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Sep 18, 2019

The City Council reviewed research about the cost of homelessness in Nevada. Learn more about how our team continues their work to break the cycle of homelessness. 

Homelessness has declined

Homelessness peaked during 2009 at 49,000 in Clark County. In 2019, This year, 13,000 people are estimated to be homeless.  Research indicates that homelessness is highly related to how the economy is going.

Nevada is the eighth worst state for homelessness

Nevada has 25 homeless individuals for every 100,000 residents. The state with the highest rate of homelessness, New York, has 47 homeless individuals for every 100,000 residents. 

Nevada has low inventory of affordable housing

Nevada is ranked as one of the states with the lowest availability of low-income housing with 15 rental homes available for every 100 residents. 

Homelessness costs average $25,492 per homeless individual annually

The average cost of homelessness is estimated to be $25,492 per homeless individual across the country. Clark County’s middle estimate for each homeless person annually is $39,510.

Homelessness is projected to cost $1.1 billion annually by 2039 in Las Vegas

At present, the estimated cost across the community (public and private sources) is approximately $369 million. That base scenario cost estimate is expected to increase to $731 billion annually by 2024 and $1.1 billion annually by 2039.