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Sparks OKs its part of new homeless shelter agreement
by Joshua H. Silavent
Aug 22, 2011 | 1743 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The City Council on Monday approved its portion of an extended cooperative agreement with nonprofit Volunteers of America (VOA) to run the Community Assistance Center and homeless shelter on Record Street in Reno.

The Washoe Board of County Commissioners and Reno City Council are expected to do the same when they meet today and Wednesday.

In the meantime, a new request-for-proposal (RFP) process will take place and a long-term operations contract will be awarded to either VOA or Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada sometime in December based on new performance measures handed down from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD is moving to a “housing first” model that would place new limitations on length-of-stay times for residents of the homeless shelter.

As part of the extended cooperative agreement, a transitional governing board will be formed to oversee the new RFP process and ultimately award an operations contract.

Mayor Geno Martini will represent Sparks on the board with Councilwoman Julia Ratti serving as an alternate.

The City Council also approved a new cooperative agreement between the Sparks Fire Department and the Storey County Fire Department for emergency assistance resources.

The new agreement provides the Sparks FD with access to staffed emergency response resources at no cost for up to 12 hours after an incident begins.

The agreement also provides reimbursement rates for costs incurred after 12 hours.

The agreement is in keeping with other partnerships the Sparks FD has with neighboring fire agencies.

Finally, the council accepted a performance review of City Manager Shaun Carey and extended his contract through fiscal year 2013.

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