Amid growing concerns about homelessness in densely populated cities across the United States, one Las Vegas gentleman’s club is doing its part to address the issue.
Deja Vu Showgirls, which bills itself as the No. 1 topless strip club in the world, is providing tents and clothing to the city’s homeless population, ABC affiliate KTNV reported on Tuesday.
But, in light of the fact that the items donated by Deja Vu Showgirls are emblazoned with the business’ logo and branding, some people aren’t so thrilled with the gesture.
One local woman who identified herself as a mother reached out to KTNV to express her outrage, saying Deja Vu was “immoral” and “disgusting.”
She said her child asked her about Deja Vu after seeing the company’s name on a homeless person’s tent.
In a statement to KTNV, Deja Vu confirmed it had given out tents and clothing bearing its logo to homeless people.
“This just seems like the right thing to do during the holidays. While some seem to think that the solution is a camping ban, we think that the solution is one that includes decency and kindness,” the company said.
“We hope that others can show some humanity and do their share to take care of the most needy among us.”
A recent ordinance made it illegal for anyone to camp or sleep on a sidewalk if space is available in Las Vegas shelters.
A study published in October by Security.org ranked Las Vegas as one of the cities in the U.S. with the biggest homelessness problems.
Las Vegas isn’t the only city with a homelessness problem
While federal statistics show homelessness trending downward nationwide, a number of American cities have struggled with vagrancy.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported last November that at least 10 West Coast cities, from Los Angeles to Seattle, have in recent years declared states of emergency because of out-of-control homelessness.
Every city is different, and diagnoses of the problem vary by ideology. Liberal wonks tend to blame rising costs of living, slow wage growth and lack of affordable housing. Conservatives point to over-generous welfare programs, cultural decay and liberals’ reluctance to crackdown on people they view as victims.
In September, business owners in one Seattle neighborhood told local media that a single homeless woman staying in a nearby illegal encampment has been terrorizing their block with her feces for months.
“It’s a health hazard,” grocer Mike Sandberg said to KOMO News. “It’s just something I can’t believe is allowed to happen. It seems like there is no law.”
- Deja Vu Showgirls.: Screen grab