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#VegasStrong: Here's where 1 October shooting victims can get help

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The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center or VSRC has been in operation near the University Medical Center since Oct. 23, located at 1524 Pinto Lane.

It's meant to serve as a central assistance center for those affected by the shooting a the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1. However, Clark County leaders are struggling with outreach for the center beyond the Las Vegas community in an effort to help victims outside of the city.

On Tuesday morning, Kevin Schiller, the Assistant County Manager with Clark County, gave a presentation to the County Commission about the VSRC detailing how and why it was created.

Its existence is dedicated to long-term recovery. It was created as a continuation of the Family Assistance Center that served more than 3,600 people immediately following the shooting.

Schiller says since the center opened its doors on Oct. 23, it has serviced only about 600 people, and most of them are Las Vegas locals.

Those with the county are trying to spread their outreach to the estimated 24,000 people who were affected. They want to get those people registered to receive benefits from programs like medical care, services such as counseling, legal assistance, and other types of support. They want people to know help is available and it’s waiting for them.

All of it is funded by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime through the Department of Justice.

"If you have somebody that didn’t have insurance to meet co-pays or cost, the grant will support that. It's really tied to supporting specific service needs, health being a primary one of those, but there are other needs too", says Kevin Schiller, Assistant County Manager, Clark County.

The center will remain open for three years after Oct. 1, 2018, which is how long the grant lasts.

Anyone who has been affected needs to register online at vegasstrongrc.org by the deadline of Oct. 1, 2018, to be eligible for services.

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