park

Rep. Kihuen, under U.S. House investigation, does not rule out future run for political office
News - September 14, 2018

"Politics is about people's support. And if people support you and if they want you to run, then absolutely (I would run)." Rep. Ruben Kihuen

Yucca nuclear dump poses threat to U.S. military bases in Nevada, Rosen says
News - September 13, 2018

"There are 75,000 metric tons of nuclear waste. At three loads a week via trains or trucks on our freeways, going through over 44 states and 300 counties, it will take 50 years to transport it. So don't tell me that within that 50 years, there is not going to be some kind of accident." Rep. Jacky Rosen

Heller willing to bet $100 Kavanaugh will be comfirmed as Supreme Court justice by end of month
News - September 12, 2018

"Some have argued that he (Kavanaugh) is one of the best legal minds to come before the U.S. Senate in a generation and it is just too bad to see this dog-and-pony show that is going on." U.S. Sen. Dean Heller

Trump tax cuts show inequality between corporations and working class, Sen. Cortez-Masto says
News - September 11, 2018

"Why should the hard-working families and their tax breaks and more money in their pockets be temporary when everybody else's is permanent?. That is my concern." Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto on the Trump tax cuts.


Next Page Last Page