The 2019 Southern Nevada Homeless Census found 5,286 people living in shelters or on the streets here – a decrease of about 13 percent (797 individuals) compared to last year, and the lowest number since we began counting the homeless in our community 12 years ago.
"In collaboration with our government and non-profit partners, we are continuously working to prevent homelessness when possible, and provide programs and services that help those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet," Clark County Social Service Director Michael Pawlak said. "The 2019 homeless count shows we are headed in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. There are still more than 5,200 homeless people in our community on any given day, and almost 14,000 people will experience homelessness here at some point during the year. Homelessness costs our community and those individuals dearly, and we will continue working to end homelessness here."
The 2018 homeless census found 6,083 homeless individuals in Southern Nevada, which was a decrease of about 6.7 percent compared to 2017.
The homeless census is conducted over two days and nights in January with the help of hundreds of volunteers. The count is a requirement for federal grants for homeless programs. Southern Nevada received about $14 million from these grants in each of the past two years. The homeless census also provides key data indicating the need for such programs and provides a benchmark to measure regional efforts. For more information on homelessness in the community, visit www.helphopehome.org.
The totals for recent homeless censuses are: