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Demand for Public Housing Reaches Unprecedented Level

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The Reno Housing Authority has been helping northern Nevadans find low-income housing and paid some of their rent since 1943, but it's getting harder every day to meet a growing need.

I sat down with the Director for RHA for this week's Face the State.

David Morton says they are helping about 3,000 families in our area right now.

Demand is so overwhelming, Morton says a couple months ago, they closed their waiting list after 3,000 more families signed up for help.

I asked him if they've ever had to do that before.

"We basically stopped filling any vacancies in our Rental Assistance Voucher Program since last April. So, we've lost a couple hundred families as a result in that time period."

Because they are filling up so fast and there's no room left, RHA is offering a new program called Moving To Work. The program gives residents a five year time limit to get back on their feet.

"For new people coming into our voucher program, now we will have time limits. For the next 150 or so families coming in, they will be time limited."

To see my entire interview, watch my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 3:30 and 8:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30 in the morning.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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