LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas is trying to make it easier for homeless people to access their appointments with social service agencies by instituting a new shuttle service, called The arrow.
Buses run in a continuous loop between the Homeless Resource Center and the Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, State Welfare Department and Employment Services. Margaret Kurtz, spokesperson for the city, said it was an extension of the free bus service for tourists and workers on the Strip.
“This has been expanded to specifically target the people of Homeless Courtyard,” she said, “so that they can have the resources they need to be no longer homeless.”
Traditionally, cities have given people facing homelessness a bus pass, in the hope that they can navigate the system. The Arrow operates on a specific schedule and also takes people back and forth for evening meals to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, the city’s community resource manager, said the new service has been a big success in its first weeks of operation.
“The response has been really, really great,” she said, “not only for the customers who use the service, but also for our community partners who can also provide their customers with services and appointments.” .
Data from the city of Las Vegas shows that Courtyard Homelessness Center served 6,500 clients from July to June. They also gave Greyhound tickets to 900 people and tied 220 people to housing. In addition, the courtyard is construction of a wellness center who will provide medical services.
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