Residents reacting to affordable housing crisis

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The new Steamboat by Vintage Apartments have been completed and the City of Reno has reached half of the goal that was set back in mid-September to build 1,000 homes in 120 days.

Naomi Duerr, Reno Vice Mayor said the construction continues as the Biggest Little City works hard to make it more affordable for families to live.

"The housing demand has far out stripped the supply with all the new businesses moving in, I don’t care what price point you are which is why development has continued," Duerr said.

The completion of the new 360-unit housing development in south Reno is helping the city provide more room for families and single people looking for a more affordable option.
Laurie Lignowski has lived in Northern Nevada for nearly 40 years and says more needs to be done to provide a better way to live.

"It seem like more new construction is luxury and expensive places and I don’t see a lot of affordable places going up, I mean the affordable places I have seen go up are the section 42 tax credit properties," Lignowski said.

Lignowski said the income for many in this area isn't enough to pay for the high rents that have increased in such a short amount of time. She calls it a crisis that is hurting Northern Nevadans.

"It makes it extremely difficult for those families and I don’t even know how some of the families are able to do it because their income is not going up nearly as much as the rent is going up," Lignowski said.

Mayor Hillary Schieve made an announcement a little over a month ago to push for affordable housing.
She said she plans to lower costs and have developers pay city fees at a later date in order to build faster.

"The city’s goal right now is affordable housing and when someone says they can bring affordable housing into that magnitude the city certainly wants to hear the ideas and how you are going to make it happen," Schieve said.

City leaders are working with developers to put an end to the growing crisis as quickly as possible.

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