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Come together as a community and help pay the rent for residents that have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Job losses are all over Reno and Sparks, severely affecting the vulnerable minimum wage earners at the Village on Sage Street. Your gift to the Community Housing Land Trust fund will be credited to the Village on Sage Street, to help residents who are unable to pay due to the Coronavirus pandemic health and financial fallout.


Demand for Housing is a crisis. Rents have risen more than 50%; pushing low-income and elderly residents out. The award-winning Village on Sage Street is open and laying out the welcome mat for 216 people.

The community of Reno had a rare opportunity to acquire a former man camp in Wyoming to create modular dorm-style housing units at a fraction of their original price to provide more housing for low-income earners.  

Read Village on Sage Street Update October 2019

A Hand Up.  Our goal for the Village on Sage is that this bridge housing is a hand up, not a handout or a profit maker. A person earning $9 an hour will be able to afford the $400 monthly rent and achieve savings goals. Any single adult who passes a background check and has an income of approximately $1,320 to $2,735 per month will meet the income qualifications for residency. All residents will be provided with financial counseling.  While we expect the Village on Sage will be bridge housing; there is no time limit on the length of residency.

You can give in a variety of ways. Contribute services, write a check to CHLT (Community Housing Land Trust), or donate online with a credit card through the button above.  Call Chris Askin 775-333-5499 to discuss charitable gift options for larger gifts.

We must raise $3.5  million to finish this comfortable secure bridge housing for 216 people in Reno!

It Takes a Community to Build this Village. Thank you, Donors.

Questions? Contact Karen Senger, Chief Philanthropy Officer at 775-333-5499 for details. 

Rent for a private dorm room is $400 a month.

  • The City of Reno donated 4 acres of land on Sage Street to the Community Foundation Housing Land Trust to be used exclusively for affordable housing.
    * The Village on Sage Street is a self-paid housing community and is not subsidized housing.
  • Volunteers of America operates the housing project.
  • Private companies, Community Foundation donors, and generous community members are giving together to make this happen

The Village on Sage Street is composed of long, narrow, modular structures like those used by FEMA, mining, and construction projects. Dorm structures hold 42 private rooms with a locking door, operable window, desk, bed, closet, and flat-screen tv. There are shared bathrooms in each wing.

The entire site is attractively fenced and landscaped and includes a communal dining room, available fresh “grab and go” food from Rounds Bakery community gathering room,  a small store offering food and sundry items, laundry, gym, business services, meeting rooms, outdoor fireplace, service animal relief area and plenty of parking.

Listen to a podcast on KUNR, our local NPR affiliate. Dorm-Style Housing Being Built for Reno’s Working Poor.