Several officers of the local non profit, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP), recognized the need for low income housing through their experiences with the young women at NYEP. When program participants were ready to graduate the residential program, and move into their own housing, they were having trouble finding affordable housing. NYEP also learned, through a service learning project with UNR, that the need for low income housing is great among college students. In sampling 128 students, 10% reported experiencing housing instability within the last year. Then, in May of 2018, NYEP lost its affordable housing site, for graduates, to new development.
And with all the new businessnes moving in, Enterprise reports that in addition to the area's 60,000 unit shortage of affordabe housing, Washoe County is close to 12,000 units short of low income housing. Low income units serve people whose incomes do not allow them to pay more than 30-60%AMI on rent each month. Low income units are typically reserved for those earning wages or on fixed incomes that are below poverty level.
Nevada presently adds 15 units of low income housing to its inventory each year. At that rate, it will takes us 800 years to meet the current need. Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions (TMHS) was founded to specifically increase low income housing inventory. It's first project is a 9 unit inter-generational tiny house village. To effectively address the housing needs of the area, it will take all hands on deck, with everyone doing their part, and we’re ready to do ours!
Our mental models, or belief systems, guide our decision making. For example, regarding food, many poor people will think “is there enough”?...and middle income people will think “does it taste good”?...and wealthy people with think “does it look good?” With the housing shortage we are experiencing, we really need to be of the mental model, is there enough?
Our project team knows that low income housing is a method used to maximize economic and social opportunities. It also allows for quality-of-life amenities, like access to education, safe neighborhoods and parks, and public transportation, for the people TMHS serves.
TMHS will nurture partnerships that grow from a shared vision, trust, and credibility that provide the right support at critical moments. We believe a shared vision, shared risks, and a nurtured partnership will build the productive relationships that will result in successful low income development projects.
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