Carson City, NV — The Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) highlighted some of its affordable housing successes during a recent visit by Jimmy Stracner, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Stracner’s visit focused on Richards Crossing, a 39-unit, affordable housing development in Carson City that NRHA owns and operates. He was joined during the tour by Tony Ramirez, HUD Field Office Director based in Reno.
The two HUD leaders toured the facility’s computer lab, library, and life skills counseling room, and learned about the on-site services that help tenants maintain housing while moving towards self-sufficiency.
From Left to Right: Tony Ramirez, HUD Field Office Director – Reno; Jimmy Stracner, HUD Regional Administrator for Region IX; and Bill Brewer, Deputy Director for NRHA visit the Richards Crossing library.
“HUD is passionate about getting people to work and into self-sufficiency,” Stracner said during the visit. “Richards Crossing is a beautiful building that is helping people do just that thanks to the Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s consistently high performing status among HUD public housing authorities.”
Leading the tour was NRHA’s Deputy Director Bill Brewer, who discussed the housing challenges low income Northern Nevadans face.
“Some teachers can’t afford to live in the counties they teach in,” Brewer explained. “They are traveling long distances to reach their classrooms because there’s so little housing available to them. Northern Nevada’s economy is booming, but the housing needs of our expanding workforce are not keeping pace.”
Brewer explained that NRHA is tackling this housing crunch in several ways. In addition to Richards Crossing, he discussed NRHA’s Home At Last program, which provided down payment assistance loans to 1,022 families last year so they could afford to purchase a home. He also highlighted partnerships NRHA has with Carson City and Douglas County that is providing decision makers there with potential solutions to increase the availability of affordable housing.
Stracner closed the discussion by applauding NRHA’s efforts. “Finding affordable housing for people is a unique mission and an important mission,” he said. “NRHA is a strong housing authority that is doing good work.”
About the Nevada Rural Housing Authority
The mission of the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) is to promote, provide, and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans. NRHA believes that when more Nevadans are able to purchase a home of their own or can find affordable rental units, all of Nevada benefits through stronger, more stable, and economically vital communities. To learn more, please visit the NRHA website and Richards Crossing webpage.
About the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Region IX
The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Across the country, HUD is organized into ten regions, each with an administrator. Region IX, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Region is under the leadership of Jimmy Stracner, Regional Administrator. To learn more, please visit the HUD website and HUD Region IX Office webpage.