RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) –A national group pushing for more low-income housing says more than half the people who rent housing in Washoe County cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition based its recent report on the assumption that renters can afford to spend 30 percent of their income on housing.
In Washoe County, the fair market rent for two bedrooms was put at $953 while the typical renter could only afford about $680 under federal guidelines.
Coalition research director Megan Bolton says it's especially difficult for low-wage workers to find apartments.
Reno Housing Authority Executive Director David Morton told the Reno-Gazette Journal that while Housing and Urban Development guidelines suggest a family spend 30 percent of its income on housing, many can actually afford to spend more.