Cold and Homeless


A cold spell is filling Reno's homeless shelters to capacity, and leaving some homeless outside at night.

Washoe County community support administrator Gabrielle Enfield says 10 to 15 men went without housing Wednesday night when the mercury plunged into the teens.

She says officials are trying to find an overflow shelter for 40 to 50 men and 25 to 35 women.

Bud Cardwell of the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission's men's drop-in center says every bed has been occupied the last two weeks.

Alvino Sandoval, who spent Wednesday night behind a Sparks casino, says about a dozen people had been sleeping under a Truckee River bridge.

He says the homeless often visit casinos for a half-hour just to warm up at night.


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