A group that helps fund the development of affordable housing in Washoe County toured various properties that help those in need on Friday.
Members of the Washoe County Home Consortium held a groundbreaking for the Aspen Village apartments on Sullivan Lane in Sparks.
Once finished, they will included nine units for families with special needs. The rest will go towards families of four making less than $33,000 a year.
The City of Reno says affordable housing is important because it helps people who otherwise couldn't afford it stimulate the local economy.
"If they can afford their housing they can say go out to eat once in a while, or take the kids to mini golf so they can reinvest that money back into the community," says Jodi Royal-Goodwin of Reno Housing & Neighborhood Development.
After the groundbreaking there was a ribbon cutting at the Arbor Cove Apartments on Virginia Lake which will help lower-income seniors.
For more information on affordable housing, go to http://www.reno.gov/index.aspx?page=646