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Promises of riches and dreams of wild excess define the Las Vegas experience for millions of visitors each year. While this diamond-studded hope fuels tourism, everyday life in southern Nevada often looks quite a bit bleaker. The Great Recession sliced through much of the nation, but its cut starkly divided the haves and have-nots in our valley. Through the voices of the valley's poor, 8 News NOW set out to explore the region's poverty epidemic.

  • One in Nine - Poverty in NevadaMore>>

  • Report: Suburban Poverty Outpaced Urban Poverty in Vegas

    Report: Suburban Poverty Outpaced Urban Poverty in Las Vegas

    Monday, May 20 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:39:41 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increasedMore>>
    While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increased faster in the suburbs than elsewhere.More>>
  • 1 in 9: Harsh Living Conditions Abound at Shade Tree Shelter

    1 in 9: Harsh Living Conditions Abound at Shade Tree Shelter

    Thursday, May 9 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-10 00:48:30 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Las Vegas' Shade Tree shelter took in 5,000 women and children last year. Donations are down, employees have been laid off and demand for services has spiked, creating an impactMore>>
    More than a dozen women who once stayed inside the shelter spoke with 8 News NOW about the unsanitary and cramped conditions found at Shade Tree. Most were afraid to speak publicly about the conditions, lest they lose their bed.More>>
  • Henderson Family Makes Ends Meet on $14K a Year

    Henderson Family Makes Ends Meet on $14K a Year

    Thursday, May 9 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-09 17:39:47 GMT
    A henderson family is proof you don't need to spend a lot of money to be happy. They are proud of the fact that they live on just 14-thousand dollars a year. 8 news now anchor paul joncich is here toMore>>
    A henderson family is proof you don't need to spend a lot of money to be happy. They are proud of the fact that they live on just 14-thousand dollars a year. 8 news now anchor paul joncich is here toMore>>
  • 1 in 9: The Poor of Las Vegas

    1 in 9: The Poor of Las Vegas

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-08 03:33:08 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- For millions of visitors, Las Vegas means excess, glamour, anything goes -- and, of course, free-flowing cash. But for some who call the valley home -- the poor and indigent -- Las Vegas representsMore>>
    Quantifying the valley's poverty problem can be difficult. To get a sense of its reality, step outside your home and count nine front doors. Behind one of those doors, statistics tell us someone is living in poverty.More>>
  • 1 in 9: Single Father Lifts Family Out of Homelessness

    1 in 9: Single Father Lifts Family Out of Homelessness

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-08 03:32:38 GMT
    Sherwood Wade-El sits on the full-size bed in the weekly apartment he is renting for himself and his four children. His son d'Artagnan (named after a Musketeer) kneels on the floor, using the bed as aMore>>
    Sherwood Wade-El sits on the full-size bed in the rented weekly apartment he and his four children call home for now. His youngest son d'Artagnan -- a name borrowed from The Three Musketeers -- kneels on the floor, using the bed as a makeshift desk, while reading a math problem aloud.More>>
  • 1 in 9: Homeless, Hopeless and Dying Alone

    1 in 9: Homeless, Hopeless and Dying Alone

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-08 03:32:10 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Truck driver Randall Clary moved to Las Vegas on a promise of work hauling rocks from job sites. When Clary arrived, that promise vanished. No job, no home and little hope. "I just basicallyMore>>
    Truck driver Randall Clary moved to Las Vegas on a promise of work hauling rocks from job sites. When Clary arrived, that promise vanished. No job, no home and little hope.More>>
  • I-Team: Dozens Turn Out Daily for Free Meal

    I-Team: Dozens Turn Out Daily for Free Meal

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:00 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:00:14 GMT
    The divide between the haves and have nots in southern nevada has swelled during the great recession. One in nine families is living below the poverty line… on less than 24 thousand dollars a year. ForMore>>
    One in nine families is living below the poverty line on less than $24,000 a year. For many, it's not enough to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.More>>
  • Young and Homeless in Las Vegas

    Young and Homeless in Las Vegas

    Thursday, December 27 2012 2:11 PM EST2012-12-27 19:11:11 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- An alarming number of young people are living on the streets of Las Vegas. Sometimes they sleep under bridges and use the casino restrooms as their personal wash-rooms. Homeless since heMore>>
    Homeless youth advocates estimate there are thousands of homeless youth on the streets of Las Vegas. Anchor Paul Joncich spent the day with one young homeless man to see what he endures on a daily basis.More>>
  • For Homeless, Phone Call Home Offers Hope

    For Homeless, Phone Call Home Offers Hope

    Thursday, December 6 2012 9:54 PM EST2012-12-07 02:54:53 GMT
    A man makes a free call to find a way home. A man makes a free call to find a way home.
    LAS VEGAS -- While many people are planning holiday vacations, people living on the streets are without resources to go anywhere. But for one man who is homeless, a long distance phone call changed everything.More>>
    While many people are planning holiday vacations, people living on the streets are without resources to go anywhere.More>>
  • Outreach Program Prepares Homeless Kids for School

    Outreach Program Prepares Homeless Kids for School

    Outreach Program Prepares Homeless Kids for School

    Tuesday, August 21 2012 7:10 PM EDT2012-08-21 23:10:25 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- When school starts on Monday, more than 6,000 students in the Clark County School District will be classified as homeless. That number is double what it was five years ago. The kids liveMore>>
    When school starts on Monday, more than 6,000 students in the Clark County School District will be classified as homeless. That number is double what it was five years ago.More>>
  • Census Survey Shows Poverty Up in Clark County

    Census Survey Shows Poverty Up in Clark County

    Monday, July 23 2012 7:41 PM EDT2012-07-23 23:41:31 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- The Great Recession that caused double-digit unemployment and record home foreclosure levels in Southern Nevada also sharply drove up the area's poverty rate. Census Bureau data for 2010,More>>
    The Great Recession that caused double-digit unemployment and record home foreclosure levels in southern Nevada also sharply drove up the area's poverty rate.More>>
  • Cost of Dying Places Financial Burden on Families

    Cost of Dying Places Financial Burden on Families

    Tuesday, February 26 2013 7:00 PM EST2013-02-27 00:00:53 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Not only does death have an emotional impact on families, it also has a financial one. It's the reason why Clark County is dealing with an increasing number of bodies going unclaimed by families.More>>
    Not only does death have an emotional impact on families, it also has a financial one which is causing more families to seek county assistance when it comes to burials and cremations.
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  • Shelters Full, Homeless Face Freezing Nights

    Shelters Full, Homeless Face Freezing Nights

    Friday, May 3 2013 11:27 PM EDT2013-05-04 03:27:58 GMT
    Sonja Nissen and her son walk into the Shade Tree shelter after being given a bed for the night.Sonja Nissen and her son walk into the Shade Tree shelter after being given a bed for the night.
    LAS VEGAS -- Sonja Nissen and her 9-year-old son, Jordan, arrived 25 minutes too late. Hoping for a warm place to spend the night, the homeless mother was turned away from the Shade Tree winter shelterMore>>
    Hoping for a warm place to spend the night, the homeless mother was turned away from the Shade Tree winter shelter on a cold December night because all 25 cots had already been claimed.More>>
  • Community Pride Economic Resource Guide

    Community Pride Economic Resource Guide

    Southern Nevada continues to face economic hardship from the severe recession that swept the nation beginning in 2007. Unemployment rates in the state have fallen from their peak but remain among the highestMore>>
    Southern Nevada continues to face economic hardship from the severe recession that swept the nation beginning in 2007. There are dozens of agencies and other resources available for people in need. Inside, find the 8NewsNOW.com Resource Guide.More>>
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  • BREAKING NEWS: DA changes witness payment policy

    BREAKING NEWS: DA changes witness payment policy

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:06 GMT
    The Clark County District Attorney's Office announced changes to its witnesses assistance fund in an effort to be more transparent.More>>
    The Clark County District Attorney's Office announced changes to its witnesses assistance fund in an effort to be more transparent.More>>
  • Bail set at $70k for driver in fatal I-15 crash

    Bail set at $70k for driver in fatal I-15 crash

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:59:41 GMT
     Bail was set at $70,000 for Wendy Carrion who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash on I-15 that killed her 9-year-old niece.More>>
     Bail was set at $70,000 for Wendy Carrion who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash on I-15 that killed her 9-year-old niece.More>>
  • Lawsuit filed against AZ gun range pointed out safety concerns

    Lawsuit filed against AZ gun range pointed out safety concerns

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:35:30 GMT
    A shooting instructor was killed when a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him with an Uzi she was shooting at the Bullets and Burgers gun range in Dolan Springs.More>>
    A shooting instructor was killed when a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him with an Uzi she was shooting at the Bullets and Burgers gun range in Dolan Springs.More>>
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