Affordable senior housing coming to Reno

Published: May. 21, 2019 at 9:05 PM PDT
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Construction for the 44-unit Willie J. Wynn Apartments is underway. The complex will feature one- and two-bedroom units for seniors. The complex is designed to support seniors aging in place. One of every four units will be dedicated to seniors transitioning from motels and shelters.

"We all know the issues related to affordable housing, especially for those vulnerable communities like seniors, but this was a community effort. This is bringing along the Wynn family, community, stakeholders, everyone that has a vision and what to say about what is coming into our communities that have been here so long," Oscar Delgado, Reno City Councilman for Ward 3, says.

The Reno Housing Authority estimates there are approximately 3,000 families in the Reno area waiting to find affordable housing.

"We have a severe lack of affordable housing in our community anyway, and it affects all of us, even if we can afford the changes. But the people who are most affected are the people at the bottom of the economic ladder who are on fixed incomes like seniors," Brent Boynton, of RHA, says.

Jacobs Entertainment also made a more than $1 million contribution to this new complex.

"Well, we're happy to be part of the revitalization of Reno, and including those that need the help the most, providing affordable housing for seniors, which is what we are participating in today," Jeff Jacobs, of Jacobs Entertainment, says.

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