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Reno Housing Authority

1525 E 9th Street
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada 89512

Reno Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of August 15th, 2020, Reno Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The CARES Act Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Reno Housing Authority serves Washoe County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
CARES Act Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) Open Until Further Notice
Washoe County, Nevada Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Family Public Housing Closed
Senior Public Housing Closed
Stead Manor Closed

Open Reno Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Reno Housing Authority Website: http://www.renoha.org/.

Reno Housing Authority Phone: (775) 329-3630.

Open Until Further Notice: CARES Act Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) is currently accepting CARES Act Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) applications on a limited basis. Applications are being accepted from July 20, 2020, until further notice.

Please note: This is NOT a federal rental assistance program. This is a State of Nevada Housing Division program created by funding from the CARES Act, for renters in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County.

According to the RHA, "This rental assistance program provides short-term rental assistance and is intended to assist Nevadans impacted by COVID-19 who are delinquent in paying rent.  These funds are available in Washoe County and are specifically designated to assist with the payment of rent and late fees.  Upon verification of eligibility, assistance with rent may be provided for up to nine months. Assistance may be available through December 31, 2020 and is contingent on funding availability.

Who Qualifies?

Any Washoe County resident, not currently receiving rental assistance, experiencing a negative financial impact due to COVID-19 which has impacted the ability to pay rent. Household income cannot exceed 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI) with household assets not to exceed $3,000. Examples of COVID-19 related income loss may include a reduction in work hours, loss of employment, furlough from employment during Stay at Home order or reduction in salary due to reduced business income. Income limit information can be found here.

What Qualifies?

Delinquent rent beginning April 1, 2020 due to loss of income directly related to COVID-19."

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. New applicants can complete the online application here.
  2. Applicants with a RHA active application can complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the RHA CHAP page, or the RHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the RHA, as of July 21, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, Nevada.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (775) 329-3630.

Last Updated on 07/21/2020.

Other Reno Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Washoe County, Nevada Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher wait list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 1, 2019, until August 23, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online pre-application.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • HUD disposition of a multifamily project.– 400 Points
  • Non-subsidized: Applicants who are not currently receiving any form of subsidized housing will be
    given preference. – 200 Points
  • Residency: priority will be given to applicants who: - 125 Points
    • Currently reside in Washoe County, or
    • Currently work or have recently been hired to work at a job located in Washoe County, or
    • Have graduated from or are currently enrolled in an education or training program that is
      located in Washoe County and is designed to prepare them for the job market (within the
      last six months).
  • Lease in Place: Applicants who currently live in Washoe County and whose landlords are willing to
    accept the Housing Choice Voucher and provide verification, will be given preference. – 200 Points
  • One- person elderly or disabled household must be given a preference over single person applicants.
    Households with more than one person also receive preference, including applicants with unborn
    children. – 100 Points
  • Applicants who have been involuntarily displaced as a result of a disaster, such as fire, flood, and
    earthquake, within six months from application date. An applicant who qualifies for this preference
    must provide a police/fire report, letter from a government agency, or a written statement from their
    social worker, etc. forcing the action. – 90 Points
  • Applicants who have been involuntarily displaced or will be displaced (within no more than six months from date of certification or verification) as a result of federal, state, local government or Housing Authority action related to code enforcement, public improvement, and purchase and/or disposition of dwelling units. An applicant who qualifies for this preference must provide a police/fire report, letter from a government agency, or a written statement from their social worker, etc. forcing the action. – 70 Points
  • Displacement: Other – 10 Points
    • Action by a housing owner that results in the need to vacate beyond the applicant’s ability to control and which occurs despite the applicant’s having met all previous conditions of occupancy (other than a rent increase)
    • Actual or threatened physical violence directed against the applicant or one or more members of the applicant's household by a spouse or other member of the applicant's household.
    • Reprisals where members provide information on criminal activities to law enforcement and, based on threat assessment, a law enforcement agency recommends re-housing the household to avoid or reduce risk of violence against the household.
    • Hate crimes where one or more members of the household have been the victim of hate crimes and have vacated a unit because of such crime, or the fear associated with such crime has destroyed the applicant's peaceful enjoyment of the unit.
  • Substandard housing:
    • Homeless, defined as: - 10 Points
      • A household lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, or
      • Primary nighttime residence is a public or privately operated shelter designed
        to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels,
        congregate shelters, and transitional housing), or
      • Primary nighttime residence is an institution that provides a temporary
        residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or
      • Primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for, or
        ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
        An applicant who qualifies for this preference must provide documentation
        such as a notice from the health department, landlord verification, a letter from
        a social service agency, fire department or utility provider, and/or letter or
        receipts from shelter.
    • Dilapidated housing, housing that does not provide safe and adequate shelter, and in its
      present condition endangers the health, safety, or wellbeing of a household, one or more
      critical defects, or has a combination of intermediate defects in sufficient number or
      extent to require considerable repair or rebuilding. The defects may involve original
      construction, or may result from continued neglect/ repair or from serious damage to the
      structure. – 10 Points
      • Inoperable indoor plumbing
      • No usable toilet or bath inside the unit
      • Inadequate safe electrical service
      • Inadequate safe source of heat
      • Should, but does not have a kitchen
      • Has been declared unfit for habitation by an agency or unit of the government
    • Inaccessibility of unit. Where a member of the household has a mobility or other
      impairment that makes the person unable to use critical elements of the unit; and the
      owner is not legally obligated to make the changes to the unit that would make critical
      elements accessible to the disabled person as a reasonable accommodation.
      • An applicant who qualifies for this preference must provide the necessary
        verification(s) which include, but is not limited to: official document from city, state
        or other government body, an eviction notice, police or fire report, letter from a
        social worker.
  • Graduate of Permanent Supportive Housing: Applicants who provide documentation showing successful completion of a Permanent Supportive Housing Program in Washoe County within the last 6 months will be given preference. – 10 Points
  • Veterans Status: Applicants who qualify for any of the preferences listed in this section must provide verification such as a DD214, VA patient card, or statement from the VA showing disability, and death certificate, if applicable, or military identification and proof of relationship to the veteran. Within each of the above preferences, priority will be given to:
    • Applicants who are disabled veterans whose disability has been determined by the Veterans Administration to be service connected. – 4 Points
    • Applicant families of deceased veterans whose death has been determined by the Veterans Administration to be service connected. – 3 Points
    • Applicant families of deceased veterans whose death is non-service connected. – 2 Points
    • Applicants who are a current servicemen or a veteran discharged for any reason other than dishonorable. – 1 Point

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA Applicants page, or the RHA website.

Last Updated on 10/01/2019.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The 3-Bedroom waiting list was last opened in December, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the RHA website here.

Last Updated on 01/15/2019.

Closed: Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) Family Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. The 1-4 Bedroom waiting list was last opened in October, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the RHA Public Housing page here.

Last Updated on 01/15/2019.

Closed: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month in December, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the RHA Public Housing page here.

 

Last Updated on 01/24/2019.

Closed: Stead Manor Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) Stead Manor waiting list is currently closed. The 2-3 Bedroom waiting list was last open from October until December, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the RHA website here.

Last Updated on 01/24/2019.

About Reno Housing Authority

More information about Reno Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.renoha.org/.

Representatives of Reno Housing Authority may be available by phone at (775) 329-3630. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/15/2020, it is not known if Reno Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Reno Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Reno Housing Authority manages 2,492 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 34 2,170 31 250
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $128 $540 $1,110 $470
Monthly Cost $4,347 $1,172,672 $34,424 $117,616

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Reno Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 2% having issued approximately 1,194 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 40 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $13,075 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 73% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.

34% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 14% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Reno Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 64% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

61% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 23% with 2 bedrooms and 15% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Reno Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $328 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $570. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $89.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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