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Affordable Housing in Nevada (and elsewhere)- Endangered Species

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Nevada has fallen down the same housing holes that are showing up around the country.  Many Nevadans say the state is in a world of hurt because the economy is forcing two families inside a single family dwelling – and it’s happening all across Nevada.  Many families have had to settle for small camp trailers just to get by.  Yet they keep coming to the Silver State.

Have you checked California housing these days? Sky high prices and would-be renters can’t afford them.  Same as Reno and soon Carson City will also be over-run with apartments and refugees from California.  But who wants two families in small two bedroom apartments that’s draining their savings

There’s such a thing as the “affordable free market” but affordable for who? Rising rental rates in northern Nevada have doubled over the last few years.  Many corporations want to move some, or all, of their high tech machinery into the Nevada wide open spaces but even converted desert land is too expensive because of the need for roads, streets, highways, schools and WATER!

Another problem.  America’s distribution for subsidized housing construction has been dwindling for over 40 years.  The money is scattered around the country but not fairly.  Nevada has about the same population as Chicago but Nevada is kicked to the sidelines because, politically, Chicago gets housing vouchers 4 to 1 over Nevada.

Let’s hope that Washington DC graduates from “greed-to-need” and starts moving into lower cost dwellings – good, reliable places to live. Not overpriced. But in the meantime it’s way past due that we take care of each other and build strong communities where families don’t live in poverty.  The gimmie, gimmie, gimmie mind-set has ruled for far too long.

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