Feb. 22, 2013 - The homeless are so numerous here you can’t drive past without being reminded that many in the Las Vegas Valley are paycheck away from a similar fate.
The intersection of Foremaster Lane and Main Street has always been known as a hub for the homeless due to nearby services.
For local government, the cluster of destitute has mostly presented an impossible issue — how to stem the growing tide of homeless, many of them military veterans who brought home a variety of mental or physical ailments from the world of warfare.
Yet even here, there exists a haven. A hope. And some signals of change.
This week, Maria Cuomo Cole, chairwoman of the board of HELP USA — which her brother, Andrew, helped found in 1986 to aid New York’s homeless — toured the 3-year-old Renaissance Apartments. There, in a complex of buildings at the southwest corner of Foremaster and Main, HELP USA has 50 permanent apartments for veterans and their families. (It’s the fourth building USA HELP assisted in building; the first building has since been turned over to Catholic Charities.) read more>>>