Housing

New report warns of potential homeless surge following the pandemic

BY: - August 12, 2021

If Nevada isn’t careful, the state could see a spike in homelessness in the next couple of years.  A new report from Brookings Mountain West at UNLV released Monday — “How Did Homelessness Change During the Great Recession and Recovery” — draws on lessons from the foreclosure crisis starting in 2007, which was followed by […]

‘The dead of heat’: How Southern Nevada helps the unhoused survive summer

BY: - August 9, 2021

Temperatures spiked to more than 110 degrees in Southern Nevada last week. It was the fourth time this summer the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning, which represents 18 days of extreme heat. While most people can spend the hot day inside in air conditioned comfort, Paul Ge got on a bus and […]

Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates

BY: and - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The […]

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable […]

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Sisolak: “There is not another state extension of the eviction moratorium coming”

BY: - July 29, 2021

As the federal eviction moratorium ends Saturday, Gov. Steve Sisolak says the structures put in place, including legislation that connects the eviction process to rental assistance applications, are enough to prevent at risk Nevadans from being locked out.  Though Covid-19 cases have been rising, prompting the return of other mitigation efforts such as mask mandates, […]

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Long housing voucher wait lists prompt calls for action in reconciliation bill

BY: - July 23, 2021

Nevadans wait an average of 38 months, more than three years, to receive housing vouchers, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  And unless the federal government expands and intensifies its meager housing voucher program, those wait times won’t be getting any shorter, the report concludes. The group […]

House launches probe of moratorium-defying evictions at weekly apartments

BY: - July 22, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, legal groups, housing justice organizers and tenants have warned that weekly stay apartments have been ousting renters despite federal and local protections.  Bailey Bortolin, the statewide advocacy, outreach and policy director for the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers, likened actions taken by some corporate landlords to circumvent eviction moratoria as “driving […]

Clark County hears ideas for spending $440 million in ARP housing money

BY: - July 15, 2021

With $440 million that Clark County will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act, commissioners see the rare allotment of federal funding as a gift to not only invest in the recovery of Southern Nevada but also to fix Southern Nevada’s housing crisis.  County Commissioners sought feedback from nonprofits and social service providers Wednesday to […]

Against all odds, Las Vegas housing market defies experts 

BY: - July 6, 2021

Las Vegas, dubbed the riskiest housing market in the nation less than a year ago by real estate analyst CoreLogic, is on track to price the working class out of the market by the end of the year, says Las Vegas Realtors president Aldo Martinez, and Wall Street is scrambling to scoop up the rentals […]

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Vacation rental prices skyrocket for summer

BY: - July 1, 2021

That Fourth of July getaway in the vacation home of your dreams is likely to cost more this year than pre-COVID.   Vacation rental rates are up more than 50% from 2019 in some locations, according to the website TripstoDiscover.com, which found price increases may be thwarting travel to favored destinations in favor of less expensive […]

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Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of federal eviction relief […]

More mortgage assistance on the way — eventually

BY: - June 23, 2021

Mortgage assistance may be coming soon for Nevada homeowners who have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Nevada is set to receive $121 million in Homeowner Assistance Funds, approved as part of the American Rescue Plan. On Tuesday, the state Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee accepted the first 10% of those funds. Lawmakers welcomed the additional […]