Does Clark County have the authority, desire to pursue rent control?

State officials argue counties have the ability. Commissioners aren’t so sure. And in the meantime, renters struggle.

BY:  – MARCH 24, 2022 5:15 AM


‘You can either choose to pay this or you can leave’

When Celeste Williams pulls into HELP of Southern Nevada a little after 6 a.m., she braces herself for the long lines of people needing housing assistance.

The doors open at 7 a.m., but well before then the parking lot is full of cars.

“There is a line out the door waiting for us so people can get resources and get them houses or connect them with another agency to help,” said Williams, the organization’s director of family housing services. “It’s not enough. We don’t have enough to even give the amount of need there is.”

Clark County Manager Kevin Schiller warned of a “secondary social service pandemic” being created from the housing crisis.

That reality is borne out at HELP of Southern Nevada.

The number of people coming for assistance has doubled, if not tripled in the last year, Williams said.

“We have people coming in saying, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to live next month. I don’t know how I’m going to afford anything,” she said. “They ask if we have any other options or do we know places that will take a second or third chance because they got evicted.”

It’s not just the number of people seeking help with housing.


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