Chris Pingree, building and safety manager for the City of Reno, walked members of the media around the sprawling Nevada Cares Campus on Friday afternoon. The new shelter facility for the region’s unsheltered population will open in phases beginning May 10.
The new shelter is equipped with lockers to store personal items and security cameras both inside and out. It can accommodate up to 900 people. Its accompanying facilities include dining areas where three meals a day will be served, onsite laundry, 26 private showers and 22 toilet stalls.
The campus will, at some point, also include safe camping space—something homelessness advocates point to as necessary for those who are not willing or ready to live within a shelter environment.
Local officials and U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto were on hand for Friday’s walk-through of the new campus.
Cortez Masto thanked the cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County and Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office for their collaborative efforts to bring the Cares Campus to fruition—and Q&D construction for building the new facility—which was paid for in large part with CARES Act dollars.