June 19, 2019
The Village on Sage Street is finishing up the final touches needed to create a comfortable dorm-style community for 224 low-income residents.
A dorm room in the gated community with access to the common buildings and amenities will rent for $400 a month. Residents of the Village on Sage Street are required to have a monthly income between $1,330 and $2,680. Approximately 300 people have expressed interest in moving into the Village on Sage since September and follow up contact is starting. Prospective Residents can sign up for a tour and interview through the Volunteers of America website, www.voa-ncnn.org/sagestreet
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is leading the collaborative project with the City of Reno, private companies, and the Volunteers of America. The Volunteers of America lead operations now as the Village on Sage Street is occupied.
Chris Askin, President, and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada said,
The Village on Sage Street is not subsidized housing but grew out of philanthropy and a sincere interest in helping people who are displaced from downtown motels or living in their cars while they work full time for minimum wages. The Village on Sage Street is a one-of-a-kind bridge housing option that could be a model for other cities. Reno’s rental living choices are limited, and we are willing to try something new by repurposing a mining man camp into a safe, secure, and comfortable development for a rent that people with very low incomes can afford. The City of Reno is commended for giving the land to the Community Housing Land Trust. Donors from all walks of life and businesses are pitching in to help open the Village on Sage Street. It truly takes a community to build this Village.
Amenities in the Village on Sage Street include a gated entrance with secure parking, a private single dorm room with a locking door, window, closet, bed, desk and chair, flat screen tv, and individual heat. In the Dining Hall, Rounds Bakery will operate a “Grab and Go” deli and store stocking food and sundry items for residents. The Recreation Building houses the USPS mailboxes for each resident, a coin-operated laundry room, a lounge with Big Screen TVs, meeting rooms, and a gym. The community will be fully landscaped with outside gathering areas and an outdoor fireplace.