Program and Construction Development

Development of the Nevada Cares Campus


The Nevada Cares Campus is designed to provide a low-barrier and housing-focused shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The first phase was completed by the City of Reno and funded by the City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County; it included the land purchase, Sprung building, restrooms and showers, initial site and utility work. With Phase l of the construction project complete, the following scope of the Campus design and construction is projected to be completed in the following phases:

  • Phase ll: Permanent bathrooms, showers, laundry facility and sprung improvements 
  • Phase lll: Welcome center, intake, training area, case management, therapy, a dining hall, and an administrative area that will include staff offices, a breakroom and locker space
  • Phase lV: A resource center, an area for overflow capacity and supportive housing  

Arrival Experience and Diversion Program


At the Nevada Cares Campus, one will arrive at the Welcome Center (Phase III construction), where the client will be received and a diversion, client-driven approach will be taken. According to best practice standards and the National Homeless Alliance, the goal with this approach is to help the person or household find safe alternative housing immediately, rather than staying on the street or entering the shelter. Research shows that people who enter shelter experience longer periods of homelessness than those who are diverted from it.

Campus Services 

Upon being admitted to the shelter, clients will have access to services such as restrooms, showers, a laundry facility, and a dining hall for meals. Clients will be expected to be willing to work towards a housing plan and be able to manage their own activities of daily living.

The emergency shelter currently provides basic hygienic services including temporary restrooms, handwashing, showers, and laundry.  Phase II construction will bring permanent facilities and improvements to the sprung.