Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's (SNRPC) Committee on Homelessness (CoH)
As a member of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Committee on Homelessness, the city supports homeless prevention and intervention efforts through policy development and financial support. The CoH was created to address regional homeless issues and to ensure that there are adequate resources and supportive services available to assist those most in need in Southern Nevada. Highlights of programs and services at the regional level are:
- Regional Homeless Coordination Efforts
- Inclement Weather Shelter Program
- Homeless Management Information System
- Homeless Census
- Inclement Weather Coordination
- Project Homeless Connect
- Regional Crisis Intervention Team
- Continuum of Care Coordination
- “No Wrong Door” Homeless Prevention System
For more information about these regional homeless efforts, please visit www.helphopehome.org .
Westcare Community Triage Center (CTC) Partnership
In 2005, the SNRPC agreed to create a centrally located drop-off triage center for those mentally ill persons and chronic inebriates who are not in need of emergency room care called the Community Triage Center (CTC). This center is funded by state and local governments with contributions made by area hospitals. The CTC is a program of WestCare Nevada, Inc. and services include homeless outreach, case management, crisis stabilization, intake, assessments as well as drug and alcohol detoxification.
Hope Corridor Alliance
In April 2009, community meetings were held to develop a plan of action to address specifically the homeless corridor area based on input from focus groups, including the homeless, on what should be the best course of action. The group became known as the Hope Corridor Alliance and includes the homeless, service providers, businesses, law enforcement, faith community, media, homeless advocates, government, volunteers and other interested parties. The group developed the Hope Corridor Alliance Strategic Plan. The purpose of the plan is to implement a comprehensive community based approach with the various stakeholders who live and operate in the area. The vision is “Safe streets for all who live and work in the Corridor” and the mission is to “Implement a safe environment that will assist persons in the Corridor to work, access services, and find shelter.” The Hope Corridor Alliance continues to meet twice a month and provide outreach and intervention services weekly.
Community Donation Redirection (CDR)
Many organizations and individuals are generous in their donation efforts and assisting homeless in need particularly in the homeless corridor. Many donations come in the form of food, time, clothing and other basic essential items. The methods of delivery often include feeding on the streets and the dumping of clothing and other items. Although their efforts are well intentioned, their donations often have negative impacts such as:
- increased litter and waste (many items are discarded on the streets)
- increased cleaning costs
- blight, health and safety concerns (food can be contaminated, unsafe stopping and illegal pedestrian traffic)
- short-term, temporary solution
The purpose of the CDR effort is to redirect the donation efforts of community and faith based organizations and citizens for improved resource coordination and to decrease litter, health and safety concerns. The goal is to not only provide a single service or item, but to connect the homeless to services and assistance that will end their homelessness.
Responsible Donation Recommendations
Help Hope Home Donation Information
Community Interfaith Council - The Community Interfaith Council (CIC) is comprised of a steering committee representing diverse faiths. The CIC’s mission is to provide resources and build opportunities for partnerships in order to better serve the community’s needs. It accomplishes this mission by connecting faith organizations with each other, collaborating with local and state government on community issues and engaging the faith community to more effectively meet the needs of target populations. For more information, visit http://www.communityinterfaithcouncil.org/ .