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Fremont Street motel turning into bridge housing for homeless

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A run-down motel on East Fremont Street is turning into bridge housing for homeless individuals, Clark County announced this week.

The "bridge" will provide housing for up to 90 days between a shelter or the street to permanent housing. 

The ongoing renovations of Safari Motel, 2001 E. Fremont Street, will turn the property into "BETterment Community." They'll provide counseling, employment assistance and other programs and services. 

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It's expected to serve 46 clients a time, or up to 184 each year. Eligible clients will be homeless adults without children, the country said.

Clients are expected to move in this summer. 

The county is contracted with U.S. Vets to operate the program, which is modeled after similar programs for veterans. About 80% of those served in the veteran program since 2001 transitioned to permanent housing.

Clark County allocated $4 million to fund the program for two years, but it can be extended an additional three years. 

“This program will provide temporary housing and the necessary support services to help people get off the streets,” said Commissioner William McCurdy II, whose district includes the former motel, in a news release. “It is important for us to support programs that provide real and tested solutions to homelessness.”

Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the online editor for Nevada Public Radio. She oversees and writes State of Nevada’s online and social media content.