It's a growing problem across the nation called the "hidden homeless.” Families evicted from their homes are seeking shelter wherever they can afford it. With no funds for a deposit and troubled credit rating, renting can be a challenge, but that’s where Reno’s “ReStart” program can help.
ReStart executive director, Rachelle Pellissier says families that need one-time financial assistance to relocate may be eligible through one of their programs. Even though Nevada is still near the top of the list of states experiencing foreclosures, Pellissier says few people are seeking assistance. "We’re not seeing an influx and we're not hearing from other agencies that they're seeing an influx either,” she said.
Across the nation, many people forced from their homes are turning to motels that rent weekly or monthly. Reno has lots of these older inns that typically cater to low income and senior residents, but most motel managers say their business is actually down significantly from this time last year. Desk manger Deborah Holstein says she thinks people have found an even cheaper option. "We’re actually losing people who are moving in with family,” she said. “they can't afford this either". Holstin says that’s what her parents had to do after their home lost 75% of its value, and they could no longer afford to stay in it.
Rachelle Pellissier thinks this is unfamiliar territory for many families, who don’t know where to turn for help. But she encourages anyone who may be facing foreclosure to contact ReStart. If you or someone you know needs help, please click on the link below for more information, or call (775) 324-2622.
ReStart is open weekdays 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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