Agency kicks off 2017 with new space, growing partnerships and program updates
Carson City, Nev. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) hosted more than 125 guests, partners and employees at its open house celebration on February 8 at its location at 3695 Desatoya Dr. in Carson City. The public open house showcased the agency’s expanded space, which is utilized by NRHA’s Home At Last™ team, and provided guests important updates on programs and partnerships.
In attendance and providing certificates of recognition of the ribbon cutting were representatives from the offices of: the Carson City Mayor, Congressman Mark Amodei, Governor Brian Sandoval, Senator Dean Heller and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Also in attendance were Rob Hooper, executive director of the Northern Nevada Development Authority and Alex Ortiz with the Clark County Assembly.
“We have a lot to celebrate and wanted to share these achievements with our community and partners,” Gary Longaker, NRHA executive director, said. “In the past year, NRHA’s programs have seen some major milestones – from providing $1 billion in mortgages since 2006 to serving 2,000 families needing rental services to our partnership with CPLC, 2016 was a big year. And there’s an even bigger 2017 on the horizon for NRHA.”
The event also welcomed NRHA’s new neighboring partner, Chicanos Por La Causa Nevada Inc. (CPLC), which now shares office space at the Desatoya Drive location. In August, NRHA formalized an agreement with CPLC, a community development corporation based in Arizona, to purchase property in Dayton on which CPLC will eventually develop single-family housing.
Also released at the open house were statistics relating to the Home At Last™ program. In 2006, NRHA launched its Home At Last™ program to help individuals and families attain homeownership through a variety of unique mortgage products including down payment assistance grants, affordable low-interest loans, and mortgage credit certificates that save homeowners tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Home At Last™ programs are available in every county in Nevada. In 2016, ten years since its inception, the program exceeded the $1 billion mark in mortgages provided, and the 5,700 mark in homebuyers assisted to date.
NRHA also introduced the employee-operated, non-profit Nevada Rural Community Partners organization to assist local, low-income youth. The group has recently organized a scholarship program aimed at providing students and their families the funds they need to participate in extracurricular activities.
“I believe in giving youth who live in poverty an opportunity to experience activities without the cost barriers,” Janet Thompson, NRCP president and NRHA employee, said. “If I can help one kid be able to do the things I wasn’t able to growing up, then my time spent is well worth it.”
About the Nevada Rural Housing Authority The Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) creates hope for the future by providing a full range of housing programs that help build and sustain independent communities. NRHA provides an innovative home financing program, rental support, and needs assessments to Nevada’s fifteen rural counties and the rural portions of Clark and Washoe counties, with a coverage area including 110,000 square miles and more than 1.3 million people. For more information, visit www.nvrural.org.