affordable housing

Noah Glick

Local economic leaders are warning of major gaps in affordable housing if the region fails to ramp up its development efforts.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Tahoe's Missing Middle

Dec 1, 2016

 

Tahoe communities have been grappling with a worsening housing crisis for several months. Although housing has always been an issue in the region, the situation has reached something of a tipping point in recent months, affecting both low-income communities and,increasingly, working class and middle class residents as well.

As more and more landlords convert their properties to lucrative short-term vacation rentals, and developers continue to push for new neighborhoods filled with second homes, locals are struggling to stay in the community.

Affordable Housing Shortage Bad For Business In Truckee

Nov 15, 2016
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Local business owners are feeling the pinch of a housing shortage in Tahoe. Our Tahoe reporter Amy Westervelt has that story.

The news has been full of stories about the issues that arise when police don't live in the communities they serve. That includes everything from slow emergency response times to excessive force.

Our Tahoe reporter Amy Westervelt spoke to one Truckee police officer to learn his story.

Affordable Senior Housing Breaks Ground In South Reno

Oct 11, 2016
Annie Conway / NNBW

A new affordable housing project for seniors broke ground in Reno this week. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

Vintage Housing and GreenStreet Companies held a ground-breaking ceremony for Vintage at The Crossings, a 230-unit senior apartment complex. The project marks the first large-scale affordable housing project to break ground in a decade.

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Reno’s affordable housing challenges coincide with a national trend, and the city must develop a strategy on how to tackle the issue. That was the message presented to Reno City Council at a recent affordable housing workshop. Our reporter Bob Conrad was there and has the story.

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Recent news of City Manager Andrew Clinger’s departure overshadowed another important story that unfolded at the last city council meeting. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Before the meeting, three nonprofits called RISE, ACTIONN and the Reno Justice Coalition held a potluck downtown to raise awareness for low-income housing and homelessness.

Aria Overli of ACTIONN wants the city to do more.

Study Proves Tahoe Housing Crisis Is Real

Aug 28, 2016

A study of housing in Truckee and north Tahoe released this week reveals some troubling realities about the region. 

The results of the Truckee-North Tahoe regional housing study, commissioned by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation, are unsurprising to locals: A third of Tahoe residents spend more than half their income on housing, and close to 65 percent of houses in the region are vacation homes. 

ACTIONN

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

Rising Rents Problematic For Reno

Jul 5, 2016
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A new report shows rents in the Reno-Sparks area are the highest they've been in a decade. 

Data from a northern Nevada real estate consulting firm called Johnson, Perkins and Griffin shows the average rent now is up to $990 a month (that includes all apartment sizes). 

A public meeting to discuss a proposed new development in Tahoe got pretty heated when hundreds of locals turned up to voice their concerns. Our Tahoe reporter Amy Westervelt was there.

Our series “Squeezed Out,” on housing shortages facing Reno and Tahoe, continues with reporter Amy Westervelt’s story on how tourism affects Tahoe residents.

On my street in Truckee, there are about 20 houses. But only three of us live here. That's not uncommon throughout the Tahoe region, where more than sixty-five percent of the housing stock is second homes. In many discussions of economic development and housing in the region, it's the elephant in the room.

We started our series “Squeezed Out” by looking at how everyday people are being affected by the housing shortages in Reno and Tahoe, but today Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt brings us this story about the impact on local businesses.

"Hi, good morning. Today I'm going to talk as an employer of about 17 people in Truckee, about how the housing issue has been affecting us as a company."

Julia Ritchey

Reno's housing market has steadily regained its health, making it a sellers’ market. This is putting strain on the city’s dwindling supply of rental homes. In our ongoing series Squeezed Out, reporter Julia Ritchey explores what’s happening in Midtown, Reno’s trendiest neighborhood.

"This is a nice little space. So you can see, I have access to a backyard and a frontyard..."

Margie Hicks has lived in her two-bedroom, one-bath rental house on Caliente Street in Midtown for about six years.

She says back then, it wasn't hard to find a place to rent.

Squeezed Out, Part One: A Look Beyond The Lake In Tahoe

May 17, 2016
Courtesy Domus Development

The Reno-Tahoe area is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, impacting everyone from families to employers to even the police force. In this first story of our series on the subject, "Squeezed Out,"  Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt visited a side of Tahoe most people don't see. 

"I just kicked a liquor bottle, in a park where there are unfortunately a lot of kid bikes."

That's Heidi Hill-Drum, executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, showing me around one of the few affordable housing options in King's Beach: a run-down trailer park.

Locals are being priced out of the Tahoe housing market, according to a regional study due out this summer.

Driving along Lakeshore Boulevard, with Lake Tahoe glimmering in the spaces between elaborate lakefront homes, it's hard to imagine that anyone struggles financially here.

"Respondents to our survey were mostly full-time, professional residents and the majority of them are overpaying for housing, they have multiple jobs in alarming numbers and are seemingly struggling to make ends meet here."

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