“NNCHRB develops, owns and manages high-quality affordable housing coupled with supportive services for those most in need in our community,” said Matthew Fleming, executive director of NNCHRB. “This is the best option verses living in a weekly motel. We provide a renting price that is cheaper than what most motels offer. Motels can be five times more expensive than our housing.”
Aspen Village is NNCHRB’s seventh property, its second in Sparks. The three-story building offers nine special-needs units for individuals and families with a disability.
“The units are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible,” said Fleming. “We equip those units with strobe lights for the hearing and visuals impaired, grab bars in the showers, you name it.”
Each unit is supplied with internet access. The complex features a community building with a library, a laundry-facility, a computer lab, a gym and a lounge that provides video games for the resident children, as well as an outdoor playground and barbecue pit.
The NNCHRB works with the Department of Urban Housing to create a list of people that qualify for low-income housing like Aspen Village. Those who qualify for any housing that NNCHRB offers must follow the financial guidelines. The apartments’ rent is based on the household’s annual income, affordable to residents at or below 40 percent of area median income.
“Low-income residents don’t often get the best option when it comes to housing,” said Fleming. “We offer those people high-quality homes that they can afford and that are safe for them and their families. We believe in finding good houses for people making minimum wage or less, for those on disability or social-security, for those with a mental disability or has a history of substance dependency, those at risk of homelessness.”
NNCHRB partners with Northern Nevada Hopes in bringing in people to occupy the new apartment building. Northern Nevada Hopes provides healthcare and supportive services for the Reno/Sparks community, specializing in assistance with those living with HIV and AIDS.
“We make a great relationship,” said Fleming. “With Northern Nevada Hopes, we can provide an even lower rent, which helps people with conserving money for things they need, like medication.”
The state tax credit helped fund this project. The building was erected by a Sparks development company, Q&D Construction, Inc, costing about 9 million dollars to construct and creating about 200 construction jobs.
“We are building on the success and relationship that came out of working with NNCHRB on the Autumn Village project in Reno, a very similar project,” says Tim Kretzschmar, president of Q&D. “We are honored to be NNCHRB’s builder.”
The eight-month project began when Fleming found the ideal spot to build Aspen Village — near Sparks’ KMart shopping center.
“It’s an interesting process,” said Fleming. “When we look for a new location to building housing on, we look at the everyday life necessities that people need, transportation, shopping, schools, churches, emergency services, and see if they are all within walking distance. I look at bus routes, how far is the grocery store, thrift store and then I get in my car and start searching around those areas, looking for a plot of dirt we can build on. We don’t necessarily focus on low-income areas. We just try to find the best place for everyone.”
NNCHRB has been working with the Reno/Sparks community since 1988, providing its residents with affordable and safe housing.
For more information about the Northern Nevada Community Housing Resource Board, visit www.nnchrb.org or call 337-9166.