A trust fund for the acquisition, construction
Dollars deposited into the newly established Regional Housing Trust Fund will be used to increase and improve the supply of properties to “
Land countywide would be eligible for fund money, although the location
The idea sprung from county dialogue with Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada, also known as ACTIONN. The trust fund structure is used in communities nationwide.
Several people spoke in support of the ordinance at the Feb. 26 meeting, including Jessica Wise, on behalf of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She called skyrocketing housing prices a “public health crisis.” Without the ordinance, she said some people have to
“People within our community will be pushed off a cliff and into making difficult decisions for their families,” Wise said.
According to county literature, the trust fund will be established and administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada after it submits a review of financial records, written plans, proposals for disbursing and collecting money, and overview of operational costs. The Washoe County HOME Consortium would administer the solicitation and award process.
Any public money, donations from private sources, and other revenue to be deposited into the fund would be determined by county commissioners.
“At this time there is no funding source but this ordinance sets up framework for funds to come in,” Assistant County Manager Kate Thomas said.
Thomas said an in-place structure now allows private funds to be received sooner rather than later.
A report detailing statement of income, expenses, number of units constructed, amount of people assisted, disbursements and other uses for the fund would be provided to commissioners in one year and each year thereafter.
“Should needs change in the region, this ordinance would come back for a couple readings,” Thomas said. “So, given the plan and the ability to be modified with changing needs of our community, it’s really the better structure.”