RENO, NV (KOLO) Homeless youth. They don't fit the common image of the homeless, but they are out here in surprising numbers.
"Many of them are living on the streets, some are couch surfing, some are living in weekly motels," says Diaz Dixon, Executive Director of Reno's Eddy House.
And, he says, every day they are out here they are more likely to spend much of the rest of their lives here.
"Most of them without Eddy House and other programs in our community they will end up chronically homeless as adults. Research shows if you intervene at this age--between 18 and 24 years--84 percent of this population will never be homeless as adults."
So that's been the aim of Eddy House from the beginning. It's been operating as a daytime refuge for 18 to 24 year olds, but at the end of the day, it's forced to send them back out to the streets.
Soon that won't be the case. It's moving from its cramped quarters to a new location on Willow Street a few blocks from Renown Medical Center. Construction is still underway, but when it opens next month it willl be as a 24/7 shelter.
But it will offer more than a warm bed and a meal
"We want to offer a number of services with activities of daily living, financial planning, workforce development. Just helping young people get on their feet and make sustainable changes so they don't have to be homeless. This gives Eddy House an opportunity to get ahead of the game and do what we can to end it in our community."
They will be holding a "Grand Reveal an Fundraiser at the new location, 888 Willow St. Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 pm- 8 pm.