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Section 8 Tenant Resources

WAHC assists applicants and tenants of HUD Project Based Section 8 properties by ensuring that their applications and their tenancies are administered and provided in accordance with HUD requirements. Applicants and tenants should refer to these resources when experiencing problems at any of the Nevada properties WAHC oversees.

Homeless Prevention Program

The Homeless Prevention Program was created by Washoe Affordable Housing Corporation in June 2017. WAHC self-funds the program through program income from other organizational activities, and receives matching funds from the Nevada Housing Division's (NHD) Low-Income Housing Trust Fund.

Washoe Affordable Housing Corporation (WAHC) is a nonprofit corporation created by the Reno Housing Authority.  WAHC administers affordable housing programs that assist low-income individuals and families across the state of Nevada.  

Since 2000, WAHC has carried out the contract administration of Project-Based Section 8 (PBS8) properties throughout the state of Nevada. WAHC provides oversight of these affordable properties ensuring that owners and agents comply with federal regulation. A talented, professional staff conducts monitoring reviews of the assigned properties and carries out the various contract responsibilities.

In 2017, WAHC created the Homeless Prevention Program to assist low-income families in jeopardy of homelessness due to temporary financial hardship and to assist families who are facing high rent increases.

Board

President

Vacant

Mark Sullivan

Vice President

Vice President Mark Sullivan is passionate about helping those in need which is shown in his dedication and enthusiasm for the Reno Housing Authority. Mark’s background stems from the construction industry, moving quickly into local government affairs that included legislation for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and lobbying for contractors.

In his commitment to help others, Mark was instrumental as one of the four founders of Reno’s ACE High School. The charter high school specializes in career and technical education through practical hands on applications. The school, through its students, builds a house a year and with proceeds going toward funding of additional building trade projects.

Mark is a true believer in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that states our most basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter. His goal, as a RHA Board member, is to identify the housing gaps in our community and focus on filling those through the efforts of RHA. Mark is grateful for the hard work the RHA staff does and their dedication to helping others.

Hillary Schieve

Hillary Schieve

Secretary/Treasurer

Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the economic downturn. Hillary is the owner and operator of three businesses in the City of Reno. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation.

Oscar Delgado

Trustee

A Nevada native, Oscar earned a B.A. at Cal State Fullerton and dual Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Social Work at the University of Michigan. With his educational background and his professional experience as the CEO of the largest Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Northern Nevada, Oscar brings a unique perspective to the issues affecting Reno.

In 2012, he was first elected to represent the City of Reno's Ward 3, a community that includes the Wells Avenue area, most of Mira Loma, the neighborhoods east of the University of Nevada, and portions of Damonte Ranch. Oscar's current term ends in 2024.

He has spent much of the last 10 years fighting blight, engaging under-represented groups in the political process, and advocating for our neighborhoods.

Dave Aiazzi

Trustee

Dave is a stalwart public servant with a deep love for northern Nevada and its residents. He has a lifetime of public service under his belt, having served in numerous leadership capacities throughout northern Nevada. A Sparks native, he began his public service in 1990 by taking over the Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program from the City of Reno, and transitioning it to a nonprofit organization. He also served on the board of Artown, a large culture festival hosted in Reno, for a dozen years. He was also a founding member of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in 2002 when it was purchased from Sierra Pacific Power Company.

Dave has additionally carried out duties as a longtime Reno City Councilman, from 1996 until 2012. There he was deeply involved in garnering services for homeless people, bringing art projects to the city, and open space and park improvements to his ward. At the same time Dave served on the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board and Regional Transportation Commission for a number of years.

Among the things accomplished during his time on the Reno City Council are the ReTrac Project, Aces Stadium, the Events Center, City Hall, 4th Street Transit Station, soccer fields at Moana, the Whitewater Park, movie theaters downtown, the Ballroom and the implementation of Neighborhood Advisory Boards.

Barbara Wilhelms

Barbara Wilhelms

Trustee

Longtime board member Barbara Wilhelms recently passed away. The Board of Commissioners is in the process of selecting a new commissioner for this position

Barbara is RHA’s Resident Board member living at one of our Public Housing sites for the past 16 years. She earned her college degree in Social Work and worked at the Northern Nevada Children’s Home supervising 10 children ages 5 to 18 years old. Barbara spent time working at the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Services offices as she and her husband moved around during his military career. You could say that working with children in need has been her life’s passion. Now in her retirement, Barbara continues to offer her time to those in need through her complex’s Resident Council as past president and past Tenant Representative and as a past member of the RHA’s Resident Advisory Board. Barbara’s deep commitment to the RHA stems from her desire to stay engaged and to be involved in decisions that affect her neighbors and her friends.

Staff

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Brenda Freestone

Acting Contract Administrator

Brenda has held WAHC’s Acting Contract Administrator position since August 2019.

Eugene Weight

Compliance Auditor

Eugene Weight III is the Compliance Auditor at Washoe Affordable Housing Corporation (WAHC). He has been with WAHC for eight years. He conducts Management and Occupancy Reviews for the 37 properties that WAHC oversees in their portfolio and assists with the resolution of tenant health and safety concerns. Eugene has assisted with the Homeless Prevention Program that was created by WAHC in June 2017. This program works in conjunction with other organizational activities and the Nevada Housing Division (NHD) Low-Income Housing Trust Fund. Eugene spent time with the Reno Housing Authority working in the Admissions and Housing Choice Voucher Departments. Eugene was born and raised in Reno, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and holds an MBA from Morrison University.

Linda Lorring

Program Assistant

Linda Lorring is a Program Assistant for Washoe Affordable Housing Corporation. She has been with WAHC for 17 years. She processes monthly Housing Assistance Payments vouchers for the 37 properties in WAHC’s Nevada Project Based Section 8 portfolio. She also assists WAHC’s Contract Administrator and Compliance Auditor in fulfilling their tasks, as well as being a point of contact for voucher related issues and the Homeless Prevention Program.

Get in Touch

Washoe Affordable Housing Corporation

Find us at the office

1004 Forest Street
Reno, Nevada 89509-2705

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Phone: (775) 334-3199
Fax: (775) 334-3195
Toll Free: (888) 202-9036
TTY: (385) 770-7166
E-mail: inquiries@renoha.org

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