By Christine Hess, Nevada Housing Coalition Executive Director
Dear NHC Members and Stakeholders,
“Home for the Holidays” has taken on a new meaning for us all this holiday season in the middle of a public health crisis. However, top of mind for all housing stakeholders, and certainly for us here at the Nevada Housing Coalition, are the many Nevadans who have lost their home, or are at high risk of losing their homes, due to COVID. Some of the solutions and efforts needed for our affordable housing challenges in Nevada are unique to the pandemic and many were needed before the pandemic.
Nevada Housing & COVID-19: Statewide Webinar Jan. 7
As this newsletter is written, we are anxiously awaiting congress, hoping that more relief will be on the way for Nevadans – this crisis is too big for any one state. Thank you, Governor Sisolak, for providing some relief to those unable to pay their rent right now by reinstating Nevada’s eviction moratorium; but this temporary relief must be accompanied by additional rental assistance to also keep our renters from falling further behind and our landlords and affordable housing properties healthy as well. Is more relief coming? The Nevada Housing Coalition will be hosting a statewide webinar to understand the status of the CARES Act relief, housing insecurity mediation efforts around the state and, hopefully, the WHAT, HOW and WHO of the additional bipartisan relief bill.
Collaborating for Progress – Inaugural statewide housing conference
Were you one of the 245 registered participants in our inaugural annual housing conference this fall? The three days were incredibly significant featuring guest speakers from around the country with conversations on the intersection of housing with health, education and business; adaptive reuse; the role of technology in our rental markets; preservation strategies for our existing affordable housing; and tools and solutions to increase our housing supply. And you were even able to participate live! Check out the full 2020 Nevada Housing Summit: Collaborating for Progress Report HERE which features links to the speaker bios, speaker slides, notes and videos of all the sessions. Huge shout out to our first-year sponsors including our presenting sponsors, FHLBank of San Francisco and Anthem.
Advocacy Advances - SAVE THE DATE JAN. 21 NV Housing Policy Preview
Some solutions for affordable housing come through stronger partnerships and innovative programs, and some come through policy changes. As Nevada prepares for the 2021 Legislative Session, there is great attention on how we can improve our housing policies statewide. The Nevada Housing Coalition itself is leading efforts on five different bills. Stay tuned for an agenda for our 2021 Nevada Housing Legislative Overview featuring the Nevada Housing Coalition and other leading housing advocates around the state.
Coalition Membership Grows Over 40%
Are you a member yet? Did you know that the Nevada Housing Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and your contribution may be considered, in part, a charitable contribution? The Nevada Housing Coalition brings together a diversity of stakeholders across sectors – public and private, from the north to the south, urban to rural – to promote and advance affordable housing options for all Nevadans. As a member, you receive benefits that include discounts to some of our events – but more importantly, you support the exciting and hard work to make a meaningful difference for affordable housing in Nevada. Some of our benefits include discounts for events and regular legislative updates throughout the 2021 session. For more information, please check out our membership packet Join the Nevada Housing Coalition.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Statewide Webinar Nevada Housing & COVID-19: The Next Phase featuring guests Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine, Nevada Housing Division Administrator Steve Aichroth and other Nevada Housing Leaders
Good news is on the horizon with the recent approval of vaccines and their arrival/imminent arrival in Nevada; however, our housing related challenges for our hardest hit Nevadans are still present. With the sunset of some of the initial funding Nevada received through the CARES Act on December 30th, what now? Is there short-term relief coming from Congress? How is Nevada planning to distribute additional funding to reach our Nevadans in need now?
Friday, January 8, 2021
Nevada Housing Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, January 2021
2021 Nevada Housing Legislative Preview
Nevada Housing Coalition is leading efforts for five bills this session related to housing preservation, development, and access. Tune in for more information on these bills. We have also tapped some other housing leaders in Nevada to share their updates during this Zoom Webinar.
2020 Nevada Housing Summit: Collaborating for Progress
Speakers from around Nevada and around the country helped inform, educate and activate over 245 Nevada housing stakeholders on the path toward an equitable housing recovery.
Link to all Session materials and recordings HERE.
The Nevada Housing Coalition audience is growing, and we want to make sure to capture highlights from our members and any special announcements. If you are a member and have something to share, please submit your request to our Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. This issue we are celebrating a couple of our members' achievements!
Nevada Rural Housing Authority awarded Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits 2020 Developments of Distinction Award: Desert Properties in Tonapah (View the AMAZING upgrades and property VIDEO)
Congratulations Nevada Rural Housing Authority for all your efforts to complete this award-winning project which included nine sources for financing and overcame a ticking clock and a government shutdown. Project Description HERE.
Nevada HAND, the largest nonprofit housing developer in the state, won three Best of Las Vegas awards this year. The nonprofit was awarded silver for the Best Nonprofit Organization, silver for the Best Active Adult 55+ Community, and, for the fourth consecutive year in a row, gold for the Best Senior Community. Nevada HAND is thankful for Southern Nevada’s support, as it ensures we are able to continue developing high-quality, affordable apartment communities that serve over 7,600 low-income seniors and families. Visit Nevada HAND
There is so much information out there. NHC has highlighted some of the links that you may find helpful, especially in these times.