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Reno housing prices are going up, and some weekly motels are disappearing; where will residents go?

Weekly motel, man outside
AP Photo/John Locher
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In this Oct. 12, 2018, photo, a man walks out of a weekly rental motel in Reno, Nev.

The median price for an existing single-family home in Reno hit 600-thousand dollars in January. At the same time, homelessness in the Biggest Little City doubled last year.  

That increase is partly due to the decline of naturally occurring affordable housing in the Reno/Sparks area. It’s housing that is not supported by public subsidies.  

In Reno that largely means weekly motels.  

But many of those motels have been torn down in recent years to make way for new development – leaving some to ask where the area’s most vulnerable residents are living if the housing of last resort is no longer a choice? 

Annjeanette Damon, Reporter, ProPublica; Christine Hess, Executive Director, Nevada Housing Committee Coalition

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Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.