Nearly $3M from marijuana directed to homeless youth – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nearly $3 million in marijuana business license fees will be used to support housing for young people experiencing homelessness in Clark County.

The commission agreed on Tuesday to provide the funds to three organizations, with each expected to help pay for 30 beds for homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24, according to the county.

HELP of Southern Nevada will receive about $1 million; Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth will get nearly $1 million; and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will receive close to $900,000, county documents show.

The funding for providing transitional housing includes rental and financial assistance, case management and supportive services.

The county has been using marijuana business license fees to address homelessness since January 2019.

King receives high praise from commissioners

County Manager Yolanda King on Tuesday underscored how difficult it has been this year to respond to a pandemic while keeping the county’s day-to-day operations on track.

But county lawmakers were unabashedly certain that she had performed well as the leader of an organization employing nearly 10,000 workers between 38 departments.

“You’re probably the best county manager in the country,” Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “Steady hand, with not a lot of emotion because it keeps us going.”

Other commissioners delivered similar praise for King, the top administrator in the county since December 2016, who was due for an annual review on Tuesday. Unlike last year, when King received a 6 percent bonus, the compliments were not accompanied by any financial reward.

“To say that 2020 has been a challenging year is quite frankly an understatement,” King said, but later added: “During this time I have witnessed the best of public service, more so than I ever have witnessed in my (32-year) career here with Clark County.”

King offered credit to the senior

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