LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — City of Las Vegas announced Saturday that they will set up a temporary shelter for the homeless on the upper parking lot of Cashman Center.
In recent days, officials were discussing the possibility of using Cashman Field as a location to help continue the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center’s mission, a spokesman told 8 News Now on Thursday.
After a Catholic Charities’ client tested positive for COVID-19, the shelter closed, and the Courtyard stepped up to assist with those in need.
The temporary shelter will open Saturday night and run until April 3. It will operate from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. The city says it anticipates the Catholic Charities homeless shelter in the Corridor of Hope to reopen in the meantime.
The shelter at Cashman will be for homeless individuals who are able to walk to the site from the Courtyard. The city say that those with fragile health or mobility problems will still be accommodated at the Courtyard.
The county and city says they will do an additional expansion onto the Cashman site to allow for greater social distancing.
“The city wants to make this site available because we know the obligation we have to help ease the overflow at the Homeless Courtyard.”Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said.
The city says it is reserving the building spaces at Cashman Center for potential hospital overflow should the community require it.
The city noted the Courtyard is still open and had 565 people helping shoulder the load.