No Overflow Shelter for Homeless This Winter

RENO, NV -- There may not be enough room for Reno's homeless to get inside and get warm when temperatures plunge. This year the local municipalities do not have enough money to fund an overflow shelter, a City of Reno spokeswoman said. In the past, a building has been rented and heated. Beds were put on the floor. It costs seventy-five thousand dollars.

"We're not sure what's going to happen, but as always we're ready to step in," a representative of Volunteers of America said.

She said Volunteers of America may open it's warming center during especially cold nights, but it only has benches. The facility also has a smaller capacity than an overflow shelter. The overflow shelter often reached capacity, seventy-five, in previous years.

The Reno Area Alliance for the Homeless said it is working on a plan to put the homeless up in motels. Kelly Marschall of the alliance said a plan has been developed to identify the most at-risk, put them up in motels, and work with them to find more permanent housing.

She said the Washoe County Sheriff's Office is "trying to negotiate some good rates on a monthly-weekly basis."

Marschall said the plan still needs donations to implement, but there is a small 'pocket of money' right now. She said the plan comes from a national model and has worked other locations.

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