What We Do
At the Reno Housing Authority, we provide affordable rental housing for Nevadans through several HUD funded programs. We are a full service housing authority that aims to assist individuals, families, elderly, and disabled residents with low incomes. We strive to provide quality housing opportunities and open doors for our community.
Public Housing in this country was established by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. The purpose of the Act was to provide homes for those of low and moderate income and to provide jobs for the unemployed. The Housing Authority of the City of Reno (“Reno Housing Authority” or “RHA”), was founded six years later, in October 1943, as a municipal corporation under Nevada Revised Statute 315. Since its founding, RHA has also been appointed as the Public Housing Authority for the City of Sparks, Reno, and Washoe County.
RHA currently owns and manages 764 units of Public Housing (475 for families) in eight different locations in the City of Reno and Sparks under the Public Housing programs and, through the use of the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs and other funding, owns over 100 rental properties specifically targeted for low income households. RHA also provides housing subsidies to more than 2,500 low income families in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through Rental Assistance programs.
The mission of the Housing Authority is to provide fair, sustainable, quality housing in diverse neighborhoods throughout Reno, Sparks and Washoe County that offers a stable foundation for low-income families to pursue economic opportunities, become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life. In doing so, RHA will continue to cultivate strong community partnerships, promote fiscal responsibility, and administer all of its programs and activities in an efficient, ethical, and professional manner.
RHA has a five-person Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Reno with the concurrence of the Reno City Council. The Board of Commissioners appoints an Executive Director who administers the day-to-day operations of the organization.
RHA employs approximately 80 people with duties ranging from maintenance and inspections to administration of the various RHA programs and complexes.
Executive Director Amy Jones was appointed by the Board of Commissioners upon the retirement of David Morton in April 2015. Ms. Jones was most recently the Director of Rental Assistance at the Housing Authority of the City of Reno and has held several other positions since joining the Authority in 2005.