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Our Town Reno: Homeless Prostitute Strives For A Better Life

Jul 19, 2018
Photo of a smiling woman wearing a white shirt and sitting at a blue table outside, with trees and part of a brick building behind her.
Our Town Reno

A 24-year-old woman, who goes by the name Legendary Baby Bleu, has been a prostitute in Reno since she was 16 when she was attending Hug High School. Last year, she decided to leave an apartment she shared with her ex-boyfriend and she became homeless. Today, she shares her experience of trying to leave prostitution behind and the difficulties she has encountered on the streets.

For the last few weeks, Jeffrey Stephens has been cleaning up the Truckee River and parks around Reno. He’s participating in a new program called Reno Works that helps get homeless people jobs. The program is a partnership between Volunteers of America and the City of Reno.

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At-risk youth, like kids who are homeless or have aged out of foster care, face considerable obstacles--they often lack educational training and most don’t have family support to fall back on.

To offer support, a residential home for at-risk youth in downtown Reno called the Eddy House, is setting up a drop-in center that'll open in March.

Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talked to the nonprofit’s founder, Lynette Eddy, who is also a social worker, to learn more.

Morris Burner Hotel brings Black Rock experience to Reno

Aug 26, 2014
Photo by Decibel Photography from Morris Burner Hotel Facebook.

This is the first year some festival-goers can head to the Morris Burner Hotel in downtown Reno after leaving the playa to continue their Black Rock experience.

Jim Gibson, retired CEO of a micro-chip company also known by his Burner name, “Jungle Jim” bought the old, run-down hotel last year. Gibson says he has managed to revamp it by applying some of the Burning Man principles like communal effort, civic responsibility, participation and self-expression.