Notes from the Field: Clark County’s Community Resources Management Unit

WHO: Kristin Cooper, Manager, Clark County Community Resources Management unit

WHAT: Clark County’s Community Resources Management (CRM) unit is dedicated to building self-sustaining communities, providing high quality housing that is safe, decent and affordable, and creating a strong economic and social base for the development of healthy families and supportive neighborhoods in urban and rural Clark County. CRM strategically plans for and deploys federal, state and local resources toward these outcomes. The unit partners with developers, non-profit agencies and other units of government in the construction or rehabilitation of high quality, affordable housing and public facilities, and in the support of services that encourage self-sufficiency for low- to moderate-income households.

WHY: A major tenant of the Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) regional plan is increasing housing options in Southern Nevada, by diversifying of the housing stock from mainly single family homes to townhomes, multifamily homes, and other choices that our valley is currently lacking. The regional plan also prioritizes the need for more affordable housing to allow families the opportunity to live in neighborhoods near employment options, education, services, and recreation, regardless of their economic status. Additionally, the region’s lack of affordable housing, especially near transit options, has been identified by RTC staff as a potential barrier to securing federal funding for future transportation projects.

NEXT: Throughout its work, SNS promotes the importance of increasing housing choice. Staff continues to educate civic leaders and private developers about increasing housing options, financing mixed-income housing developments, and co-planning transit with housing projects. During the next year, SNS staff will continue to plan workshops and technical training for solutions to affordable housing and best practices within this field. In addition, under Kristin’s leadership, the CRM unit will plan for and implement the investment of federal, state and local resources to develop affordable housing, public facilities, and services that will create positive change, thus strengthening Clark County as a major population center of Southern Nevada.

“Notes From the Field” is a real-time blog written by our SNS manager that shares notes from meetings with community partners and stakeholders on how they contribute to the progress of the plan. This is an opportunity to follow along on the valley’s progress and receive relevant news on housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment projects.