Temporary winter shelter in downtown Reno to provide refuge for up to 40 homeless people
As temperatures drop below freezing for the 11th straight night in Reno, homeless people here now have another option to weather the bitter cold nights.
Friday night, a temporary homeless shelter will open for the winter, offering a refuge for up to 40 homeless people every night for the next four months.
The makeshift shelter, located in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center in downtown Reno, will have beds, heat, electricity and Sani-Huts.
"People are dying and people are losing limbs and that's just something we couldn't sit by and watch."
"Our communities of faith couldn't in good moral conscience sit back and watch (that) happen," said Aria Overli, an organizer with ACTIONN, a non-profit organization.
It will be staffed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night by several volunteers from local faith-based organizations.
The project is made possible by a partnership among the City of Reno, the American Red Cross, ACTIONN and RISE.