Reno's Homeless Shelters Are Full As Winter Approaches

Dec 12, 2017

A homeless camp along the Truckee River in Reno.
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The homeless shelters in Reno are full, with lines out the door, and temperatures are dropping. Our contributor Bob Conrad has been covering this issue for a ThisisReno podcast called Solutions. In the latest episode, he spoke with Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon about her efforts to build a tiny home village to help some of the city's chronically homeless residents. This is an excerpt of their conversation.

“Somebody needed to be their voice," Jardon said. "Somebody needed to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. You’re not forgotten. You’re not just somebody that you walk by and ignore. You are one of our community members and you deserve as much attention as everybody else.’”

The Reno City Council is exploring the idea of a tiny home village, though specific plans haven’t been approved. In the meantime, the city is also scheduled to hear an update this week on construction of a new homeless shelter on Sage Street.

The effort is considered critical since, for the first time, both the regular and overflow shelters have been consistently full before the onset of winter weather.

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