A good home is much more than shelter. A good home means hygiene, regular meals, restful sleep, safety, dignity. A good home makes it easier to meet challenges, to maintain a steady job, attend school, to progress in life.
With the average monthly rent in Reno now nearly $1,500 — and with our region showing short about 12,000 housing units for extremely low-income and very low-income people — Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions (TMHS) is breaking ground in April 2022 on an innovative affordable home project that pairs low-income young adults with low-income seniors. The complex is affectionately called The Gen Den.
This intergenerational housing community, on land donated by the City of Reno on West Fourth Street, will feature 10 apartment homes, each about 400 square feet, with an entry foyer, living/dining area, bedroom, bath, and small terrace. Rents will be $500 a month, NOT subsidized, with age and income verified according to local, state, and federal standards. To obtain a lease, young adults will be required to assist their older neighbors with tasks like grocery shopping, heavy lifting and the wilds of cable and websites.
“From these ‘essentials’, we want a sense of companionship, community, and neighborly concern to flow,” said Monica DuPea, executive director of Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP), a local youth services nonprofit program that is developing the homes under its Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions affiliate.
Besides the City of Reno contribution, the $1.2 million project is being built entirely with private funds, in keeping with the bootstrapping, self-sufficient approach of Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. We have raised $600,000 to date and need $600,000 more to close the capital campaign gap for construction costs, municipality fees and to build out each tenant unit.
Right now, we need your financial support to make this project a reality. Your donation will speak volumes to the young women and seniors who will benefit from this affordable housing, as well as by our community, who would otherwise bear the burden of these insufficiently housed individuals. I have attached the site plan, floor plan and anticipated budget for your review. You can email me at Marilyn@NYEP.org, and I will call you to discuss a charitable gift. You can also contact the Executive Director, Monica DuPea at Monica@NYEP.org or 775-240-2195.
Your contribution will fund a 10-unit Senior and Young apartment complex. The complex will target low income seniors and young adults and provide clean and safe housing in a small scale village, rooted in cooperative community culture.
Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions (TMHS) is a 501©3 non-profit housing organization intended to further the public good, namely by adding more low income units (60% AMI or less) to the housing inventory. TMHS partners with Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) to maintain ongoing activities within its properties that give a sense of ownership and community, resulting in healthier homes, neighborhoods, and communities.
TMHS and its partner, NYEP, use area data to market affirmatively, which means that a reasonable effort is made to attract those minority or majority groups who are least likely to apply or are underrepresented in the neighborhood or community where the housing project is located.
Documented outreach strategies are used to connect and market to those individuals identified as least likely to apply.