NRHA Opens Richards Crossing Homeless/Veterans Apartment Complex

Nevada Rural Housing Authority celebrated the official opening of Richards Crossing in Carson City yesterday. The first of its kind in rural Nevada, Richards Crossing incorporates housing units and on-the-job training facility and community support services that are necessary to veterans, homeless and extremely low-income individuals.

Richards Crossing, located at 430 Jeanell Drive, features 38 single-family units, and through its innovative approach of also providing critical training and support services, the complex helps residents move toward self-sufficiency, positively contributing to the local economy and community.

Eight of the apartment units are reserved for chronically homeless veterans subsidized by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development VASH Program funds. The remaining 30 units will also receive Section 8, project-based rental assistance, and will be prioritized for veterans, disabled individuals and the general homeless population.

Giving many of its residents a new lease on life, Richards Crossing offers high-quality, energy-efficient housing along with supportive services through providers such as the Veterans Administration, the Veterans Resource Center, Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN), Carson City Social Services and Cornerstone Counseling. Thanks to CDBG funds provided through Carson City, a job-training center is also on campus, which will provide job training not only for tenants, but also up to 200 persons per year from the community. Friends In Service Helping (F.I.S.H.), a local service provider for the homeless in our area, has, through the generosity of Carson City community residents, provided furnishings for each of the apartments. Additionally, NRHA is working with the Northern Nevada Development Authority and Western Nevada College to establish the program to be utilized in the job training facility.

Use of Federal, State and Local development grants, and support from community partners and service providers have allowed the project to be completed without debt. Specifically, the project received financial assistance from the State of Nevada Division of Housing’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME Program through the Nevada Housing Division, 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds through Carson City, The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corp and American Express, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program/Charles Schwab Bank, and construction financing through Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment, and The Home Depot Foundation. The land for Richards Crossing was generously donated by longtime Carson City businessman Garth Richards and his family. The development team consists of Jeanell Drive Associates LLC, Nevada Rural Housing Authority, Nevada Rural Housing Inc., F.I.S.H., Q&D Construction, Stephen E. Harriman/Harriman Kinyon Architects, and Praxis Consulting Group, LLC. Northern Nevada Community Housing professionally manages the property.

For more information on Richards Crossing, contact Beth Dunning at NRHA at 775-887-1795.

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