homelessness

Lexie's Gift: Clothing For Those In Transition

Jul 29, 2019
Lexie's Gift pop-up shop with clothing racks and donation truck.
Kylee Warden

In Reno, countless adults and children are in transition. They may be homeless, in the foster care system, or recovering from substance abuse. A local, nonprofit organization called Lexie’s Gift is helping those in transition by providing clothing for free. Kylee Warden of Reno Youth Radio visited the shop and has this story.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

With high housing prices in Northern Nevada, Reno is seeing community members choosing to stay in motels as long-term residents. The city created a motel inspection program late last year and the team recently conducted its first inspection. KUNR’s Michelle Billman sat down with our reporters Stephanie Serrano and Krysta Scripter to learn more.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

Along the Truckee River, you may spot tents set up by people experiencing homelessness in Reno. One of them is Brandon, a musician in his thirties who has been homeless for a year and recently set up camp. He’s originally from Colorado Springs but has been in Reno for 20 years. In this audio postcard, Brandon talks about relying on his guitar and bargaining to make a living.

A row of canned food on a shelf.
Lucia Starbuck.

Due to rising rents and tuition costs, there is an increasing need for easier access to affordable food and other daily necessities for students at the University of Nevada, Reno. Student contributor Lucia Starbuck explores a resource on campus called Pack Provisions that provided food or clothing to more than 600 visitors during the fall semester.

 

Our Town Reno: Life Along The Truckee River

Dec 18, 2018

Until recently, Wendy Wiglesworth lived for nine years on the banks of the Truckee River after fleeing an abusive relationship and not feeling comfortable at Reno's main downtown shelter.  In this audio postcard, she recounts details of surviving as a homeless person and creating a sense of community along the river.

Jazmin Dardy presenting her spoken word poem at the Our Town Reno, Where Will We Sleep Tonight event.
Krysta Scripter

Last year, more than 2,000 Washoe County youth experienced homelessness, according to local health officials. Jasmin Dardy, a youth who says she has struggled with abuse and trauma, spoke about what led her to the streets with KUNR's Stephanie Serrano.

Michele Gehr is the director of the Eddy House.
Stephanie Serrano

On any given night there are, on average, 400 to 600 homeless youth living on the streets of Reno. That’s according to Michele Gehr, the director of the Eddy House, a trauma care drop-in center for homeless youth. She sat down with KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano to talk about the severity of this problem.

“In 2017 we saw at Eddy House 769 unique youth. This is an issue because in 2015, when Eddy House opened as a drop-in center, there were about 100 kids. This year, 2018, we are slated to see nearly 1,000 homeless youth,” Gehr says.

Holly Hutchings

For some, an unexpected family emergency is all it takes to eat up the rent budget, pushing these families close to homelessness. A program from the Reno Housing Authority is meant to catch them before they get there. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings has more.

Nico Colombant guides the live journalism three part series event at the Eddy House, in Reno.
Stephanie Serrano

Nearly 4,000 people in Reno are living in motels, according to the Reno Area Alliance for the Homeless. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Nico Colombant to talk about what homelessness looks like in this community. Colombant is an instructor at the Reynolds School of Journalism and the lead organizer of Our Town Reno, a street reporting organization which focuses on exposing the revolving issues of homelessness in Reno, Nevada. 

A woman and a small dog sit on a bed inside a motel.
Our Town Reno

60-year-old Joyce Cowdin lives at the El Tavern Motel in Reno. She used to work but is now in poor health, so her budget is tight. While some of the local motels have issues with drugs, crime, and bug infestations, they offer affordable housing for families, seniors and the working poor. In this audio postcard, Cowdin describes her living situation and says the motels are a safety net for many low income residents. 

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