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City, police issue citations to the homeless at location cleared two weeks ago

By Lucia Starbuck
Reno Police officers issue a citation to a man living homeless near the Truckee River. Image: Kristen Stemmer

The City of Reno cleaned and cleared a camp near the Wells Avenue overpass, displacing about 270 houseless individuals on June 3, but a majority of those staying in the camp remained in the area. 

About 50 individuals relocated to Brodhead Park, across the Truckee River from the disbanded camp, while others found a new spot along the river. Sti…

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Mickey Lufkin June 22, 2020 - 3:51 pm

My name is Mickey Lufkin. I was the executive director of the Center Street Mission in Reno from 1989 to 1996. During that eight year period we helped over 7,000 people into housing and jobs in Reno. We were considered one of the most successful housing programs in the nation. I now am CEO of a non-profit called housing opportunities programs and education Incorporated. I have a program that I believe will help the majority of homeless people into housing and jobs in the Reno-Sparks area. I can be reached at 775-240-1935. I am a pastor professional violinist and a retired school teacher from the Washoe County School District.

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Ivy Antonowitsch June 19, 2020 - 4:45 pm

As someone who has been homeless, I can empathize with what houseless people go through; however, as a resident living in the heart of downtown for the past 12 years, the homelessness that has continued to grow and get out of control, has changed our lifestyle tremendously. We have a significant problem with homeless gaining entry in our secured building, sleeping in our stairwells, lobby, laundry room and even trash rooms. A select few camp every night at the courthouse on Sierra and and then pack up at about 5am and try to gain access in my secured bldg, and then use our laundry facilities. I have had homeless individuals become very aggressive and scare the living hell out of me. At all hours of the early morning they arE bathing in the fountains on the river walk, Or slamming the very heavy metal trash lids, either for fun, or because they are looking for food. It is unsafe to go outside after dark and I’ve got to keep a set of eyes on the back of my neck every time I walk out the door. As a longtime downtown resident, effected by the growing number of homeless, I am extremely concerned that there is not enough attention paid to those of us who live in the larger homeless areas. I don’t have the answer to this problem but it’s also not my job to figure the important city/county solutions. I have homeless friends that I have come to know very well over the past decade + years and I worry about them but there has to be a better way of handling the issue than we are currently. It’s a tough problem to deal with but when you are all trying to figure it out, please remember that there are a lot of people who live downtown, who’s safety should be taken into consideration when solving this issue.

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Cynthia Kunde June 19, 2020 - 12:10 pm

Where are these homeless suppose to move to? Also the CDC says not to move them during the Pandemic. What is the City of RENO going to provide for them? Especially washing their hands, wearing masks, ETC. Waste Mgmt should provide a dumpster, where ever homeless have set up a camp. City should provide portable bathrooms. Since unemployment checks seem forever to get to people, any just have no money. We should be proud of our City, & take care of ALL our people.

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William J Macauley, Jr. June 19, 2020 - 11:38 am

Bob & Lucia-
Thank you for your continuing essential work to keep us informed and aware. I have a question: isn’t that property (where the 6/3 eviction took place and where the city is continuing to “cleanup”) north of the river and south of the railroad tracks, between the ballpark and East Commercial Row, private property? Why are public resources being used/spent on upkeep and cleaning of private property? If there weren’t dates or times on the notices left in Brodhead Park, how can people be ticketed for not abiding by them? Or is that another generous ambiguity being exploited (within the larger equivocation that allows evictions to be called clean-ups)? I just don’t see the benefit of continuing these practices instead of making housing available. I think we as individuals and a community have to 1) think of homelessness as a community problem rather than an individual one; and 2) acknowledge that what we are doing now is not cumulatively resulting in the change we need and want to see; and 3) start to think about what has enabled those of us who ARE NOT homeless to be so and begin thinking about making those kinds of supprts available to our community members who ARE homeless.

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Amy Tona June 18, 2020 - 10:28 pm

What ever happened to all of the “Tiny Houses” Reno supposedly built with grant money for the homeless people?

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