Shine a Light

Former CityLife Editor (and friend) Matt O’Brien is doing some amazing work with the homeless community living in the tunnels under Las Vegas. You may know of his book, Beneath the Neon, which explores this topic in great depth. (It’s even been featured on CNN’s AC360 and Dateline!) Recently, he has partnered with HELP of Southern Nevada to create an outreach organization, which helps match homeless people to services/goods they need to move into stable lives and housing, called Shine a Light.

Here’s some details from his blog from Oct. 6:

It’s been six months since HELP of Southern Nevada and I co-founded Shine a Light – a charity organization that helps the hundreds of men and women living in the underground flood channels of Las Vegas – so I figured I’d give you all a quick update. We’ve met and offered services to more than 100 people, got paperwork on about 35 (who are now on file) and housed and treated about 15. We’ve also helped people get IDs, food stamps, medical treatment and we’ve rescued a few animals.

The staff of HELP of Southern Nevada – led by Rich Penksa – and its affiliated organizations, including Straight from the Streets, Mojave Mental Health and WestCare, do incredible work! It’s been amazing to watch them take people from the tunnels and turn their lives around.

For more information on Shine a Light, visit

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