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County Signs Lease With State to Increase Homeless Services

By Bob Conrad
NNAMHS Campus Parcel Map. Image: Washoe County Human Services Agency.

NNAMHS Campus Parcel Map. Image: Washoe County Human Services Agency.

Washoe County’s Human Services Agency is expanding its services to the houseless by opening new facilities at the state’s Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health campus on 21st Street in Sparks.

The lease comes at no cost to the county, but HSA will have to provide $700,000 in support, said HSA Administrator Amber Howell. These dollars will go toward janitorial, data, telephone, and property services, in addition to 24-hour security.

The expanded services will allow service providers to, in some cases, double the capacity for homeless services. Women, pregnant women, and families will be relocated from the current homeless shelter on Record Street to the state facility.

“There is a need to provide separate services for women, children, and families in an atmosphere which provides an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness,” according to county staff.

Youth homeless services will increase as well.

“The ideas is for us to not keep them where they’re at, it’s to stop the cycle (of homelessness) for them,” Howell said. “HSA believes the identified populations will have the opportunity to transition from homelessness to a home-like setting while working on their stability and sustainability to increase success rates…”

Howell said mental health issues in particular will be addressed as part of the service expansion.

County commissioners praised the project and voted today to approve the lease.



Sheila Parker October 10, 2018 - 8:46 am

I am happy to hear about this solution for the homeless and youth issues to be centered at NNAMHS. My adult son has his doc and meds from there now, since 2003. Their location and wraparound services have contributed to my son’s independence and wellness. Good progress for our Northern Nevada community.

Val Janowski October 10, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Glad your experience has been positive! It bodes well for this expanded initiative! Reno rocks!

Ken Koeppe October 10, 2018 - 8:10 am

A good change from the status quo. Appears there is a plan to create productive individuals with self pride.
This should fit well with Mayor Eddie Lorton’s plan to realign homeless programs in the City of Reno

Karin W Morris October 10, 2018 - 6:27 am

You are going to need a LOT more than 700k for security

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