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Flip Side of Glitz: Homelessness Gets a Look in Downtown Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A campus of homeless services, a place for street-dwellers to store belongings, and a mental health hub are some of the ideas being floated to curb chronic homelessness in downtown Las Vegas.

Dozens of people turned out for a recent brainstorming session to consider a redesign of a several-square-block downtown area dubbed the “homeless corridor.”

It’s where facilities including the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and shelters are concentrated, with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission a short walk away.

The talk was about increased lighting, pathways to shelters and food kitchens, a clinic where people could receive quick medical care or mental health assessments — even bathrooms like ones on the streets in Amsterdam.

Rick Van Diepen, the conference host, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the idea is to get really inventive.

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