Homeless in Southern Nevada
By GiGi Simmons, LCSW
According to the 2017 Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey, more than 24,900 families with children, couples, and individuals of all ages experienced homelessness at some point. One might ask, what factors were associated with such staggering numbers of homelessness. The leading cause of homelessness for the approximately 32 percent of unaccompanied children and youth (under 24 years old) include: being kicked out of the house, emotional abuse and financial issues at home. Over 13 percent of those experiencing homelessness during the Point-In-Time (PIT) count were considered victims of domestic violence. Mental illness, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were reported by 76 percent of the homeless surveyed. Additionally, 74.5 percent experienced one or more disabling conditions
In 2017, 67 percent of those experiencing homelessness, were unsheltered. They lived on the street, in encampments, cars, and other places not meant for human habitation. Only 33 percent of the homeless population were sheltered.