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Nevada’s Free Housing Locator Service
Connects Landlords with Tenants
by Connie McMullen
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Northern Nevada is experiencing an overwhelming shortage of affordable housing as new business and industry locates into the area. Seniors and people with disabilities who once found housing readily available are now having difficulty affording even modest one-bedroom apartments in the Reno-Sparks area due to limited supply and increasing demand.

While developers are tasked with finding supplies, materials, and skilled labor to build new housing units quickly, the Nevada Housing Division has a tool to help consumers find housing that is currently available. The website is a statewide service helping landlords and tenants find each other explained Betsy Fadali, an economist with the Nevada Housing Division. The site offers a free search to all types of housing that includes rental and tax credit housing, single family, multi-family, mobile homes, and rooms for rent. Available 24-7 and supported by a tollfree, bilingual call center, Monday - Friday, the website has detailed property listings that include pictures and map links. Listings are updated by the call center, which also provides email reminders.

For consumers with disabilities, the site works with assistive technology enabling people to find the types of amenities included with a housing listing. Accessibility features include: units on first floor, automatic entry, doors with lever handles, bathroom raised toilets, rollin showers and grab bars, wide doors, accessible entry, and strobe fire alarms.

Renter Households in Washoe County

“There are over 43,000 units represented in listings as of September 2017,” Fadali said. The site also includes a statewide lowincome housing database found at Low_Income_Housing _Database/.

In Washoe County there are 10,428 units, with 26 percent listed as multifamily. Listings for senior restricted housing show “29 of 36 properties or about 70 percent of 2,400 as being rent capped or assisted units for seniors.”

The call center is open 6 a.m.5 p.m. Live assistance can be reached by dialing 1-877-428-8844. In northern Nevada,“The service is a onestop shop for affordable housing in Washoe, Carson, Lyon, and Douglas counties.”

The website also has information on the Home is Possible Homebuyer’s Program, and Weatherization Assistance Program.

Nevada Housing

How Many Nevada Renters Pay More than Half Their Income for Rent?

In Clark County nearly 80,000 renter households pay half their income or more for rent and utilities; in Washoe County about 17,000 households do. The data used to estimate these numbers comes from the American Community Survey five year estimates for 2010 to 2014. With average rents rising faster than average incomes, it is likely that these numbers already have increased in both regions. For example, for Las Vegas, Housing and Urban Development’s estimates for median income increased 5% from 2015 to 2017, and 7% for Reno. Over the same time average rent increased 13% in Las Vegas, and 26% in Reno.