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A sign with an American flag that says, “Vote here/Vote aquí,” stuck into the grass next to a tree. The background is out of focus.
Trevor Bexon

Lawmakers in Nevada approved a bill to send every registered voter in the state an absentee ballot ahead of the 2020 election. However, where will one’s ballot be sent if they are experiencing homelessness? KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to Heather Carmen, the Assistant Registrar of Voters for Washoe County, about how to send and receive a ballot if you don’t have stable housing or an address.

An image of a car with a sign that reads we can't work, we can't pay, cancel rent.
Christina LaFon

Elise Dantzler has been working in restaurants since she was 15. But, like many in her industry, she was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That forced the 25-year-old Coloradan to rethink her living situation.

The economy may be on life support due to COVID-19, but housing sales across the nation soared in June, according to a report released Wednesday from the National Association of Realtors. It found that housing sales jumped about 20% nationwide compared to sales in May – the largest single-month recovery since the organization began collecting data. 

A white sign that says, "For Rent," in red.
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Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive that gradually lifts the moratorium on evictions starting this week. The eviction moratorium has been in place since late March to protect Nevadans from housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to Deonne Contine, the executive director of Washoe Legal Services, about what tenants can expect moving forward.

This story was powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative.

A surge of out-of-staters are fleeing major cities and purchasing homes in Montana, Wyoming and other parts of the Mountain West, according to real estate agents.

 

"These out-of-state buyers are just coming in droves," said D.J. Smith, president of the Missoula Organization of Realtors. 

A white sign that says, 'For Rent 1 Bedroom Suite,' in red letters. In the background is a blurry tree and building.
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Despite Governor Steve Sisolak’s moratorium on evictions, some tenants in Nevada are reporting that they’re being harassed or bullied.

A close up image of several open house signs.
Kent Kanouse / Flickr Creative Commons

Two states in the Mountain West have banned real estate agents from holding open houses to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak made the announcement on Wednesday, joining Colorado in the region.

Over the next few weeks, the Mountain West News Bureau is taking questions from listeners across the region about the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a question, email us at mountainwestnewsbureau@gmail.com or give us a call at 208-352-2079 and leave us a message. This service is powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative. 

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak en el edificio Grant Sawyer en Las Vegas.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak anunció la suspensión de desalojos para inquilinos residenciales y comerciales durante el estado de emergencia, lo cual brinda alivio a los inquilinos que, en muchos casos, llegarán al primer día del mes sin trabajo y seguirán bajo las órdenes de permanecer en casa por motivos de salud.


April Poley is a broker and real estate agent in Gillette, Wyoming. Lately she's been getting a lot of her potential clients through a business called Conservative Move.

A vacant lot with a church in the background.
Lucia Starbuck

A 20-story hotel might be built in downtown Reno along the Truckee River. But a building this tall would produce a giant shadow. That has people of different interests worried. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad spoke with Lucia Starbuck about the city’s decision on the hotel proposal.

The United States added more than 200,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While wages and jobs are growing in the Mountain West, they aren’t outpacing the skyrocketing cost of housing. 

Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Nevada System of Higher Education has unanimously approved University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson's proposal to house 1,300 students at a Circus Circus tower in Downtown Reno.

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Tom Rumble

The Truckee City Council is increasing the in-lieu housing fee for developers. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.


Bree Zender

Over the past several weeks, KUNR has been reporting on the affordable housing crunch in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Today, we speak to a man whose beloved cats essentially priced him out of the Reno rental market. Reno Public Radio’s Bree Zender spoke with him about his extended search for a home for himself, his cats, and his wife. 

Krysta Scripter

For years after the recession, there were zero new homes built in Fernley, which was dubbed the foreclosure capital of the US. In 2017, there were more than 200. It's part of a larger trend as people start to look outside of Reno/Sparks for a place they can afford to live. Our reporter Jacob Solis spoke to an official in Fernley to find out more.

The median sales price of a single-family home in Reno is now higher than it was during the peak of the housing boom just before the Great Recession.

This surge in pricing is reminding many in the region of the thriving market of the mid-2000s, as well as the devastation the ensuing crash caused to Northern Nevada.

Rob Sabo

Tariffs enacted on softwood lumber imported from Canada are helping create a "perfect storm" of escalating construction costs in Northern Nevada. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the details.

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New home listings in Washoe County for April were down 13 percent from a year ago. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada

A new affordable housing project is set to begin near downtown Reno.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

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