Abandoned Reno property restored for homeless seniors
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New apartments for homeless seniors opened Thursday in Reno. The complex, called the Moran Street Apartments, was restored with federal stimulus funds after sitting vacant for more than a decade.
The City of Reno partnered with the nonprofit Silver Sage Manor to gut the abandoned property in the West of Wells neighborhood.
Silver Sage Manor Executive Director Chris Hobson says the building caught fire back in 2000 and has been a problem ever since:
"It suffered extensive fire damage and since that time had basically been sitting vacant and open to the elements, so it had even further damage. [It] had really become not only an eyesore but kind of a code compliance and nuisance property for the neighborhood."
Silver Sage Manor has helped develop more than 800 affordable housing units in Nevada, including about 100 in Reno. Moran Street Apartments offers eight more for seniors who are at or below 40% of the area median income, meaning they're at risk of becoming homeless or may already live on the streets.
"The residents we anticipate will probably be those that are on either no income or a very low fixed income," Hobson says, "that may be currently in the shelters, potentially coming out of weekly hotel rental situations."
The $1.8 million project was funded through several grants, including one from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.