Eddy House Opening Overnight Youth Homeless Shelter | KUNR

Eddy House Opening Overnight Youth Homeless Shelter

Jan 12, 2020

The Eddy House is the only youth homeless facility in Northern Nevada, and it's expanding later this month. As Nevada ranks highest in unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, the new facility will offer Reno its first 24-hour overnight shelter for young people. Listen as Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House, walked us through the new facility and explained how it's been designed to meet an individual's needs.

Eight features of the new Eddy House:

  • Nearly 45 beds will be included in the facility. 20 beds will provide shelter for individuals who drop-in on a first come, first served basis each night. 20 beds will fill the community living space for individuals who meet the long-term living requirements for a six-month contract.
  • The Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office will have access to five overnight emergency beds.
  • Northern Nevada HOPES and the Community Health Alliance will offer wellness checks with access to nurses and/or certified nurse assistants.
  • The University of Nevada, Reno will provide six interns, from the Master's of Social Work and Counseling and Educational Psychology programs, to perform behavioral and mental health assessments.
  • Various rooms will be available for activities including yoga, education, meditation and religious practices.
  • There will be two large “chill zones” for relaxing, reading, listening to music or watching TV.
  • Homeless youth will have access to a gym and a large kitchen with cafeteria-style seating for meals.
  • Staff will be able to monitor the facility with 60 cameras in and around the building.

For the first time, Reno will have a 24-hour youth homeless shelter. Cots will be divided between two rooms: a nightly drop-in room and a community living space.
Credit Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio