The City of Reno today announced a new housing and homeless resources webpage on the city’s website.
“It’s user-friendly and service-based,” said Elaine Wiseman, the city’s housing and neighborhood development manager.
The webpage provides links for those looking for affordable housing, those who want to build affordable housing, those who are homeless, and those who want to donate or volunteer.
The city touted its efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing, including more than 1,600 affordable housing units built in the past year.
Other initiatives include the tiny homes Hope Springs project on Sage Street, the Sage Street dorm project, the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services campus, the city’s new motel inspection program, Reno Works, and inclusionary zoning, which aims to provide incentives to builders for housing units targeted to low and moderate-income individuals.
Wiseman said that shelter populations remain consistent at 600 people being sheltered or in transitional housing, which is the same number as last year. The reason for the similar numbers is because shelters remain full.
An recent annual count of people who are homeless, however, showed that the number of unsheltered people in the area doubled from last year, Wiseman said.
From January of 2017 to January, 2018, the number went from 89 to 193.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.