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Community Assistance Center

Reno, like other communities in the U.S., has members of its population experiencing homelessness. The City of Reno works closely with the Reno Area Alliance for the Homeless to address the issue of homelessness in the Truckee Meadows.

The City of Reno, in conjunction with other jurisdictions, agencies, and individuals developed a 10 year action plan, Housing for All, to address homelessness in our community. The plan addresses how we as a community can meet the needs of the entire homeless population while also focusing specific activities on the needs of the chronically homeless. In 2011 the plan was updated and accomplishments of the original plan were identified.

The City of Reno serves as the lead agency for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) through a Cooperative Agreement with Washoe County and the City of Sparks. The CAC serves as a one stop shop resource for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Three emergency shelters as well as numerous social service agencies provide services at the CAC. The City of Reno is the recipient of several donations and grants.

The City of Reno also provides limited re-housing assistance to eligible individuals and families staying in shelter.

For general homeless and social services information please contact Nevada 211 by dialing 2-1-1 on your touchtone phone.

For general information contact  Housing and Neighborhood Development Administrator, 775-334-4228.

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