Mission: Eddy House works with homeless and at-risk youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.

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.

Our Story

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

Since 2011, Eddy House has provided resources towards stabilizing youth who have experienced homelessness and/or are considered high risk. Our population includes those who have been in foster care, are runaways, or have been forced out of their home situation. We continue to strive with our provided services to end 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 2012-2019, Eddy House functioned as the safety net for this population, assisting homeless and at-risk youth in crisis in Washoe County to secure a helping hand, a hot meal, a shower, or a connection to other services. In November 2019, Eddy House’s management was restructured, and, with the generous support of the State of Nevada, multiple private foundations, individual donors, and contractors, the organization purchased and moved into a 16,335-square-foot, two story former commercial building located between downtown Reno and Renown Medical Center. The facility has been fully renovated into client spaces, a drop-in shelter, transitional housing, community rooms, and administrative offices. The larger facility will allow Eddy House to deepen and broaden the services it offers, fulfilling its mission by expanding from being a walk-in center to becoming a full-service recovery provider for at-risk youth aged 18-24.

2020 Expansions

In early May, Eddy House opened its respite care center in collaboration with Washoe County Social Services.  This program serves kids between the ages of 7 and 17, giving them a safe place to live and continue therapeutic services.  Specifically, this project aids youth in the Foster Care system who have been impacted by COVID.  The emergency respite team of Eddy House allows them to keep moving forward in a safe space.

  On June 1st, we added 25 beds to our transitional housing program to better serve our youth in community.  This beautiful project offers short term housing on a sliding fee scale as young people are actively working.  This component is a part of the step-down transition back to true independence.

Our latest addition to our family of services is Casa de Vida. Casa de Vida is a long-standing non-profit serving pregnant young women in our community and a welcomed addition to the Eddy House family.  While some teens facing a crisis pregnancy have the support of a loving family, many others are less fortunate.

We are pressing hard to better serve these young people in need, those in transition, and those that are homeless. Eddy House keeps in mind that with the right tools and support, 85% will never become homeless as adults.