The Clark County Commission today unanimously approved a plan to help fund seven affordable housing developments that, in total, would add 602 apartments for seniors or low-income families.
As of January 2020, more than 1,100 county-supported affordable housing units have been built or are under construction. Additionally, the county is working with a developer to build over 100 affordable homes for sale in the Southwest Valley.
“These developments will provide much-needed affordable housing for our older neighbors and families struggling to make ends meet,” said Board Chairman Jim Gibson. “It’s important that we continue to support the construction of new affordable homes in Southern Nevada so that residents of all income levels have safe and decent places to live.”
The specific projects and funding amounts supported today were:
- Nevada HAND, $1 million to help build an affordable 80-unit family community on the northeast corner of South Decatur Boulevard and West Pyle Avenue.
- Nevada HAND, $1 million to build a 125-unit seniors’ community located on the southwest corner of South Buffalo Drive and West Cactus Avenue.
- Nevada Community Development Program Center, $500,000 for 1501 LLC Apartments Phase 2, a 40-unit family-friendly apartment development at 1501 Decatur Boulevard.
- Nevada Community Development Program Center, $500,000 to assist with Donna Louise Phase 2, a 48-unit family-friendly development at 6275 Donna Street in North Las Vegas.
- Coordinated Living of Southern Nevada, $1.3 million to assist with the planned fourth phase of the Tempo Senior Apartments development, which will add 208 units to the northeast corner of Russell Road and Boulder Highway.
- Silver State Housing, $860,000 for the West Sahara Senior Housing II development, which will have 65 units for residents 55 and older and will be located at 8007 W. Sahara Avenue.
- Nevada Rural Housing Authority, $500,000 to assist with Hafen Village Phase II, a 36-unit family development located at 850 West Hafen Lane in Mesquite.
The developments would have income limits and other requirements for potential tenants. Projects will require additional government approvals.
County officials estimate there is currently a shortage of more than 80,000 homes for residents who are considered very low-income and very low-income, meaning they earn less than 50% of the area’s median income. (For example, a very low-income family of four would earn less than $37,500 per year.)
The lack of affordable housing in Southern Nevada greatly affects those working to escape homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless. To address these issues, commissioners provided additional funding for homeless outreach, shelter services, and affordable housing opportunities in southern Nevada.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.