County leaders are inviting local organizations interested in helping the homeless to submit proposals to provide emergency shelter and/or help the homeless find permanent housing.
In an effort to diversify and expand the availability of shelter beds and other services, there are no requirements related to the size or location of a proposed shelter (local zoning and land-use restrictions would still apply), and organizations may propose providing all or some of the services being sought. Also, an organization would not be allowed to withhold shelter or other services from a homeless individual based upon sobriety, participation in religious activities, or participation in addiction treatment services.
Ideally, these changes will result in shelter and other services being available to anyone who needs them in facilities outside the urban core that may serve a relatively small number of homeless at a time, plus larger shelters.
Anyone interested in submitting a proposal should go to https://clarkcountynv.bonfirehub.com and review the information and documents connected to Document No. 605480. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 29.
In addition, a pre-proposal conference will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Gold Conference Room on the fourth floor of the County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. Attending the pre-proposal conference is not mandatory.
The proposals received by the County will be reviewed by staff from local governments. Contract negotiations could begin in December, with implementation of any new contracts expected in the spring.
The new contracts will replace the current contracts for homeless shelters.