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    Las Vegas moved hundreds of homeless people to sleep 6 feet from each other in a park

    Las Vegas moved hundreds of homeless people to sleep 6 feet from each other in a parking lot after their shelter was hit by the coronavirus


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    Business Insider March 31, 2020, 7:58 AM EDT









    Homeless people sleep in a temporary parking lot shelter at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 30, 2020.Steve Marcus/Reuters



    • A homeless shelter in Las Vegas closed after a man living there tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
    • The shelter moved hundreds of its occupants to a temporary makeshift shelter in the parking lot of the Cashman Center, which is usually used for large conventions or sports games.
    • Photos of homeless people sleeping six feet apart, in white boxes painted on the ground, drew widespread criticism, including from former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro.
    • A local coordinator said the center was being used as a makeshift coronavirus hospital, and the shelter will reopen within the week, according to CNN.
    • Many people pointed out that the homeless people were sleeping in the parking lot while Las Vegas hotels were empty.
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    Las Vegas authorities moved 500 homeless people into a parking lot over the weekend after a shelter was forced to close over a positive coronavirus case.


    The facility operated by the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, which was housing hundreds of people, had to shut down after one resident tested positive for coronavirus last week.


    As a result, county officials set up a temporary makeshift shelter in the parking lot of the Cashman Center, which normally houses a convention space and a sports field.


    Around a dozen medical students from the nearby Touro University helped officials set up the center and screened incoming guests by taking their temperatures, CNN reported.


    Photos show homeless people sleeping in white-marked boxes on the ground, which were drawn six feet apart in line with federal social distancing guidelines.








    Homeless people get settled in a makeshift shelter at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas on March 30, 2020.Steve Marcus/Reuters


    Volunteers had previously planned to lay out a large carpet to create sleeping mats, but this was later removed when officials found it too difficult to disinfect, CNN reported.


    "We found that it was very difficult to disinfect and clean," David Riggleman, communications director for the City of Las Vegas, told CNN.


    "We had asked for sleeping mats, which we use at the Courtyard [another homeless shelter] and that can be disinfected easily. But there were none to be had."








    A blue mat has been placed on the parking lot of the Cashman Center in Las Vegas on March 28, 2020.


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    Pictures of the new sleeping arrangements drew criticism on social media.


    "Las Vegas is putting homeless people in parking lots while the city's hotels are completely empty," one person, named Stone, tweeted. "For some reason, this photo sums up for me everything that is wrong with this country & its response to the COVID-19 crisis."


    Julián Castro, former Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted: "After criminalizing homelessness this year, Las Vegas is now packing people into concrete grids out of sight."


    Riggleman told CNN that the inside of the Cashman Center itself could not be used as a shelter because it was being reserved for additional hospital space.









    Homeless people register with volunteers at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas on March 30, 2020.Steve Marcus/Reuters


    Jace Radke, a spokesman for the city of Las Vegas, said that the district will be screening anybody who may have come into contact with the homeless man who tested positive, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal.


    Homelessness continues to be a problem in Southern Nevada, with at least 6,500 people living on the streets or in underground storm tunnels at any given time, The Guardian reported.


    As of March 31, Nevada has more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to The Guardian.


    Riggleman expects the homeless shelter to reopen within the week, at which point the temporary parking lot shelter will close.


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been advising major cities like San Francisco to leave people living on the streets during the coronavirus outbreak if shelters cannot meet social distancing guidance.


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    Sickening. Dump American citizens on the hard asphalt parking lots while our rotten government spends BILLIONS of our dollars on refugees, asylum liars, TPS, and illegal aliens who are not our citizens and have no right to come to our country.

    Illegal aliens crying and whining about detention centers where they have a bed, a toilet, a shower, food, internet, toys, medical care, television sets, books, and movies to watch with basketball courts.

    Shut down all these damn programs paying for these foreigners who have no right to come here! Start taking care of our homeless, our seniors, our low income citizens.

    It is expensive to live here, we need affordable housing. We cannot continue to ALLOW over 5 million people a year to come here, under dozens of visa and refugee programs, to take our jobs, our housing, and our social services programs that they NEVER paid a dime into.

    And stop allowing foreigners to buy up our real estate! Let them lease only, so we have a means to break those leases and boot them out of the country.

    These illegal aliens and DACA have taken over Vegas, taken jobs, and they will not hire American's. These businesses need to be fined to the full extent of the law for hiring these people.

    They take over entire neighborhoods and stuff 20 people into one home. Get on every free program they can get, live cheap, and send their billions back over the border and not spend on our economy.

    End birthright citizenship now! The next powder keg that will destroy this country.
    TO BECOME AN AMERICAN YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR VALUES ...NOT YOUR LOCATION

    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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