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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.

Homeless teens in Reno don’t have access to an overnight shelter specifically for them, and many don’t feel safe at an adult shelter. On Wednesday, two short documentaries exploring local youth homelessness will be screening in Reno. Our reporter Paul Boger spoke to the organizer to learn more.

According to a U-S Housing and Urban Development survey from 2014, nearly one and three homeless individuals were under the age of 24. Nico Colombant is with the street reporting outfit from Our Town Reno and he says the pervasive nature of youth homelessness is often overlooked.

The Record Street Health Center provides primary care to homeless people in Reno. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports that recently, services were expanded to include dental care.

Community Health Alliance provides access to care for underserved communities in Northern Nevada. They operate a facility at the Volunteers of America homeless shelters in downtown Reno and served more than 1,000 patients last year. They’ve been around for about 15 years, but now patients can get basic dental care too.

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Faith-based organizations and charity groups are looking to city leaders in Reno for help in creating a tiny house village to shelter some of the chronically homeless in the Truckee Meadows.

Based on a similar village in Seattle, Washington, the plan would include 40 fairly austere tiny-homes. The buildings would provide few luxuries beyond four-walls, a roof and a door that locks. The village would surround a central building that includes bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

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The Reno City Council agreed yesterday to consider a five-acre parcel of land on Sage Street located just off Fourth Street for a new overflow homeless shelter. The building will house individuals overnight when other shelters in the area are full.

The move comes after two years of discussion and debate on where to put the new facility. Previous attempts to pick a site have fallen through, and city leaders have been wary of relying on private land.

And while the vote was unanimous, council members Jenny Brekhus and Oscar Delgado expressed concerns.

Northern Nevada Shelter Search Continues

May 17, 2016
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A local charity is still searching for a location to establish a new homeless overflow shelter. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

After being vandalized earlier this year, the Volunteers of America Northern Nevada overflow shelter became uninhabitable. Spokeswoman Sandy Isham, told our partner, KNPR in Las Vegas, not handling the problem could be costly.

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Volunteers of America is being slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly discarding the belongings of a homeless man. 

The suit claims that VOA knowingly violated the constitutional rights of Leo Johnson when it cleared out a storage container that held a bag with his dentures, prescription eyeglasses and clothing.

Johnson, who was staying off and on at VOA's overflow shelter in downtown Reno, stored his belongings in a large pod at VOA's main campus.

Terri Keyser-Cooper is Johnson's lawyer and says that VOA did not give proper notice before clearing out his property.

 

We all know Reno has been coming out of the recession and with redevelopment on the rise, the city is changing. Some are concerned with the potential impacts of gentrification, especially on homeless people. KUNR’s Anh Gray sat down with two Reno-based journalists to get their take on what they’ve learned while reporting on this topic.