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Las Vegas Veterans Village to change name, add services

December 25, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Veterans Village has announced plans to add 150 affordable units to the Nevada housing community and change its name to SHARE Village Las Vegas.

The master-planned community will also be opened to non-veterans, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday.

The nonprofit organization had already been planning to expand the affordable housing community, and a fatal fire accelerated the timeline, Veterans Village founder and President Arnold Stalk said.

Six people died and 13 were injured Saturday in a fire at Alpine Motel Apartments. A Las Vegas Fire Department official said the blaze was the deadliest in the city’s history.

In addition to those killed or injured, 30 to 35 residents were displaced from their homes and were assisted by the American Red Cross. Five of the 13 injured were initially listed in critical condition, including a pregnant woman.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appeared to have originated at a stove. There was no evidence of criminal activity, the fire department said.

After the Alpine Motel fire, Stalk wanted to “let the public know that we our expanding our mission and services,” he said.

SHARE Village Las Vegas also offers year-round crisis intervention centers, medical and mental health services, employment training, nutrition programs, and other services as part of its public-private partnerships.

Additional details of the SHARE Village expansion will be revealed in the coming weeks, Stalk said.