Homeless working Nevadans have a hard job

By  Michael Lyle

December 5, 2018

Lou Lacey, who heads the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team with HELP of Southern Nevada, says having a population of people who are homeless yet still employed is nothing new. “It appears to be a trend to have people who are employed but don’t have stable housing,” he says. “We have a housing shortage and the cost housing is going up, which are all contributing factors.”

By the most recent estimate, more than 6,000 people are homeless in Southern Nevada. The overwhelming majority of them, an estimated 88 percent, are unemployed, according to the 2018 Southern Nevada Homeless Census. Another 7 percent reported being retired, and roughly 2 percent reported they were either self-employed, had seasonal work or were a student.

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