Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Efforts
A compilation of regional updates provided by One Truckee River's Partnership Coordinator, Iris, and the 2018 Housing and Sanitation Working Group: Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) Campus: Washoe County is working to develop the NNAMHS Campus to serve 200+ currently homeless women, children, families, elderly, and pregnant women. If successful, this will open up space at the Volunteers of America (VOA) shelter for currently homeless men. The county anticipates opening this facility in the summer of 2019. The image to the left was part of a larger presentation (linked here) given to the Washoe County Commissioners on October 9, 2018 by Amber Howell, Washoe County Director of Social Services.  Case Managers: Washoe County currently supports three case managers in the region, and hopes to add six more for a total of nine case managers in the region. The county pays each collaborative agency $80,000 per case manager. The county is working to secure $480,000 within the current fiscal year to add six more case managers by June 2019.   Community Housing Land Trust: In…
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Crossroads

Crossroads

Efforts
We had the opportunity to tour Crossroads earlier this month. Crossroads is a public-private partnership between Washoe County Adult Services and Catholic Charities designed to identify, intervene and stabilize high-complexity homeless clients using a tiered housing approach. The organization collaborates with numerous community partners to provide sober housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, employment and educational services, and linkages to other services. Crossroads saves our community millions of dollars by preventing jail bookings, encounters with First Responders, Emergency Room and hospital costs, and ongoing court and jail expenses. Crossroads has saved lives and improved the quality of life for hundreds of clients and the community at large. Below is a video showing some of those who have been at Crossroads and found the resources they needed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6vjT-IKqJ4
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Social: “Reno Got It Right”

Social: “Reno Got It Right”

Stories
We were able to sit down with City of Reno's Mayor Hillary Schieve and Councilmembers David Bobzien and Naomi Duerr to talk about the Truckee River and its social aspects. Below is that transcribed interview: One Truckee River: First question for all of you. Could I have each of you talk about what the Truckee River brings and means to the City of Reno? Councilmember David Bobzien: It is not an overstatement to say that the Truckee River is the lifeblood of our community. I think how I interact with the river in so many different ways, in terms of recreation -- I run along the river on the trail, I fish the river. . . I've certainly floated on the river, and so many of our residents and constituents do…
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Stewardship: The River Keepers

Stewardship: The River Keepers

Stories
The City of Reno, Nevada just reinstated a river cleanup crew for the first time in years. Jon Bahrenburg, 65, heads that crew. Every Tuesday through Friday, beginning at 6:30 a.m., Bahrenburg, Cody Wall, 20, and Juan Hernandez, 20, head to different sections on the Truckee River within the Reno boundaries.  
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Reno residents share their thoughts

Reno residents share their thoughts

Cleanup
Earlier this month we shared a blog post about the new homeless overflow shelter opened up by the Reno Police Department and the Community Assistance Center (CAC). The organizations have been reaching out to illegal campers along the Truckee River to educate them on the new shelter. The coverage of this outreach is the Truckee River Corridor (from Stephenson Street east to Wells Avenue, within 350 feet of the river). Since the initiation of the overflow shelter and outreach program, news has picked up concerning the efforts. On July 9, police were reaching out to a group of illegal campers when three unleashed pit bulls charged at the officers. One dog was Tasered while another dog was shot (not fatally). Channel 2 News in Reno did its own story on…
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Reno’s new homeless overflow shelter

Reno’s new homeless overflow shelter

Efforts
The One Truckee River Initiative's purpose is to manage, protect and provide stewardship for Northern Nevada's Truckee River. That purpose includes all aspects that are affecting the river, both in and along. One of the perks of our initiative is that we consist of partners who are working with their own organizations on improving the Truckee River and its influence. On June 26 the Reno Police Department and the Community Assistance Center (CAC) opened up a homeless overflow shelter. In the One Truckee River meetings so far, and from our own experiences, we have discussed and understand that the presence of people camping illegally along the river is very much a reality. With the new overflow shelter in place, progress is being made. The shelter, located at 790 Sutro St. and available for both men…
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