Mission, Values and History

Our Mission

The Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s mission is to promote, provide, and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans.

Our Values

NRHA is a strong organization that is:

  • supportive of its employees to help them feel successful in their personal and professional lives.
  • fiscally sound with appropriate financial reserves.
  • innovative in providing housing solutions for Nevada.
  • respected for its ability and expertise in housing.
  • effective and efficient at providing housing services to every rural community and to all rural Nevadans who are under-housed.

Our History

Getting You Home

NRHA was originally created as a state agency in 1973 and operated under the Department of Business and Industry as a Public Housing Authority. In 1995, NRHA was separated from State government by new legislation and became a local-governmental unit with its own five-member governing board appointed by the Nevada League of Cities and Nevada Association of Counties. In 2005, legislation AB372 clarified our jurisdiction and programs and established that our organization is not subject to the state budgetary process, enabling us to be more diverse and innovative in our services. Working with a consortium of public, private, and community partners, NRHA provides affordable housing and economic development solutions for rural Nevada. We believe that, when more Nevadans are able to purchase a home of their own or can find affordable rental units, we all benefit through stronger, more stable and economically vital communities. We believe that housing, especially affordable housing, is an integral piece of every community. While our mission focuses on affordable housing opportunities, we can use our knowledge, experience and resources to help rural cities and counties address a broader scope of development challenges within their communities.

Nevada Rural Housing Authority Milestones

1973 – NRHA created as State agency
1995 – NRHA became local-governmental agency with governing Board
2005 – AB372 separated NRHA from State budget allowing for new and expanded services
2006 – Launched the Home At Last™ homeownership program
2008 – Launched Weatherization services
2009 – Created the Community Development department
2009 – Launched Nevada’s first Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program
2012 – Home At Last™ launched Nevada’s first “TBA” Down Payment Assistance Program
2015 – Home At Last™ launched “customizable” Down Payment Assistance Program in rural Nevada
2017 – Home At Last™ launched new HAL Pals Program in rural Nevada, sponsoring pet adoptions at local animal shelters for all Home At Last™ Down Payment Assistance homebuyers

Incorporation Legislation

NRS 315.977 Creation of Authority; appointment of commissioners; quorum; majority vote required to carry question.

1. The Nevada Rural Housing Authority, consisting of five commissioners, is hereby created.
2. The commissioners must be appointed as follows:
(a) Two commissioners must be appointed by the Nevada League of Cities.
(b) Two commissioners must be appointed by the Nevada Association of Counties.
(c) One commissioner must be appointed jointly by the Nevada League of Cities and the Nevada Association of Counties. This commissioner must be a current recipient of assistance from the Authority and must be selected from a list of at least five eligible nominees submitted for this purpose by an organization that represents tenants of housing projects operated by the Authority. If no such organization exists, the commissioner must be selected from a list of nominees submitted for this purpose from persons who currently receive assistance from the Authority. If during his or her term the commissioner ceases to be a recipient of assistance, the commissioner may continue to serve as a commissioner for the remainder of the unexpired term for which he or she was appointed if he or she resides within the area of operation of the Authority.
3. After the initial terms, the term of office of a commissioner is 4 years or until his or her successor takes office.
4. A majority of the commissioners constitutes a quorum, and a vote of the majority is necessary to carry any question.
5. If either of the appointing entities listed in subsection 2 ceases to exist, the pertinent appointments required by subsection 2 must be made by the successor in interest of that entity or, if there is no successor in interest, by the other appointing entity.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 616; A 1977, 1190; 1987, 523; 1993, 1553; 1995, 812, 2695, 2696; 1997, 450; 2011, 1378)