February 28, 2015
Washoe County officials say an office building will be used as an emergency shelter for those turned away from the Reno homeless services complex.
The county bought the building on Edison for flood control. It will open Friday and remain open until the end of March.
Officials say the Reno-Sparks Gospel Missio will be paid an extra 12,000 dollars to run it. That's in addition to a 230,000 contract the agency has with the county to run the men's shelter.
The gospel mission operates the Reno drop-in shelter for men with 190 beds and can put 20 more men in the dining room in its neighboring building. In October, it opened a dorm to house up to 20 homeless women in its rehab house.
Mission officials say the dining room will now be used as an overflow shelter for women, and only men will be taken to the Edison Way building.