Vision: End youth homelessness in Northern Nevada
Eddy House is a daytime drop-in center and overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, foster, and other at-risk youth. Eddy House works with youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence with the goal of ending youth homelessness in Northern Nevada. No one who comes to Eddy House for assistance is turned away as we understand our role in eliminating the factors that lead to homelessness in our community. From outreach to aftercare, Eddy House meets youth where they are at and will help youth reach their success through individualized case plans. Our 24-hour facility includes an overnight shelter for up to 23 young adults and a results-oriented Community Living Program for 29 individuals. Through various programs and services and over 55 community partners, Eddy House provides vital life skills classes, workforce development, healthcare assistance, counseling, and more.
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