Affordable Housing Meeting Cancelation Miffs Local Activists

Aug 3, 2016

A canceled City Council meeting has a local advocacy organization raising questions about the city's priorities for addressing affordable housing.

Reno-based nonprofit ACTIONN was prepared to speak on Wednesday at a City Council meeting that was going to focus on affordable housing.

But the city abruptly canceled the meeting Monday, following news that City Manager Andrew Clinger was facing allegations of sexual harassment.

ACTIONN Executive Director Mike Thornton said the move was an inconvenience to those who took off work to attend.

"ACTIONN has been out speaking with dozens and dozens of community members who were planning on attending this meeting to be able to give input to the City Council about what they're facing on a daily basis and what they see as possible solutions to addressing the affordable housing," he said. "This cancellation is particularly troubling following the Council’s public acknowledgements of the fact that the lack of affordable housing in Reno is reaching crisis proportions."

The city said in a statement that affordable housing is important to the City Council and the meeting would be rescheduled when it can devote its full attention to the matter.

A special meeting has instead been scheduled for Thursday to address the pending allegations against Clinger.