Eddy House serving homeless youth 24-hours a day
The Eddy House is expanding its resources for homeless at-risk youth and young adults. Starting Thursday night the nonprofit organization will open its doors 24-hours, seven days a week at its new location on Willow Street.
Chief Executive Officer Diaz Dixon said since the doors will be open 24-hours its giving homeless kids hope.
He said, "You know when they are out on the streets trying to figure out, you know where they are going to stay, where their next meal is going to come from, that's all you are thinking about, you are not thinking about where you are going to be a year or five years from now.”
Dixon continued, “You are thinking about where am I going to be at night. This will give a lot of comfort to a number of young people in our community and they can start thinking about those things that are really important."
Originally, the nonprofit was helping homeless youth five days a week and only during the day.
The expanded hours and bigger building will offer long term and more robust services like mental health resources and workforce development programs. “We are super excited at the fact that we are going to have kids staying here long term, while they are working on things,” Dixon said.
Dixon said the most important resource its offering is housing. According to Dixon there are about 1,600 young people staying on the streets, motels, or couch surfing.
“We are going to give them a safe place to stay on the shelter side, but on the community living side we are going to make a huge impact because it is going to give them an opportunity to get back on their feet.”
The nonprofit said it’s the only youth shelter in Washoe County that’s open 24-hours.