LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) hosted a roundtable listening session with local housing advocates to discuss the need for more affordable housing in Nevada and what can be done to make housing more accessible for hardworking families. The event took place at Calcaterra Community, a new affordable apartment complex under the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada.
“As housing prices continue to rise, we need to make sure Nevada families have more access to quality, affordable housing options,” said Senator Rosen. “This discussion was an opportunity for me to hear directly from Nevadans on the ground about the housing challenges they’re seeing, the work being done to address this crisis, and what I can do in the Senate to continue to help.”
“Events like today's Roundtable with Senator Rosen are crucial to solving the affordable housing crisis in Nevada,” said Christine Hess, Executive Director of the Nevada Housing Coalition. “While there is much work to be done, having solutions-focused dialogue between leaders and community partners moves us closer to helping our lowest income residents find safe and stable housing.”
“As the state's largest nonprofit affordable housing developer, Nevada HAND understands the critical need of additional affordable housing in Nevada. Access to high-quality affordable housing is a key element of a strong and secure Nevada,” said Audra Hamernik, President and CEO of Nevada HAND. “Hosting today's affordable housing roundtable is an example of Senator Rosen’s leadership as we work together as a community to continue our efforts to remove affordable housing barriers and build more affordable housing communities for the people of Nevada."
“Affordable housing is the beginning and the start for many working individuals and families,” said Michelle Merced, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services Southern Nevada. “We are short 85,000 units and need to get ahead of this problem. It is our responsibility to our community to ensure that we as a State are providing solutions to this challenge.”
Senator Rosen has been actively working at the federal level to lower housing costs and increase the availability of affordable housing for Nevadans. She recently led the efforts to secure $166 million in the bipartisan government funding bill for NeighborWorks, and she worked with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to secure $1 million in Community Project Funding for affordable housing and new business developments in Clark County. Senator Rosen has also co-sponsored legislation that would create a bipartisan task force to better understand and address the affordable housing crisis.