Cashman Center Now Being Used As Temporary Homeless Shelter

Need Arose Following Closure Of Catholic Charities Shelter

Mitch Kelly
March 30, 2020 - 6:21 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Due to the closure of Catholic Charities, the city of Las Vegas, Clark County and area homeless providers are setting up a temporary shelter for the homeless on the upper parking lot of the Cashman Center. 

The location will run until April 3.  It's anticipated that the Catholic Charities homeless shelter in the Corridor of Hope will re-open in the meantime.

Last week, the Southern Nevada Health District announced that a homeless man tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As a result, the shelter run by Catholic Charities closed temporarily. 

This meant about 500 individuals would have no overnight shelter.  The county and city worked together to expand the Homeless Courtyard to accommodate the homeless along Foremaster Lane, and will do an additional expansion onto the Cashman site to allow for greater social distancing. 

The temporary shelter at Cashman will operate from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  It will be for homeless individuals who are able to walk to the site from the Courtyard.  Those with fragile health or mobility problems will still be accommodated at the Courtyard. 

The city is reserving the building spaces at Cashman Center for potential hospital overflow should the community require it.