History

Eddy House was founded in 2011 by Lynette Eddy. Eddy House was originally a residence purchased for former foster youth who found themselves out on the streets after aging-out of the foster system.

I was recently widowed and was looking for a way to deal with my grief by turning a negative into a positive.

-Lynette Eddy

Founder Lynette Eddy and her son Brian Eddy

Lynette Eddy had gone back to school and was studying for a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Nevada Reno 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 transformed into a drop-in resource center for Northern Nevada’s homeless youth. Young people, ages 12-24 are welcome to come by for care and comfort services such as: showers, food and clothing. Youth know staff by name and a Crisis Manager provides light case management and referrals to community agencies who work closely with the Eddy House.