The inaugural Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to take place from November 16-18, bringing excitement to the Las Vegas Strip. However, the event is also causing concern for the unhoused population living in the city’s flood channels.
The flood channels were constructed in the 1980s to usher stormwater beneath the Las Vegas Strip to Lake Mead. Between storms, these bone-dry channels provide shelter for an estimated 1,000 unhoused individuals. However, signs announcing a “Tunnel Clean Out for Formula 1” indicate that the tunnels will be cleared of any human presence on November 15, making them inaccessible until November 20.
YouTuber Sarah Jane Woodall, known for her “Wonderhussy Adventures” channel, reported the signs in her latest video. She questioned the reasoning behind displacing the unhoused population for the Formula One event, and highlighted the challenge of finding alternative shelter, especially when homeless shelters are miles away.
F1’s sign lists the contact information for several local homeless shelters, raising questions about how unhoused individuals, often with all their possessions in a shopping cart, are expected to travel to these distant shelters.
Casino.org reached out to the F1 press office and the Shine a Light Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the tunnel-dwelling population, for comment but has not received a response at the time of publication.
The situation underscores the complex issues faced by unhoused individuals in the city and the challenges they encounter in finding stable and secure living conditions. As the excitement of the Formula One event builds, it also sheds light on the ongoing struggles of the unhoused population in Las Vegas and the need for support and solutions to address their needs.