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Washoe County approves $2.7 million more for homeless campus

December 18, 2019 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Commission has approved an additional $2.7 million for a new homeless housing project to relocate women and families from the shelter in downtown Reno.

The money approved Tuesday brings to $13.7 million the total planned construction and renovation of vacant buildings at what will be known as the Our Place campus in Sparks.

It’s on the site of what formerly was known as Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services.

The new campus will provide shelter, critical services and specialized programming to meet the needs of women and children, and help free up space for homeless men at the downtown Reno shelter.

There will also be an Early Learning Center on the campus, which will provide a daycare option to the families residing there.

Commission Vice Chairman Bob Lucey says the project will be a huge addition to the community and a national model for addressing future homeless needs.