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NV's housing crisis heavily impacts disability community

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024   

Like many states across the West, Nevada faces challenges with supply and demand for housing. One advocate for the disability community describes the pool of affordable and accessible homes in the Silver State as "sad."

Mary Evilsizer, executive director of the the Southern Nevada Centers for Independent Living, said some of the biggest challenges in helping disabled folks find housing is ensuring they are able to meet certain criteria and requirements set by landlords, and second is affordability.

"All landlords require that an individual with a disability or an individual without a disability -- it's the same way across the board -- have an income that is three times the amount of the rent that they pay. It is just a rule that we need to change in our state," she said.

Data show more than 50% of renters in Las Vegas spend 30% or more of their income on rent.

Evilsizer said for most parts of Nevada, the average rent sits above $1,500 and that most disabled individuals who receive a Social Security check each month simply can't make ends meet, which leads to many people with disabilities needing to "couch surf" for shelter, or experiencing homelessness.

She acknowledged that landlords are trying to stay afloat and cover their own expenses, but said more must be done to help people with disabilities navigate the housing crisis. Evilsizer wants Nevada to invest in what she called a "rapid re-entry program," which would aim to get those experiencing homelessness back on their feet.

"Wonderful that we have sports arenas. That is amazing; we are so proud of that," she noted. "But if we can spend the billions on that, can we please start spending some of those funds on building affordable and accessible housing?"

To people who are frustrated, Evilsizer advises them not to lose hope. For assistance and guidance, she suggested they contact the Southern Nevada Centers for Independent Living at 702-889-4216, or the Northern Nevada Center For Independent Living at 775-353-3599.


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