New bill would give 27 acres to Opportunity Village for expansion

WASHINGTON — A new bill introduced in Congress on Wednesday would donate 27 acres of once-federal land for the expansion of Opportunity Village, the Las Vegas nonprofit that provides job training for people with development disabilities.

The property on Decatur Boulevard near 215 Beltway in the northwest Las Vegas Valley would become the site of a job resource center and a residential campus for the organization, which was established in 1954 and is among the oldest charities in Southern Nevada. It is the largest provider of vocational training and job placement for the disabled in Nevada.

“Their work in the community is invaluable, serving over 3,000 individuals and their families annually,” said Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., the bill sponsor. “This new campus, built on unused land, will allow them to expand their services for thousands more.”

The job center on what would be the organization’s sixth location, would serve about 300 people in skills assessment and job training, therapy, fine arts and performing arts, and recreation. It would also host about 125 residents.

The property is controlled by the city of Las Vegas after a conveyance from the federal government in 2002, according to Horsford’s office. However, either legislation or administrative action by the Bureau of Land Management is necessary for the city to turn it over to the nonprofit.

“This effort for location has been in the works for over a year,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “We were approached by Opportunity Village to seek an additional location to serve their special-needs population.”

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross, who represents the neighborhood, said the new campus “will be such a great asset to the community.”

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., is a bill cosponsor.

“Expanding the geographic reach of Opportunity Village will enable this wonderful organization to enhance its already significant role of providing needed services to our disability community,” Titus said in a statement.