Highlights of Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting on Nov. 27

    Highlights of Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting on Nov. 27

    The Washoe County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, November 27.

    Here are the top three items that were discussed at the meeting:

    1.Board of County Commissioners take first steps on establishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The Board of County Commissioners agreed to move forward establishing a future Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Washoe County has been working with Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN), who has been coordinating community meetings and researching best practices for establishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The preliminary discussion led by Assistant County Manager Kate Thomas, established that Washoe County plans to work to address the growing need for affordable housing in the community by creating an Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), how the AHTF will be funded, who will administer the fund and what or who the fund will support.

    2.Commissioners approve grant to assist victims of crimes in Washoe County. Commissioners approved a $918,000 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Sub-Grant to provide assistance to victims of crime. The grant is awarded by the State of Nevada, Division of Child and Family Services to the Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) with Washoe County contributing $229,500, in addition to the grant.

    3.County Commission accepts funding to address opioid crisis. County Commissioners accepted a $745,364 grant Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Justice for the Human Services Agency (HSA) to help combat opioid addiction in Washoe County. The grant will provide HSA with funding to administer mental health services to children under the age of 18 who have been impacted by the opioid crisis.

    To learn more about Washoe County and other topics covered in the November 27 meeting click here.

    Washoe County, NV contributed to this report.

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