Local military members impacted by Northern Nevada housing crisis

FALLON, Nev. (KOLO) The housing crisis is continuing to plague Northern Nevadans and this includes members of our armed forces. Local military members say their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) can't keep up with the high cost of living and housing shortage.

"I was driving around for about two months going house to house calling property managers, owners, asking them what the rent was," U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Maldonado says.

Maldonado says the cost of housing was more than his BAH so he had to turn to the Government Leasing Housing Program for help.

"It understands that the BAH is not adequate for the area so what it does is the army signs a lease for the house which allows me to live in a house that I could not afford with the BAH," Maldonado says.

Each year the military evaluates and determines the BAH for markets across the country and that determines how much each service member is given for housing.

"The problem is with Reno the prices are increasing so much that by the time it gets six months into the year it gets too expensive there would be about a couple hundred dollar gap in your rent," U.S. Army Sgt. Casey Lee, says.

According to Rent Cafe the average monthly rent in Reno is about $1300.

Housing Director for Naval Air Station Fallon, Token Barnthouse, says costs around Fernley and Fallon are just as high.

"That $1,300 average is starting to spill over into Fallon and Fernley and our housing allowance doesn't match up," Barnthouse says.

Barnthouse says there are housing projects in the works but the need is urgent and vital as more service members move to Northern Nevada.

"There are growths planned out there for the future but we have an immediate need now we are in a critical demand for our military families," Barnthouse says.

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