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Overflow Homeless Shelter Set Up in Reno

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Volunteers of America says it's overwhelmed at the homeless shelter so far this summer. Up to 300 people are taken care of every single day, but the demand has become too great.

Volunteers of America is working to secure another permanent building for overflow operations. In the meantime, they've set up a tent to accommodate an extra 30 men.

"The reason why we are seeing an increased number of folks who are homeless, is due to the so many cut backs and so many budgets. Particularly mental health care budgets," says Sandy Isham.

There is no overflow tent set up for women or families. Volunteers of America allows them to come into the buildings even if no beds are available.

The non-profit group says overall the number of homeless people is still on the rise. Many of the problems the city now must tackle are actually on the other side of the gate on Record Street. That's considered public property where dozens of homeless who refuse service and help continue to stay.

Police say they see criminal activity there every day and businesses in this area are voicing concerns about the growing problem.

"I think what we're hearing is that frustration on their part. Primarily from the standpoint of, I would imagine, their customers being uneasy or uncomfortable," says Assistant City Manager Bill Thomas.

The city says it will continue providing more services for homeless in this area and they hope the overflow tent will get some people off the streets here.

In a couple months officials will re-evaluate the situation and try their best to help as many people as they can.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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