RENO — The United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) Board of Directors has approved $22,000 in funding to Volunteers of America – Northern Nevada (VOA) to assist with the opening of an overflow homeless shelter from Dec. 1 through March 31, 2013. The overflow homeless shelter will be located on Mill Street, near McCarran Boulevard. The funds will be distributed from UWNNS’ Community Response Fund, which can provide a limited amount of funding in critical, emergency situations.
VOA runs the men’s, women’s and family homeless shelters in Reno. In those three shelters, the organization currently houses more than 300 homeless individuals every night. Those shelters are currently at capacity with more men, women and children who need shelter.
Currently, there are between 150 and 250 people sleeping on the streets without shelter.
The overflow homeless shelter’s facility is owned by the Truckee River Flood Management Board, which is allowing VOA to use the space rent-free. The facility will house about 100 people that would otherwise be on the streets with no shelter this winter.
UWNNS’ Community Response Fund is comprised of dollars from donor contributions during the annual community campaign that are set aside by the UWNNS Board of Directors.
United Way believes the foundation of a happy, productive life is made up of three ‘building blocks’ – education, financial stability and health. For more information, call 322-8668 or visit www.uwnns.org.