According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, as of January 1st, 2019, there were 7,169 homeless people in Nevada. The National Coalition for Homeless, The Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Administration estimated that 38% of the homeless population were dependent on alcohol and 26% were dependent on drugs. Meaning that 2,724 Nevada homeless individuals were alcohol dependent, and 1,864 were drug dependent as of January 1st, 2019.
Rehab is expensive, an outpatient detox program ranges from $1,000 – $1,500, a thirty-day inpatient program can cost between $6,000 and $75,000. A three-month outpatient program at Hazelden Betty Ford, costs $10,000. Medication for a year-long methadone treatment for heroin addiction costs $4,700. Obviously, the majority of the homeless population does not have the resources for these programs.
Nevada, Las Vegas, in particular, has a homelessness problem that lacks the requisite programs to address the underlying issues. Alcohol and drug dependence among the homeless is prevalent, and the cost of treatment is not within reach. Restoring Rancho will attempt to correct a small portion of the current homelessness and drug and alcohol problem in our community.
Restoring Rancho will begin with a small demonstration project located in the Rancho Towne and Country Shopping Center, located at 850 S Rancho Drive, Las Vegas 89106. Restoring Rancho will place No Panhandling signs throughout the parking lot and storefronts. After the signs have been placed the homeless who continue to panhandle will be approached by Restoring Rancho volunteers and provided with two options. The first option provided is for police to be called and to remove them by a police car. The second option will provide them the opportunity for a hot shower, three meals, and an alcohol and drug assessment. After the assessment, appropriate rehab options will be made available to them at no cost.
The result of Restoring Rancho will be two-fold. The first is providing a community safety effort for the Rancho Towne and Country shopping center. The second, a small portion of the homeless population will take advantage of this free service being offered to them and become contributing members of society. The belief is the Rancho Towne and Country shopping will be clear of panhandlers within one year.