New overflow homeless shelter considered

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The problem is all around town. On the freeway, by the river and next to busy streets, homelessness is growing.

"I don't see the numbers declining and it is simply because we don't have anywhere to put anybody," said Pat Cashell, who runs Reno’s homeless shelters.

Cashell says we're running out of space in homeless shelters and we need another facility.

"If we have that new shelter, I think it will eliminate those issues and we will be able to help more people," said Cashell.

A new overflow shelter is something the city is working on. The city council voted Wednesday to explore building a shelter at a location on Sage Street.

"It is something that the council has been looking at for the last year, and I think we are to that point where we can't just keep talking about it; we have to act on it," said Mayor Hillary Schieve.

The chosen location is not perfect, but Schieve says we can't wait around for a perfect location.

"Now more than ever, we need to be able to provide something for people that are homeless," said Schieve.

Councilman Oscar Delgado agrees, but says he's concerned that other shelter locations didn't receive more consideration, but at the end of the day the process needed to move forward.

"We are having a conversation with HUD and with those service providers in our community to see if that is the best fit, and if it is not, then we will have to come back to the drawing board and see what other options we have in the City of Reno," said Delgado.

"We have to really think of this as compassion for people that don't have a place to sleep," said Schieve.