FebRUARY 2023

From the Executive Director

This month marked the start of the 82nd Session of the Nevada Legislature with early signs pointing to a busy season of affordable housing advocacy. Policy can feel complex and complicated…and it is, but it is also how some meaningful change can happen. Join us for our February Lunch & Learn to get a high level overview of the Session and a glance at the housing bills the Coalition is currently tracking. Also, we are excited to welcome the Western Governors’ Association to share the housing conversations happening around the west. 

How are you going to stay on top of it all? NHC Members will receive regular Legislative updates. If this is an area of interest for you, I encourage you to join NHC so we can keep you informed!

Lastly, please Save the Date for our Affordable Housing Day at the Legislature on May 1st. This in-person event in Carson City will feature individual meetings and a lunch with our Legislators. More details coming soon!


The 82nd Session of the Nevada Legislature has begun! NHC Members will receive regular Legislative updates on affordable housing policy. If this is an area of interest for you, I encourage you to join NHC so we can keep you informed!

Applications for Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Nevada Targeted Fund are Open

The 2023 application window for the new Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Nevada Targeted Fund is now open. To help applicants prepare for the funding competition, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco is hosting an informational Q&A session on February 23rd at 11am to answer questions on eligibility, scoring, documentation requirements, financial review, and general guidelines. Click here to register. You can also watch the recorded information session here.

Important Deadlines:

  • March 2nd – Last day to register your application in WorkSpace
  • March 9th – Application Deadline

In case you missed it, you can watch past events featuring information on the AHP General and Nevada Targeted Fund on our YouTube channel:

ElevateNV Affordable Housing Kick-Off: Building Skills to Build Housing

ElevateNV Affordable Housing Selects 4 Nevada Projects as Project Catalyst Funds Awards

Funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco as a part of the ElevateNV initiative, the Project Catalyst Fund provides grants for consulting and technical assistance to developers with affordable and supportive housing projects in development. This fund prioritizes projects by emerging and nonprofit organizations with less than 5 years’ experience in affordable housing development and projects that dedicate 60% of their units to residents living at 50% or below the area median income.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Foresight Housing Partners for Pura Vida Senior Housing in North Las Vegas (74 Units)
  • Two Sparks and Two Hearts Development for Sutro Senior Sanctuary in Reno (120 Units)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada for Golden Rule Senior Apartments Phase II (60 Units)
  • Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions for Sunset Apartments (38 Units)

Altogether, the Project Catalyst Fund is supporting capacity-building for the development of 292 units of affordable housing for Nevadans.


Wednesday, February 22nd

12:00 – 12:45pm via Zoom

Nevada Housing Policy Update: The 2023 Session

Join us for our February Lunch & Learn where we will discuss all things housing policy!

We will kick off our discussion with a regional perspective on discussions happening in the west on housing policy. We are excited to welcome Chennou Xiong, Policy Associate at Western Governors’ Association (WGA), who will share WGA’s recent engagements relative to housing driven by their members.

As we roll into the 82nd (2023) Session of the Nevada Legislature, NHC will give an overview of its advocacy work through the Interim and share the legislative tracking that is available to NHC Members. We are pleased to work with Mendy Elliott, Senior Vice President & Director of Public Affairs at Flynn Giudici Government Affairs, to support our policy development and government affairs work. Mendy will provide an overview of the Session and what we can expect for pace and process…if there is an expectation!

Partner Updates

RFP for Clark County Community Land Trust Administrator Released

Clark County is in the process of creating the Welcome Home Community Land Trust which will provide homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income first-time homebuyers in Clark County. They are expecting to request proposals from developers and open applications from homebuyers in 2023 and 2024.

Click here for more information or to respond to the RFP.

Member Moments

NHSSN Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Jefferson West Community

This month, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHSSN) celebrated the ribbon cutting of its newest property, Jefferson West Community. This 6-unit apartment building was recently renovated with the help of community partners.

Nevada Rural Housing Offers Homeownership Programs for Rural Nevada

Nevada Rural Housing is helping deliver funds dedicated to getting rural Nevada residents into affordable homeownership.

Buy in Nye opens doors to two forgivable down payment assistance options paired with a 30-year first mortgage with a below-market interest rate ensuring long-term affordability. The program can be paired with the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) for additional benefits. Click here for the informational flyer.

Home Means Nevada Rural Down Payment Assistance Program opens the door to a $15,000 forgivable down payment assistance along with a 30-year fixed-rate competitive mortgage, which can also be paired with the MCC. Click here for the informational flyer.

NHC Member Advocates for Senior Housing in Published Article

Marsy Kupfersmith, NHC Member and elder rights and affordable housing advocate, recently had her article, Affordable Senior Housing Needed to Age in Place, published in Senior Spectrum, Nevada’s leading magazine for senior citizens. Congratulations Marsy and thank you for sharing your voice with the Nevada Housing Coalition! Click here to read the article beginning on page 3.

Nevada Housing Division Names Chief Financial Officer

Nevada Housing Division (NHD) has announced that former State Controller, Catherine Byrne, has been named NHD’s Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for managing financial and investment activities of NHD’s affordable housing programs as well as general financial and information technology functions of the agency. Read the full press release here.

Nevada Rural Housing Announces Director of Rental Services

Nevada Rural Housing has announced Lourdes Zuniga-Perez as Director of Rental Services. Lourdes has been with the company since 2015 and brings an extensive background of leadership and managerial experience to the position. Read the full press release here.

Second Annual Job Fair

Foresight Housing Partners

Foresight Housing Partners is seeking to fill positions for a Junior Financial Analyst and a Staff Accountant. The Junior Financial Analyst will support the day-to-day operations of the CFO in managing the Finance and Accounting functions of the firm and its projects. The Staff Accountant will ensure the company’s accounting matters are handled and will be responsible for project accounting, heavy spreadsheets and analyzing various accounting data. Click here for additional information and to apply.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas (HFHLV) is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator. This position is responsible for all aspects of HFHLV’s volunteer and community outreach program including recruitment, retention, processing, and volunteer coordinators. Click here to read the full job description To apply, submit a completed job application found on the website or send your resume to careers@lasvegashabitat.org.

Nevada Housing Division

Nevada Housing Division (NHD) is seeking a Grants and Projects Analyst 2 for their Carson City office. This position will develop and implement and/or assess, monitor, control, and review grant-in-aid projects/programs administered by State agencies and provide assistance to recipients in evaluating program effectiveness. Click here to read the full job description and to apply. Questions can be directed to karacarmonne@admin.nv.gov.

Reno Housing Authority

Reno Housing Authority is currently seeking to fill positions for Director of Development, Senior Project Manager of Construction, and Senior Project Manager of Development Finance. The Director of Development will lead, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations for the Housing Authority’s Development Department. The Senior Project Manager positions will coordinate and oversee funding and construction for multiple capital improvement projects relating to affordable housing. Click here for additional information and application instructions. Questions can be directed to Darren Squillante, HR Director, at dsquillante@renoha.org.

2023 NHC Board of Directors

Congratulations and thank you to some of Nevada’s top leaders in affordable housing! Last month, eligible NHC members voted to confirm the 2023 Nevada Housing Coalition Board of Directors. The Board of Directors then elected their Officers.

Board Chair: Bill Brewer
Nevada Rural Housing Authority
Carson City, NV

Vice Chair: Lorri Murphy
Ovation Development
Las Vegas, NV

Treasurer: Eric Novak
Praxis Consulting
Reno, NV

Secretary: Elaina Mulé
Charles Schwab Bank
Las Vegas, NV

Audra Hamernik
Nevada HAND
Las Vegas, NV
*Elected for second term

Rae Lathrop
Desert Spring Community Resource Center
Las Vegas, NV
*Elected for third term

Brooke Page
Las Vegas, NV

Emily Paulsen
Anthem Nevada Medicaid / Anthem, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV

Pat Petrie
City of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
*Elected for third term

Mike Shohet
Compass Development
Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Mae Worthey-Thomas
Nevada Housing Division
Las Vegas, NV
*Elected for third term

Nonprofit & Government
Advent UMC
Empowering Others

Brandon Gaeta
Ariel Martinez


City of Reno
Frame Architecture, Inc.

Nonprofit & Government
Commission on Minority Affairs
Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHSSN)
One Truckee River
Opportunity Alliance Nevada

Donna Clontz
Tim Kosier

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