RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Dozens of the area’s seniors in need are about to upgrade their housing.
The Reno Housing Authority has unveiled its latest completed project - the Willie J. Wynn Apartments - which will house low-income seniors in the Reno/Sparks region.
”We’re seeing them price out of the market,” said Amy Jones, executive director of the Reno Housing Authority. “They don’t have the opportunity to gain more income.”
The building features 44 units, comprised of one and two bedroom apartments. There’s community laundry areas, as well as a library, fitness room, computer workspace, a wellness center and more.
Outside, a large patio-area includes a barbecue grill, horseshoe pit and there’s also a small dog park.
“We wanted to provide them a facility they could age in place, with many amenities to continue living here and enjoy living here,” said Jones.
The building is named after Willie J. Wynn, a pioneer in the Reno/Sparks community who was the first African American to be part of the Governor’s cabinet in the Silver State.
Wynn, a longtime pastor, was also an early commissioner of the Reno Housing Authority. The place where his church once stood is now the home of the new senior-living facility in his name.
“My dad made room for anybody,” said Patricia Wynn Tau, Willie’s daughter. “Looking at this complex, I say ‘Gosh, dad, there’s room!’”
“To be remembered 35 years later says a lot about this community,” said Bishop John Wynn, Willie’s son. “Not forgetting what he did for the people.”
The Willie J. Wynn Apartments are currently accepting applications, though Jones says the demand is high. Tenants will be selected based on income and situation. The rents range from around $430 to $730 per month.
The complex also has a partnership with Washoe County. 12 of the 44 units will be reserved for seniors getting back on their feet, with case management services included.
Source: KOLO 8 News
The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority marked a new beginning with the rehabilitation of the Pecos Apartments’ existing 20 units. The groundbreaking ceremony was limited and only available virtually on Facebook Live to the media and public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority is converting the existing 1310 Pecos Street Apartments into a Permanent Supported Housing Facility called Desert Hope Apartments. This project is designed to serve a population with incomes at or below 30% Area Median Income (AMI) that are residents of the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County who have extremely low or very low incomes.
“We wanted to create a living space that would not only be long-lasting for our residents but comfortable for their families,” said Marcos Montes, Board Chairman of Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority. “Our goal is to provide safe and affordable housing to our community and this apartment rehabilitation development is providing just that.”
Despite the safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority was able to invite the Community and key stakeholders to participate virtually. They decided to work innovatively and hosted the virtual event on Facebook Live. Mayor Ken Miyagishima, officials from Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, and other affordable housing advocates participated in the Facebook Live groundbreaking event.
For more information on the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, log onto their website at https://www.mvpha.org. Members of the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County communities are invited to watch the groundbreaking ceremony in its entirety www.facebook.com/MVPHA.
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Steamboat by Vintage is finally opening after breaking ground a little over a year ago. City officials are hoping this new housing development will provide some relief, to working families struggling to keep up with rising rent costs.
Steamboat by Vintage is finally opening after breaking ground a little over a year ago.
City officials are hoping this new housing development will provide some relief to working families struggling to keep up with rising rent costs.
The complex is just off of Virginia Street near the Summit Mall... Past the roundabout at Geiger Grade and Veterans Parkway.
Rents top out at a little over $1,100 a month for a three bedroom, and they go down from there.
To qualify tenants need to make at or below 60 percent of the median income for the area.
Residents will have access to a large range of amenities once the property is done being built.
"We have a 24 hour fitness center, a playground, a walking trail throughout the property, a basketball court. So really amenities spread throughout the property," says Jim Zaccheo one of the property developers.
He says they plan to have a new building up and running each month, and residents have already started to move in.
"A lot of these families have been living two to three families to an apartment, and now they can afford something of their own. We had a lady come in the other day with tears in her eyes, saying this is the nicest place she has ever lived," says Zaccheo.
City officials say they know affordable housing in Reno is a problem. They want to hear from individuals that face this struggle every month when rent is due.
"We also just set up a tenants rights ward at the City of Reno. We're all making appointments to that ward and that's a place where people can go and come and discuss challenges that they are having," says Vice Mayor Naomi Duerr.
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2019 MFE Awards, Affordable Senior, Grand: Vintage at the Crossings
High-tech companies moving into Reno, Nev., have boosted job growth and made it one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. But it has also caused housing and rental prices to double in the past several years, affecting seniors on limited fixed incomes.
Humphreys and Partners Architects designed the development and its amenities to cater to the senior residents, including those with disabilities. All of the units are either ADA and Fair Housing Act compliant or adaptable, with three large elevators, wide hallways, and roll-in showers designed to allow aging in place.
The four-story building features a gathering room with a community kitchen and dining area, a fitness facility, a computer center, an arts and crafts room, a cinema room, a library, and a private event space that residents can use for family gatherings. Outdoor spaces include accessible paths that connect to the community barbecue area, a large community garden area with planting beds and irrigation, outdoor seating areas, and a bocce court.
The development team also prioritized energy efficiency and went above and beyond what is required by state and local standards for market-rate housing, providing utility savings for the senior residents. It has an overall energy-efficient rating equivalent to Energy Star 3.1 or greater, with Energy Star appliances and windows, auto-motion sensors throughout, and a highly efficient heating and cooling system.
The project received support from the city, county, and state. The city of Reno expedited the approval and permit process and allocated bond cap, while Washoe County allocated HOME funds, and the Nevada Housing Division allocated 4% low-income housing tax credits, bond cap, and gap funding.
Rep. Dina Titus and FHLBank San Francisco Announce $1.25 Million in Funding for Affordable Housing in Las Vegas
Funding Will Preserve 125 Homes Affordable to Lower-Income Households
SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1) announced that the representative’s Las Vegas District will receive $1.25 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funding to rehabilitate Archie Grant Park, a 125-unit public housing complex that serves seniors and people with disabilities.
“Access to affordable housing remains a serious problem for the most vulnerable in our community, and this initiative will help those struggling to make ends meet,” said Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). “Every other concern in life looks trivial if you are worried about having a roof over your head.”
The Las Vegas grant is part of a total $51.2 million in AHP grants to 60 projects that will construct or rehabilitate 5,134 units of housing affordable for lower-income families and individuals in six states – Arizona, California, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Texas.
Twenty-one FHLBank San Francisco member financial institutions, working in partnership with community-based housing developers, submitted successful applications for AHP funds in the 2019 competition, with grants ranging from $96,000 to $1.5 million. This funding will help provide targeted housing solutions for low-income seniors, people who’ve experienced homelessness, veterans and their families, at-risk youth, autistic adults, and individuals with other special needs, including addiction, developmental disabilities, mental illness, or long-term chronic illnesses.
“The AHP is central to our mission of expanding access to quality housing for people of all income levels,” said Greg Seibly, President and CEO, FHLBank San Francisco. “The grants are delivered through our members to nonprofit development partners to address local needs. As so many families and individuals struggle to afford a place to call home, we are pleased that our AHP dollars can help address an affordable housing crisis that hits the regions our members serve especially hard.”
In Rep. Titus’ District, the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority partnered with Bank member Charles Schwab Bank to secure a $1.25 million AHP grant to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Archie Grant Park public housing development, which will provide residents with a range of supportive case management services.
The AHP is a flexible source of gap funding for affordable housing projects for very low-, low-, and moderate-income households. Details about the 2019 AHP grant winners are available on fhlbsf.com.
Affordable Housing Program
The Bank sets aside 10% of its earnings each year to fund the AHP, with a portion of that funding allocated to two first-time homebuyer downpayment assistance programs. Since 1990, the Bank has awarded over $1.1 billion in AHP funds to support the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of nearly 142,000 units of quality affordable housing for lower-income households. The Bank’s member financial institutions, working in partnership with community-based housing sponsors or developers, compete for AHP grants by submitting applications for specific projects. AHP-funded projects represent a wide range of strategies and solutions, from historic preservation and adaptive reuse to new construction and rehabilitation. Where AHP projects are developed, local economies also get a boost, as these projects create jobs, increase construction and consumer spending, and generate new tax revenues.
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Nevada lawmakers passed several housing-related bills in the recently concluded legislative session, affecting such issues as construction defect claims, affordable housing development and evictions.
Here’s a look at some key new laws.
Four years after Republican lawmakers raised barriers to pursuing lawsuits alleging shoddy construction, the Democratic-controlled Legislature made the process easier.
Assembly Bill 421, which will take effect Oct. 1, lets homeowners report supposed construction defects in “reasonable” detail when submitting a notice to a builder or contractor. The previous law required “specific” detail with “exact” locations.
Among other changes, homeowners also have up to 10 years after the work in question was finished to pursue a claim. The previous law gave them six years.
Backed by attorneys, the measure rolled back provisions of the homebuilder-supported law from 2015, which cracked down on construction defect litigation a decade after Las Vegas’ wild building spree.
Ardea Canepa-Rotoli, a board member at the Nevada Justice Association, a lobbying group for lawyers, said last month that the 2015 law “restrained” homeowners’ rights.
Construction defect litigation is “significantly down” in Nevada, but “it’s not because magically there’s no more defects,” she said.
Lobbyist Nat Hodgson, chief executive of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, said Friday the bill’s final version “turned out a lot better” than its initial one. According to Hodgson, the measure was introduced as a “full repeal” of the 2015 law.
Hodgson said the biggest issue is the 10-year window for submitting construction defect claims. He contended the extended deadline will raise builders’ insurance costs.
Lawmakers gave the affordable housing market a boost with incentives that could help spark more projects for low-income Nevadans.
Senate Bill 103, which will take effect July 1, authorizes local governments to reduce certain fees for affordable housing projects. Senate Bill 448, which will fully kick in Jan. 1, lets the state issue $10 million in transferable tax credits annually for four years to help finance new projects.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Nevada has a shortage of more than 73,000 affordable and available rental homes for “extremely low income” tenants.
In Nevada, most money for affordable housing projects comes from the federal government, and SB448 creates the first new source of state money for such projects since the early 1990s, said Eric Novak, founder of Reno-based Praxis Consulting Group.
Developers build about 1,000 units of affordable housing statewide each year, and state officials estimate the tax credits will increase production by 600 units, said Mike Shohet, chief real estate development officer at Las Vegas-based Nevada HAND, an affordable housing developer.
He said developers would sell the tax credits to investors and use the proceeds to help pay for projects.
Starting July 1, Senate Bill 151 will bolster protections for tenants by capping late fees at 5 percent of their regular rent and requiring more time to pass before a landlord can evict them for falling behind on their payments.
The law also gives tenants more time to thwart an impending eviction by paying their landlord up to seven business days after they were served an overdue-rent notice, compared to a maximum of five business days under the previous law.
An eviction notice “requires you to stop everything you’re doing to try to navigate this emergency,” said Bailey Bortolin, policy director with the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers. “This new time frame will make sure the tenant has a weekend in there to figure out what their next step is.”
Landlords will also be required to allow an evicted tenant to retrieve essential belongings, like medication, for five days after they are locked out.
The measure faced heavy opposition from real estate organizations after portions of the dead Senate Bill 256 were amended into it in the final days of the Legislature. Those provisions included the late-fee cap and the five-day window to retrieve belongings.
Nevada Realtors President Keith Lynam said he and his members felt “hoodwinked” to see the SB256 provisions resurface after they had come to an agreement with lawmakers on SB151.
He said in a statement that the new law “will harm tenants and property owners” throughout the state and discourage Nevadans “from renting out their homes.”
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal
2019 CHARLES L. EDSON TAX CREDIT EXCELLENCE AWARD PUBLIC HOUSING Winner Rose Gardens Senior Apartments, North Las Vegas, NV
The Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards recognize outstanding Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) developments across the nation at the forefront of creating stronger, healthier communities.
Source:The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
Read about the Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) with insights from Praxis President Eric Novak from the Novogradac 2019 Affordable Housing Conference. With discussion on "Why Convert to RAD?" and the current challenges facing the RAD program.
Full Article here
Source: Novogradac & Company LLP
Several people dressed in a mix of coats, jackets and other warm clothing sought refuge underneath a white canopy as wind gusts whipped the surrounding area on a chilly Tuesday afternoon.
Councilman Oscar Delgado of Reno’s Ward 3 steps up to the podium and smiles at the crowd.
“Man, I love this weather,” Delgado said, earning laughs from the crowd.
Today, dirt and construction equipment fill the vacant lot across the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. By spring of next year, a new 44-unit apartment complex will stand on this long-vacant piece of land on the corner of Sutro Street and Hillboro Avenue.
With more than 6,400 new apartment permits approved in Washoe County from 2016 to 2018, the 44 units that will make up the Willie J. Wynn Apartments — named after the late community leader who became the first African-American to serve in a cabinet-level position in Nevada — might not seem like a lot. This Reno Housing Authority project, however, helps fulfill a pressing need that the community continues to clamor for: affordable housing.
With only 21 affordable rental homes available for every 100 extremely low-income residents in the greater Reno metro area according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Gap Report, any addition to the market’s insufficient supply is seen as cause for celebration. The Reno Housing Authority, for example, was forced to close its waiting list for people seeking affordable housing assistance after it ballooned to about 3,000.
“This is a drop in the bucket,” said Brent Boynton, Reno Housing Authority Community outreach coordinator. “But we are always happy to celebrate any move in the right direction (for affordable housing).”
‘Helping people up’
Reno is in the midst of a rental crisis.
With strong demand putting constant pressure on the area’s apartment supply, average rents in the area — which broke the $1,300 mark early last year — are the highest they have ever been, according to data from real estate consulting firm Johnson Perkins Griffin. Even when adjusted for inflation, the number represents a 42 percent increase from early 2012.
The sharp spikes in average rent are hitting Reno’s most vulnerable populations especially hard. These include those at the lower end of the financial spectrum, many of whom are either living from paycheck to paycheck or on fixed incomes.
The Willie J. Wynn Apartments is a project born from the need to help those who are struggling the most from Reno’s worsening housing affordability crisis, according to its supporters.
“The city of Reno is booming,” Delgado said. “But not all families are feeling that.
“One of the great things about this project is that we’re helping people up.”
The apartment will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom units designed to accommodate seniors who want to age in place. Amenities include a community and service space, outdoor barbecue area and a dog park.
The apartment’s focus on seniors holds special meaning to the family members of the project’s namesake, Willie J. Wynn. In addition to holding a cabinet-level position under former Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt, Wynn also served as a reverend. The site of the former Greater Harvest Church — which Wynn founded in 1966 — is right next to the apartment project. The old church building still stands, but is now owned by the Reno Housing Authority.
“My father loved Nevada and he loved this community,” Patricia Wynn-Tau said. “He vowed to help people from all walks of life and one thing he always wanted was to have affordable housing for seniors.”
A community responsibility?
Despite the great need for affordable housing in Reno-Sparks, getting a project done is tough in today’s environment.
The Willie J. Wynn Apartments, for example, is the first new housing project by the Reno Housing Authority in more than two decades, said Executive Director Amy Jones. The biggest challenge? That would be acquiring the requisite financing.
The housing authority's latest project required $13 million in total funding from multiple public and private sources. On the private sector side, Wells Fargo was mentioned as a major funder. Jacobs Entertainment also donated $1.5 million as part of a deal between the company and the Reno Housing Authority after it purchased several blocks of property downtown. One of those properties acquired by Jacobs include Reno Housing Authority land valued at $1 million.
CEO Jeff Jacobs says the Willie J. Wynn Apartments project “helps a little bit” but added that there is still a huge need for more affordable housing projects. One potential opportunity involves housing being planned for Jacobs’ downtown Neon Line District project, which was previously called the Fountain District.
“Between First Street and Sixth Street west of downtown to Keystone, there’s potential to create maybe 2,000 residential units,” Jacobs said. “I’d like to see if we can keep 10% of them as affordable senior (housing).”
Doing so could help diminish some of the criticism Jacobs Entertainment received after it demolished several of the motels that it purchased after its downtown acquisition spree. While the motels were in terrible shape, they also served as de facto affordable housing for the tenants who lived in those properties.
Jones of the Reno Housing Authority agreed that more needs to be done to address the great need for affordable housing in Reno-Sparks. With a waiting list in the thousands for affordable housing, including not just seniors but single parents and young children, even the Willie J. Wynn Apartments will not come close to filling the affordable housing gap when it opens next year.
Jones challenged other members of the community — whether it be public or private sector members — to do their part in becoming a solution to the problem.
“Forty-four units of affordable housing will not solve this problem,” Jones said. “Affordable housing is the work of our entire community.”
Source:Reno Gazzette Journal