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Nevada worst in nation at affordable housing, advocacy group says

By: - March 20, 2019 3:47 pm
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Number of affordable and available homes per 100 extremely low-income renter households, by state. National Low Income Housing Coalition/City Lab

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Number of affordable and available homes per 100 extremely low-income renter households, by state. National Low Income Housing Coalition/City Lab

No state in the nation has an adequate supply of affordable housing, and Nevada is the worst.

Nationally, for every 100 “extremely low-income” renter households, there are only 37 affordable and available rental homes.

In Nevada, there are only 19 homes per 100 extremely low-income renters, the lowest number in the country, according to a report released last week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

It’s worse still in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, with only 14 affordable homes available for every 100 extremely low-income households.

NLIHC describes “extremely low-income” households as those renters “whose household incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income.” The group says there are 90,300 such households in Nevada, and eight out of ten of them are paying more than half their total income on rent.

For “very low-income” households, those making between 31 and 50 percent of area median income, there are 38 affordable homes per 100 renter households. Eighty-seven percent of those households are paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent. For 43 percent of them, rent is more than half their income.

Nevada lawmakers have acknowledged the state’s housing shortage, although they themselves admit the proposals they are considering thus far — tax credits for and relaxed regulations and fees on developers — are not equal to the magnitude of the problem.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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