Dear NHC Members and Stakeholders,
This legislative session, Nevada is poised to take an important step towards the preservation of our valuable affordable housing stock through SB 12. The bill, which was introduced by the State Advisory Committee on Housing in November and received its first hearing by the Senate Government Affairs Committee on March 8th, would require the owner of any housing that has been financed by federal low-income housing tax credits or money provided by a governmental agency and that is subject to affordability restrictions to provide written notice before terminating those restrictions.
Why is Notification Important?
The notification provisions in SB 12 will give the Nevada Housing Division and local governments advanced notice of properties exiting the affordable housing program. It will buy us some time to connect properties for sale with good affordable housing stewards and to assemble the resources to preserve some of these developments. Two years ago, we lost 500 units in downtown Reno at Courtyard Center and City Center to the Qualified Contract process. By the time the City of Reno learned of this sale, it was too late to act. With SB 12, the owner would have been required to notify the City in advance of opting out of the affordability restrictions. The bill also has tenant notification requirements that are unique to the Nevada bill, and will provide residents also with a heads up on the disposition plans for their development and resources for accessing other housing in the community.
We have 7,500 Units at High Risk of Losing Affordability Over the Next 5 Years.
Over the last several years Nevada has lost affordable units almost as fast as it creates new units, due to properties expiring out of their affordability restrictions or owners exercising a loophole in the regulations to opt early in a process called Qualified Contract. In fact, even with increased production over the last couple of years, Nevada’s net increase of affordable housing over the past 10 years has averaged just 136 units a year!
Based upon the National Low-Income Housing Coalition 2021 “Gap Report,” which was released this week, Nevada again has the least housing per capita in the country available to both low-income (< 50% of AMI) and extremely low-income households (<30% AMI)—by a wide margin!
Rehabilitating existing developments and keeping them affordable costs much less than building new, and of course, takes less time. That’s why preservation is essential component of a statewide affordable housing strategy.
SB 12 is a Great First Step Towards Preserving Our Valuable Affordable Housing Portfolio
We want to thank the Advisory Committee on Housing and its Chair, Senator Ratti, for their extraordinary work on this bill as well as the legislative working group that has made a number of suggestions for improving the original bill language.
If you have not yet submitted your thoughts on the need to preserve our existing affordable housing, please do so now! And if you want to stay up to date on all affordable housing activities this legislative session, please join NHC to receive our weekly updates that focus on NHC led bills and other bills we are monitoring.
Thank you for your support and engagement, Eric
All of our bills have been drafted (just got the final one today)! We are having meaningful stakeholder conversations and working hard on preparations for their introductions. Click on the bill numbers to view overview documents/graphics for each bill: SB12, AB331 and AB334, AB317.
NHC Priority Bills – 3/22/2021
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JUST RELEASED – 2021 NLIHC ANNUAL GAP REPORT
Our affordable housing shortage is extreme and we must take action now. Thank you to the research team for this valuable data that is collected annually. Unfortunately, once again, Nevada has some of the nation’s worst affordable housing statistics for our seniors, those with disabilities, caregivers and so many hard-working Nevadans.
The Nevada Housing Coalition audience is growing, and we want to make sure to capture highlights from our members and any special announcements. If you are a member and have something to share, please submit your request to our Executive Director, email@example.com.
Clark County is seeking a Landlord Engagement Specialist as part of its comprehensive efforts to support rapid rehousing. Click HERE for the announcement. Complete submissions are due by 5 pm on March 30, 2021.
Project Based (Housing) Voucher wait list will open on March 19, 2021 for Larios Arms II Apartments in Winnemucca. For more information and application details, please click HERE.
Just a few articles that caught our attention.
Mar. 19, 2021. 17 tribal communities in Nevada to get $10M in US relief. Associated Press
Calderon. Mar. 19, 2021. Tens of thousands of rental assistance applications in Clark County backlog as eviction moratorium expiring. The Nevada Independent.
Mar. 16, 2021. Commissioners cutting fees to boost affordable housing developments. KTNV Las Vegas.
Mar. 14, 2021. Southern Nevada home prices set new record while supply shrinks. Las Vegas Review Journal
Mueller. Mar. 7, 2021. Indy Explains: Housing affordability and lack of supply. The Nevada Independent.
There is so much information out there. NHC has highlighted some of the links that may provoke a good conversation with colleagues or further research.