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New Location for Reno Homeless Overflow Shelter Makes Progress

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The City of Reno and Volunteers of America (VOA) of Northern Nevada both operate the off-site emergency overflow shelter for the homeless. On Saturday, the building flooded. A new location is in the works for a homeless overflow shelter after vandalism at the previous building caused it to close. 

The last overflow shelter had copper stolen, causing the water, heat and power to not work inside the building. So while the City of Reno has identified a possible new location, there's work needing to be done on that space before it can open up. In the meantime, Volunteers of America staff is accommodating people in their warming centers. 

"In there they're safe and they're warm, but they're sitting up at a table. So it's not as ideal as sleeping in a bed," said Sandy Isham, the Development and Community Relations Officer for Volunteers of America. 

Elaine Wiseman, the Management Analyst for the City of Reno adds, "There's that complication obviously. However we have great community partners that have stepped up and provided additional beds."

Northern Nevada HOPES and the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission have provided nearly 50 additional beds to temporarily help the shortage of space. But the city and the VOA both say it's crucial to get a news overflow shelter up and running because it prevents people from freezing out in the cold when the regular shelters fill up.

When the Community Assistance Center (CAC) shelters are full, the overflow shelter helps house up to 100 people. 

The ideal space for a new location would be able to fit 120 beds for the homeless to sleep.  

"We are literally just trying to make sure people are safe and warm and don't freeze to death, during our winter, cold nights," said Isham. 

The city is hoping by the end of this week to have the new overflow shelter open.

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