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Producing a Roadmap for Helping Homeless Youth

The Las Vegas Valley has the second greatest rate of “unaccompanied, unsheltered homeless youth” amongst significant U.S. cities, and Nevada continues to have the highest rate of unsheltered homeless youth in the nation, according to researchers in the UNLV College of Urban Affairs.

While the problem is severe, the ways to counteract the concern are ending up being clearer.

UNLV’s researchers state the numbers, detailed in the 2017 Yearly Homeless Assessment Report by the Department of Real Estate and Urban Advancement and provided at the 2018 Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit Nov. 2, become part of a pattern of raised rates of unaccompanied homeless individuals under 25 years of ages across the west.

Those rates have social and financial effects for Nevada and its homeless youth, especially considering that most are over 18 and are eligible to become part of the labor force, stated Patricia Cook-Craig, associate teacher in the School of Public Policy and Leadership.

Cook-Craig presented findings from three Research in Short papers that might decrease the problem and detailed the impact those services would have on the estimated 2,100 homeless youths in Nevada.

” It’s not just that we want more services or more funding,” she stated. “We want to specify where we’re in fact avoiding the issue of youth homelessness from ever happening.”

The new Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness, a roadmap to deal with the concern established by a community-wide network called “The Movement,” is offered on the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s #BetheMovement website.

” It is necessary to understand the level of the issue,” stated Cook-Craig. “It’s important to utilize data moving forward to understand when we are innovating that the kinds of services we’re putting on the ground are in fact making the modification we need.”

The interdisciplinary research team included professors with expertise in criminal justice, social work, and public law. They collaborated with students and community members to take on 3 main concerns brought to them by the Nevada Collaboration for Homeless Youth. First, what is the economic cost of homelessness among youth in the area? Second, how do state and local laws affect that population? And finally, How does Nevada’s technique to the problem look like or differ from that of comparable states?

Important Information

Clark County has the second highest rate of unaccompanied, unsheltered youth in the nation, with only the San Jose/Santa Clara, California, area faring worse.
Labor force development concerns and the shortage of housing and shelter beds were popular reasons homeless youths dealt with obstacles in improving their futures.
Southern Nevada’s homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 18 earned about $3,600 to $4,800 less yearly than the typical regional youth. For homeless youth in between the ages of 19 and 24, that vary reaches between $13,400 and $14,800.
Without the economic contributions of homeless youth and the effect those earnings make on the local economy in the type of taxes, costs, etc., the scientists approximate Nevada has actually suffered a financial loss ranging from $23.5 million to $35.8 million. “These expense price quotes are based on the variety of youth year to year so if varieties of homeless youth decrease, the loss to Southern Nevada also decreases,” Cook-Craig stated. “The picture is this: There is an unbelievable cost for our youth, for our community since we are simply not preparing and we are not reacting to the needs homeless youth have.”

The Research in Short papers established by UNLV researchers require Nevada policymakers to attend to the concern through 5 new efforts.

The researchers recommend better tracking of homeless youth once they get in the help pipeline; more resources and improved interaction between state agencies; interaction between the state and its regional peers handling youth homelessness; programs to improve access to tasks; and campaigns to increase awareness among policymakers of laws that impact homeless youth.

Cook-Craig pointed out that policies such as curfew policies for all youth may be well-intentioned however can damage unsheltered homeless youth, who are at threat of legal repercussions for just being in the incorrect place at the incorrect time.

” There are a great deal of policies out there that homeless youth intersect with, however they’re not composed for homeless youth. They’re not about or for homeless youth, but it so happens they may impact positively or adversely a young adult who is homeless,” Cook-Craig stated.

About the Researchers

The annual summit was the result of an ongoing collaboration in between the College of Urban Affairs, Nevada Collaboration for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas Sands Corp., and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The group responded to the concerns in 3 different Research in Quick documents:

One of the documents examined how laws relating to truancy, healthcare, the juvenile justice system, education, and other locations impact homeless youth. The authors are faculty members Kathleen Bergquist (UNLV social work), Patricia Cook-Craig (School of Public Law and Leadership), William Sousa (department of criminal justice); Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Executive Director Arash Ghafoori, Hannah Nelson, a UNLV social work graduate student, and Melissa Jacobowitz, a graduate of the general public administration program from the School of Public Policy and Management.
The 2nd paper compares demographics, real estate schedule, wage info, and youth services throughout the significant U.S. cities with the highest and least expensive rates of youth homelessness. The authors are: Cook-Craig, Carlton Craig (School of Social Work), Ghafoori and Jacobowitz, and local high school student volunteer Katie Lim.
The final paper takes a look at the earnings space in between Southern Nevada’s homeless youth and other non-homeless youth. The paper analyzes the losses to the state in terms of tax profits and tasks when homeless youth face work and financial drawbacks. The professors authors are Jaewon Lim (School of Public Law and Management), Cook-Craig; Ghafoori and Jacobowitz, and Saba Manesh, a UNLV engineering trainee.

Homeless male passes out resumes rather of requesting for money; gets numerous job offers

(Meredith)– A homeless male in Mountain View, California stood at a hectic intersection giving out resumes, hoping someone would provide him a chance.

Now, 26-year-old David Casarez is supposedly sifting through hundreds of job offers.

A viral picture programs Casarez wearing a match and tie while holding up a sign that reads:”

HOMELESS. STARVING 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”Jasmine Scofield, a passerby who took the image, published it to Twitter on Friday where it accumulated more than 212,000 likes and 132,000 retweets.

Today I saw this young homeless guy asking for individuals to take a resume instead of requesting for money. If anybody in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be remarkable.

– Jasmine Scofield, @jaysc0 Twitter Casarez graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in management info systems and worked as a web developer for General Motors in Austin, Texas, the New York Post reported. He relocated to the Bay Location last September with dreams of launching a startup but rapidly lacked money. He likewise lost the vehicle he had been living in. Since then, he’s been sleeping in a park, inning accordance with regional outlet KNTV. Casarez stated all he desired was for somebody to discover his effort and offer him a chance.

“I knew it would be published on social networks. I didn’t understand it would blow up like this,” he stated. “I’m attempting not to take any money, I actually do just want a job opportunity, that’s all I’m asking.”

Inning accordance with KNTV, numerous tech business in the Bay Location have called him.

Scofield likewise tweeted that Casarez has actually received about 200 job provides from the similarity Google, Netflix, LinkedIn and numerous other companies across the country.

“I wished to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what chance would come next,” Casarez informed the Post. “I was thinking, you understand, like this resembled my last stop. If this didn’t work, I ‘d go back house and quit on my dream.”

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Report details vicious beating, rape of man near obvious homeless camp


Las Vegas Metro cops arrested a man who allegedly raped and violently beat a guy at a northeast Las Vegas homeless camp.

Johnny Sanchez, 31, was reserved into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of attempted murder and one count of sexual attack, according to prison records. Sanchez was accused as the wrongdoer in the rape and whipping of a male on July 4.

A police report said Sanchez told a witness he “eliminated a 14-year-old” as he strolled down the street near East Carey Opportunity and Mt. Hood Street. The witness called authorities and said Sanchez had blood all over his hands and shoes.

Multiple officers reacted to the call and found Sanchez in the 6000 block of Carlsbad Avenue at 1:51 p.m. He was wearing blue jeans, no shirt and had visible tattoos on his back. He was likewise carrying a black duffel bag, authorities said.

Sanchez started babbling inaudible declarations to cops without being asked to speak. Officers stated they later on analyzed his words after evaluating body video camera footage. Sanchez apparently mumbled, “I do not care, Devil gang,” and, “Don’t do that, I’m going to hit you up until you fall.”

Sanchez told police “a youngster remained in the alley” and consented to take them to the area in exchange for water. The victim was later recognized as a 25-year-old male.

At 2:40 p.m., officers discovered the victim at a homeless camp in the underpass of Sloan Lane and Judson Avenue. The guy was lying unconscious on the ground with a belt twisted around his neck and his body covered in blood. He appeared to have substantial injuries all over his body however particularly on his head. Authorities said he only had a shirt on.

The male was referred to as being 5’6″ high, about 140 pounds with a shaved head and groomed eyebrows.

Officers collected over 40 items as evidence at the scene including two utilized condoms with traces of blood.

He was transferred to University Medical Center in important condition. Medical personnel said the man had a nose fracture, damaged ribs, head injuries, a collapsed left lung, a jaw fracture, a ripped left ear lobe, indications of strangulation and a foreign metal item inside his skull in addition to internal hemorrhaging and several lacerations around his body, the report said. Nurses likewise added that the male had considerable injury to his rectum.

Sanchez was transported to the Northeast Area Command station for questioning where it was later identified he was not skilled adequate to talk with investigators.

Authorities said Sanchez was barely able to stand, was speaking with himself and to fictional people. Private investigators were able to swab parts of Sanchez’s body and take photographs after obtaining a warrant.

Sanchez was arranged to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on August 7 at 1:15 p.m.

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Charity event of the week: Nevada Collaboration For Homeless YOUTH

The non-profit Nevada Collaboration For Homeless Youth hosts its 9th yearly bowling charity event on June 9 at the Suncoast Hotel and Gambling Establishment. The occasion is separated into two areas “Superheroes By Day” from midday to 3 p.m. and “Vigilantes By Night” from 6 to 9 p.m. Ticket rates start at $30 per bowler beforehand and $35 the day of. The occasion is family-friendly and those who go to will receive endless bowling until the end of the event, food, beverages, a memento, image cubicle, gift bag and more. bowlathon.net/event/nphy-bowlathon-2018

Male in custody for shooting homeless guys in Las Vegas


Authorities have actually detained a man in connection with 4 shootings, that left 2 homeless males dead.

Joshua Castellon, 26, was apprehended on Feb. 16 by an unique agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Guns, Las Vegas cops stated in a release. Detectives with Las Vegas City cops on Tuesday filed a warrant for his arrest on 2 counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

In an interview, Homicide Lt. Dan McGrath stated a patrol officer stopped Castellon on Feb. 8, as he was oversleeping his car, for a field interview. He was not homeless but would occasionally oversleep his cars and truck, McGrath said.

Inning accordance with a criminal complaint, throughout the stop, Castellon told police he lived in a house but was too worn out to go inside. He also stated he was a driver for Lyft. Officers noted his clothing and lorry matched exactly what was seen in security video. Officers said they also kept in mind a small hole in the passenger floorboard. Castellon said the hole was made when a friend fired a shotgun inside the lorry.

The federal gun charge is linked to the shootings, McGrath said, and was connected to a recent purchase of a gun and ammo that is thought to be the murder weapon. No motive was revealed by Castellon since his arrest.

On Feb. 15, detectives gotten in touch with Castellon’s better half. She said he just recently opened a credit card with Very first Best Bank and she believed he acquired a gun. His better half said she saw the monitoring video and thought it was her spouse. She challenged him however he rejected that he was the individual in the video. Detectives also discovered Castellon acquired a weapon online and it was delivered to a federal firearms licensee who conducted the transfer to Castellon.

In a kind that is required to be submitted when a person purchases a gun from a federal gun licensee, Castellon suggested he was not buying the gun on behalf of another person. However, during an interview, Castellon said he obtained the weapon to resell it to another person that he identified as a “mutual friend” which offered it.

Police stated his admission provided possible cause to think that he “made an incorrect composed statement meant or most likely to deceive a federal firearms licensee, in infraction of federal law.”

Following the conclusion of the federal case, Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center, authorities said.

Cops previously this month stated the suspect shot an individual in the parking area of a gasoline station in Logandale on Jan. 29. A couple of hours later on, a second victim was shot and eliminated outside of a swap meet near Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

On Feb. 2, police stated a 68-year-old male was fatally shot in his sleep near 14th Street and U.S. 95. Cops said the shootings were random.

Anybody with any info about any of these occurrences, or anyone with security footage that may have caught the suspect or suspect automobile, was advised to call the LVMPD Homicide Area by phone at 702-828-3521 or by e-mail at [email protected] To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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Man in custody for shootings that killed two homeless guys in Las Vegas


Authorities have detained a man in connection with 4 shootings, that left 2 homeless men dead.

Joshua Castellon, 26, was apprehended on Feb. 16 by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Las Vegas authorities said in a release. Investigators with Las Vegas Metro cops on Tuesday filed a warrant for his arrest on 2 counts of murder and two counts of tried murder.

In an interview, Murder Lt. Dan McGrath stated a patrol officer stopped Castellon on Feb. 8, as he was sleeping in his vehicle, for a field interview. He was not homeless however would periodically sleep in his cars and truck, McGrath said.

The federal gun charge is linked to the shootings, McGrath stated, and was connected to a current purchase of a gun and ammo that is thought to be the murder weapon. No intention was revealed by Castellon since his arrest.

Following the conclusion of the federal case, Castellon will be scheduled into the Clark County Detention Center, authorities said.

Authorities previously this month stated the suspect shot an individual in the parking lot of a gas station in Logandale on Jan. 29. A few hours later, a 2nd victim was shot and killed outside of a swap meet near Rancho Drive and Washington Opportunity in Las Vegas.

On Feb. 2, police stated a 68-year-old guy was fatally shot in his sleep near 14th Street and U.S. 95. Authorities stated the shootings were random.

Anyone with any details about any of these occurrences, or anybody with surveillance video footage that might have recorded the suspect or suspect car, was prompted to get in touch with the LVMPD Murder Area by phone at 702-828-3521 or by email at [email protected] To remain confidential, contact Criminal activity Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the web at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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Homeless guy eliminated while oversleeping Las Vegas

Las Vegas Metro police released surveillance of the shooting death of a homeless man. (Source: LVMPD)
 Las Vegas City police launched monitoring of the shooting death of a homeless man. (Source: LVMPD) Las Vegas Metro authorities launched monitoring of the shooting death of a homeless man.( Source: LVMPD). LAS VEGAS (FOX5)-. Las Vegas Metro authorities stated they are looking for a guy who was captured on camera shooting a homeless man. Authorities stated on Friday at 4:16 a.m., video monitoring recorded a dark-colored sport energy automobile drive up and park near where the victim was discovered off North 14th Street and U.S. 95. The guy was seen walking up to the victim, who was sleeping at the time and shooting him. The suspect then ran back to the car and drove away.

” It was essentially an execution,” inning accordance with @LVMPD– Eric Hilt FOX5 (@ericmhilt)

February 3, 2018 Officers found the homeless male deceased under the bridge just after 10 a.m.

. The identity of the victim will later be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Anybody with details is advised to contact Metro’s Homicide Section at 702-8285-3521. To stay anonymous, call Criminal offense Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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City seeks responses in rash of violence against Las Vegas homeless


METRO POLICE This screen shot from surveillance video reveals a man shooting a homeless guy who was sleeping in downtown Las Vegas.

2018|8:45 p.m. Related news Editor’s note: The connected video consists of graphic violence that may be considered offensive. An elderly homeless male who was oversleeping downtown Las Vegas early Friday was killed execution-style, triggering City Cops to be on high alert and explore the possibility that his death is linked to a comparable slaying days earlier. “It’s a high level of violence involving a homeless individual who’s doing nothing but sleeping on the ground,” said City Lt. Dan McGrath about Friday’s shooting.” There’s no fight, there’s no argument, it’s essentially an execution. “Investigators are searching for a suspect, a thin male who stands about

6 feet, McGrath stated. On Friday, he used Dickies-style shorts, black Converse-style high-top sneakers and a coat. He drove a little, dark-colored SUV. A person who appeared to feed the victim, a black male in his 70s, discovered his body about 10 a.m. and summoned authorities to the location near the U.S. 95 bridge on 14th Street, near an apartment building, police said. The shooting, which happened about 4:15 a.m., was recorded on grainy video made public Friday afternoon. The shooter arrives, flips a U-turn and exits the vehicle.

He hesitantly approaches the guy, who is below a blanket. From close quarters, he crouches forward and fires two times. At least one struck the victim in the head, McGrath stated. He then hurries back into his cars and truck and drives south toward Marlin Avenue

prior to heading east, McGrath said. The modus operandi used Friday is similar to that of a suspect who fatally shot a

sleeping homeless male about 3 a.m. Monday outside the Rancho Discount Shopping Center in the 2900 block of Washington Avenue, near Rancho Drive, McGrath said. A current nonfatal shooting of a homeless guy near Washington Avenue and Veterans Boneyard might likewise be connected, McGrath said. The victim, who was shot in the face, might not offer essential details, but shooting emerged in the early-morning hours, just like the 2 killings. Investigators are awaiting forensic analysis to see if the exact same suspect is associated with the 3 shootings.” We cannot One Hundred Percent say they’re connected

, however there are some similarities, “McGrath stated. Other violent occurrences versus transients across the main valley likewise are being evaluated. City has actually implemented an “aggressive” strategy, increasing patrol officers and detectives near homeless populations. The firm is on high alert, and its management is being briefed

on the advancements. Within 24 hours, forensic analysis needs to shed light on the theory that the three shootings might be linked, Capt. Robert Plummer stated. Detectives on Friday afternoon were going door-to-door attempting to attract leads, McGrath said. Authorities are asking close-by homeowners with security systems to examine the footage. The FBI was helping City

in improving the monitoring video footage recuperated Friday, which was openly released after McGrath and Plummer spoke to press reporters. Friday’s was the 4th City homicide examination this year including

a homeless victim, the 3rd in less than a week. On Sunday, officers showing up to a gas station in the 4100 block of Paradise Roadway found a seriously

wounded male who had actually been stabbed during some sort of argument, cops stated. The company’s very first homicide examination of 2018 started Jan. 3, after the discovery of a decomposed body, which was found with blunt injuries and broken bones under a blanket at a west valley homeless camp. A Wednesday main valley nonfatal shooting of a homeless victim was likely not connected to the killings, McGrath stated. In December, a homeless man and woman were discovered shot to death behind a main valley swap meet. Police later jailed a male they stated shot. Inning accordance with his arrest report, Michael Thomspon told a neighbor that he ‘d killed Alfred Wilhelm because he disliked sex offenders and

Rhonda Ballow because he could not get her to leave in the past he opened fire. Early in 2015, two homeless guys, Daniel Aldape, 46, and David Dunn, 60, were bludgeoned to death as they slept not far from each other weeks apart in downtown Las Vegas. In a decoy operation where City Cops utilized a mannequin covered with blankets, Shane Schindler smashed the doll with a hammer before he was arrested.

In the event, which garnered national attention, Schindler preserved his innocence, stating he knew he ‘d targeted a mannequin. He was later on convicted of attempted murder for targeting the doll. Anybody with information is asked to contact Metro at 702-828-3521 or through email at [e-mail safeguarded] To stay confidential, contact Criminal offense Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at crimestoppesrofnv.com.

Taking On Homeless Youth Issue Through Collaboration

Living beneath bridges, sleeping surprise atop school bleachers, and moving from couch to couch at pals’ houses, homeless youths constitute a growing market nationally, and their scenarios are contributing to exactly what UNLV teachers have called an awful crisis in Southern Nevada.

The first Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit at the Venetian on Nov. 2 enabled specialists from numerous disciplines to come together to resolve the issue of the deepening youth homelessness crisis, producing a plan for steps Southern Nevada can take to combat it.

The occasion, which was an action towards the formation of a strategy to be presented at next year’s conference, is just a portion of the brand-new motion to end youth homelessness locally as a partnership between the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, the Nevada Collaboration for Homeless Youth (NPHY), Sands Cares– the business giving program of Las Vegas Sands Corp., and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

” The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs’ objective is to establish ingenious options to urban problems,” stated Dean Robert Ulmer, who recruited faculty and personnel within the college to assist in the effort. “We are delighted to partner with Las Vegas Sands and NPHY to develop creative and collaborative options to eradicate youth homelessness in Southern Nevada. We understand that no one group or company can resolve this problem alone.”

College of Urban Affairs faculty and personnel were among the attendees and speakers at the conference, which offered participants ranging from instructors to property experts the possibility to talk about local resources, financing strategies, and partnerships that could fight the rising pattern in local youth homelessness. Student volunteers from the School of Social Work, the School of Public Law and Management, and the department of communication studies assisted facilitate summit activities.

Seeking Long-Term Solutions

The term “crisis” is a common descriptor of the uphill battle dealing with local governments and outreach organizations across the country as they attempt to find long-lasting, stable housing for youth without permanent shelter. The word is echoed in a first-of-its-kind research study quick on Southern Nevada youth homelessness crafted by a group of Urban Affairs professors and team member.

The white paper, “The State of Homelessness in Southern Nevada,” underscores the severity of the issue in the Silver State and allows a special general assessment of Nevada’s battle: The state ranks first in the rate of unsheltered unaccompanied youth across the country and 4th in the overall number of unaccompanied homeless youth. Federal officials say more than 1,600 unaccompanied youth were counted in Nevada in 2016. Those youths face a variety of threats from food and real estate insecurity to physical hazards on the street. Homeless youth who are undocumented homeowners of the country, identify as LGBTQ, or have been victims of sex trafficking are at even greater danger.

Amongst the required steps to get the youths into long-term homes are taking down barriers to information sharing and capturing homeless youths before they fail the cracks, according to regional specialists. Information silos avoid cooperation in between agencies that could collaborate to recognize and house homeless youth.

” What does it cost? easier could that battle be if we interact? That’s what is necessary,” stated Jennifer Guthrie, assistant professor in the department of interaction research studies and a co-author of the research paper. “We know coordinated neighborhood reactions have actually worked to attend to other concerns, and this is how they start.”

The conference guests discussed the value of partnerships to minimize expenses, offer youths with housing alternatives that satisfy their requirements, address health or other problems, and improve coordination.

Overwhelming Need

Patricia Cook-Craig, a paper co-author and associate teacher in the School of Public Policy and Management, formerly has actually studied associated to social assistance networks of homeless families.

” The need is frustrating the resources. In order for modification to be significant, it needs to be well planned,” she stated, “That’s a task in and of itself. We speak about homeless youth as if they are a consistent group, however they’re not.”

Cook-Craig emphasized that increasing cooperation between local firms and outreach groups assists to make sure homeless youth understand resources, especially if they are transient. It likewise aids government and law enforcement in recognizing homeless individuals and putting them in touch with support networks, and it provides a method for firms to share program ideas along with physical products like spare clothing or food to reduce costs.

Those are ideas she and her Urban Affairs colleagues hope to explore even more as they search for solution-driven ways to deal with the issue.

” I don’t know how to arrange my scholastic life without knowing that I’m making a difference,” Cook-Craig said. “Whatever I do is assisted by that. Remaining in a college that comprehends that, having a dean who supports that, is very fulfilling.”

About the Report

The State of Homelessness in Southern Nevada,” a report presented at the summit is offered online and was co-authored by:

Patricia Cook-Craig, associate professor in the School of Public Law and Leadership
Jennifer Guthrie, assistant teacher in the department of communication research studies
William Sousa, associate teacher in the department of criminal justice
Carlton Craig, director of the School of Social Work
Michael Bruner, chair of the department of communication research studies
Judy Tudor; child welfare training specialist in the School of Social Work
Jessica Word, associate teacher in the School of Public Law and Leadership
Melissa Jacobowitz, a graduate of the general public administration program in the School of Public Law and Leadership.