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Home in Ward 3 revitalized as part of City of Reno’s blight initiative
“The goal of the program is to maintain safe homes and attractive neighborhoods, preserve affordable housing and improve the overall quality of Reno’s housing,” Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado said. “This program helps in our fight against blight, as it empowers homeowners to take action. I’m excited to share our progress with the public.”
Work began on the 10th Street home during a neighborhood cleanup that was held on September 9, 2017.
Through the Neighborhood Renewal Program, a partnership with Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity, low- and moderate-income homeowners in the City of Reno can apply for one-time funds to assist with cleaning up their property. That includes correcting hazardous or unsightly external conditions and making improvements considered necessary to mitigate blight.
The program is geared toward senior citizens and people on a fixed income who don’t have sufficient resources to improve their homes. Only income-eligible Reno residents (based on median income) qualify for the program.
Individuals or organizations interested in Neighborhood Renewal volunteer efforts can call Habitat for Humanity at 775-323-5511.
More About the Neighborhood Renewal ProgramThe Neighborhood Renewal Program was approved by Council on February 22, 2017. The City of Reno is working with Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity, which will complete service projects, to provide blight remediation.
These rehabilitation efforts are part of the City’s Blight Mitigation Fund Initiative, which calls for dedicated funds for the restoration or demolition of unattractive and unsafe buildings in targeted locations identified by the City.
Council previously created a $1-million Blight Mitigation Fund to clean up downtown and other Reno neighborhoods. As part of that allocation, $275,000 was set aside develop the Neighborhood Renewal Program ($225,000 to mitigate blight and $50,000 for administrative/staffing costs).
Delgado and City of Reno staff hosted a community meeting to launch the Neighborhood Renewal Program on August 15, 2017 at the Second Baptist Church at 1265 Montello Street in Reno.