Las Vegas Marking Parking Places For Homeless Encampment

People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless Monday, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP) – Homeless people in Las Vegas have been directed to sleep in rectangles painted on the pavement in a makeshift parking lot camp as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It’s a move that is stirring outrage by some on social media.

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro suggested in a post on Twitter that the city’s homeless should be temporarily places in empty hotel rooms.

Officials said they decided to temporarily place the homeless in a parking lot of a multi-use facility rather than inside a stadium, a theater, exhibit space and meeting rooms, because officials planned to reserve them for potential hospital overflow

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