Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the shocking photos of their pathetic excuse of homeless accommodation, right next to their empty hotels and casinos.
Homelessness is a major issue in our country.
via: GettyWith the current economic climate making it harder for people to keep up with their rent, the issue is getting truly out of hand.
On a single given night here in the States, over half a million people sleep on the streets.
via: GettyAnd, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in January 2018, 552,830 people were counted as homeless.
But we aren't the only ones with this problem.
via: Getty ImagesNational reports have shown that over 2% of the world's population is homeless. If that had to be converted into a solid figure, it would range between 150-160 million people.
And, shockingly, these reports also disclose that twenty percent of the world's population lacks adequate housing.
via: GettyThat equates to almost 1.6 billion people.
And, while it may be easy to assume that homeless people simply got themselves in their unfortunate positions...
via: GettyIt is important to remember that many find themselves being forced onto the streets through no fault of their own.
Many are fleeing from abusive homes...
via: GettyAnd others, with little or no support network at all, can find themselves sleeping rough through a series of unfortunate events.
All that homeless people need is a chance.
via: Getty ImagesYet, sadly, very few are willing to give it to them.
And, in dark and troubling times like these...
via: GettyHomeless people need the support and kindness of strangers more than ever before.
As most of you will be aware, we are the midst of a medical pandemic.
via: GettyCOVID-19 has been sweeping the planet at an alarming rate, and it is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
As a result of the deadly virus, people have been advised to avoid contact with others...
via: GettyAnd many countries, including us here in the states, have imposed full lockdowns while instructing citizens to self-isolate at home.
But what about those who don't have homes?
via: GettyWhile the majority of American's quarantine themselves within their houses, our thoughts can't help but stray to those who are homeless.
Homeless people are now more vulnerable than ever before.
via: GettyOur deserted streets now mean that those who rely on the kindness and generosity of strangers to simply eat and find warm shelter are now at risk of starving out in the cold.
And, on top of this, they are dangerously exposed to the potentially deadly virus...
via: GettyAnd our President is doing absolutely nothing about it.
Kind-hearted volunteers have been working tirelessly to find a solution for the homeless...
via: GettyAcross the country, make-shift shelters and hospitals have been erected in an attempt to properly care for our homeless citizens.
But, in Las Vegas, things have gotten completely out of hand.
via: GettyVegas' Catholic Charities Homeless Shetler has long served as the most reliable source of shelter and accommodation for the city's homeless. But, after a resident tested as positive for COVID-19 last week, they had to evacuate.
500 people have now been left with nowhere to stay.
via: GettyHundreds of residents were left to frantically find themselves new accommodation but, with other shelters already full, their efforts were to no avail.
But now, the Las Vegas City Hall has offered their solution.
via: GettyThe city has come forward and offered a parking lot to shelter their homeless residents... Despite the fact that many of their hotels and casinos remain empty and available.
This embarrassing excuse of a "shelter" is to remain open until the end of the week...
Due to the closure of Catholic Charities, we are joining with @CityOfLasVegas & area homeless providers to set up a… https://t.co/ExpXf6Qe1u— Clark County Nevada (@Clark County Nevada)1585429916.0
Volunteers and students pitched in to try and make the shelter as comfortable as possible...
via: GettyThe make-shift accommodation is made up of 24,000 square feet with sleeping mats and lines painted on the floor to ensure they stay 6 feet apart.
The photos are simply shocking.
via: GettyA parking lot should not be classed as accommodation. Period.
These people do not deserve this.
via: GettyAnd, to make matters even worse, the carpet laid down by volunteers was removed, meaning that the shelter's residents are now forced to sleep on the concrete floor.
Understandably, people are completely outraged.And many have slammed the city's governors as "disgusting" for their blatant carelessness over the situation.
These people have had their human rights stripped from them...
@ClarkCountyNV @CityOfLasVegas So @CityOfLasVegas this is the best you can come up with as a "shelter"? Blue tarps… https://t.co/YB55jnJ7M0— Kym (@Kym)1585623144.0
Things need to change.
via: GettyLet's get our citizens the accommodation and shelter they deserve. To read more about how the homeless have been coping throughout this pandemic, keep scrolling to hear about the volunteers giving out care packages to various homeless communities...