Objective: End youth homelessness in Northern Nevada
Eddy House is a center for homeless, runaway, foster, and other at-risk youth. We are the central intake and assessment facility in Northern Nevada. Youth have access to resources for basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene items, and a safe secure place to be during the day. Eddy House also offers counseling services, work force development, life skills groups, health care services and more. The new 24-hour facility now provides safe overnight opportunities for the homeless youth in our community which includes an overnight shelter for up to 20 young adults, a five-bed emergency shelter, and a new results-oriented “Community Living Program” for 23 youth.
Eddy House was founded in 2011 by Lynette Eddy. Eddy had gone back to school and was studying for a Master’s degree at the UNR School of Social Work when as part of a school project, she decided to order a pizza and conduct a focus group at an area downtown known as “the Circle.” That afternoon, surrounded by hungry teens, Eddy heard the personal stories of the young people living on the streets of Reno and decided to take action.
Five years later, thanks to an initiative put forth by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, the Eddy House has morphed into a drop-in resource center for Northern Nevada’s homeless youth.
Founder Lynette Eddy and her son Brian Eddy