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County plans to transfer lot near Cares Campus to Northern Nevada HOPES


The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution to transfer a parcel of land next to the Nevada Cares Campus to Northern Nevada HOPES. The lot, at 1905 East Fourth Street, is just under an acre and is across the street from Hope Springs, the nonprofit’s transitional living tiny homes village.

Northern Nevada HOPES CEO Sharon Chamberlain was prepared to speak at the meeting but wasn’t asked to come forward. Commissioners bundled together the resolution with another item and quickly voted in favor of adoption.

The resolution requires HOPES to use the property for charitable or civic purposes. Ownership would revert to the county if that term was no longer met.

There was no public comment on the agenda item, and HOPES officials were mum on their plans for the parcel after the meeting.

Local officials have suggested additional phases of the Nevada Cares Campus could include a variety of resources to support people living at the shelter. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve at the shelter’s opening in May said planned services included mental health counseling and addiction counseling, along with transportation and workforce development.

While the shelter was under construction, city officials also suggested transitional housing similar to Hope Springs or Village on Sage Street could be a part of the shelter complex.

A public hearing on the property transfer is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2021.

Kristen Hackbarth
Kristen Hackbarth
Kristen Hackbarth is a freelance editor and communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in marketing, public relations and communications in northern Nevada. Kristen graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in photography and minor in journalism and has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. She also serves as director of communications for Nevada Cancer Coalition, a statewide nonprofit. Though she now lives in Atlanta, she is a Nevadan for life and uses her three-hour time advantage to get a jump on the morning’s news.