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ADRC – Reno’s Aging and Disability Resource Center Helps with Housing

Donna Clontz
Donna Clontz

In August, I wrote an article about affordable housing resources for folks who are in the midst of a personal housing crisis. All the agencies listed— Washoe County Senior Services, Catholic Charities, Northern Nevada HOPES, Community Health Alliance, Access to Healthcare, Volunteers of America and Reno Housing Authority—have expert and caring staff and are doing their best to provide the services at their disposal or refer you to others, but they are also in crisis with not enough resources to help all those in need when they most need help.

I must apologize to staff from those agencies who received calls and visits from some desperate and frustrated seniors that were disappointed when they were told that there was no space available in the program they wanted or that they needed to be referred to someone else at a different phone number or different agency. The unfortunate fact is that The State of Nevada’s Aging and Disability Services Division’s (ADSD) strategic plan to create a streamlined “No Wrong Door” one-stop system of agencies is still not fully functioning in our region. However, one part of that system IS up and running— the Aging & Disability Resource Center— and DOES provide one-on-one information and counseling on available service options to older adults and those living with disabilities, especially if the person needing services seeks them as soon as they discover they need help.

Access to Healthcare, in the Reno Town Mall at 4001 S. Virginia, Suite F, (877) 861-1893 has the ADSD contract to run the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for Washoe, Carson, Douglas, Storey and Mineral counties. They have another office in Elko that handles the ADRC for the other Northern Nevada counties. Ivan Espinoza, Director of the ADRC said, “Our counselors meet personally with clients of all ages, incomes and disabilities to help them find the resources they need. Income doesn’t matter to us. For affordable housing clients, we call around to landlords and property managers with them, provide resource information, homework and checklists and work with our clients one-on-one until they get housing, medical care or whatever other help they need.

Donna Padilla, ADRC Navigator and Ivan Espinoza, ADRC Director
Donna Padilla, ADRC Navigator and Ivan Espinoza, ADRC Director at Access to Healthcare Network.

Unfortunately, because there are so many people searching for affordable housing now, we are scheduling intake appointments 2 to 3 weeks out. Donna Padilla, ADRC Navigator’s best advice is, “Call today. Don’t wait until the last minute. Contact us a few months before your lease ends or as soon as you think you can no longer make ends meet.”

Here are some resources ADRC counselors will help you use when you meet with them or you can go online or call and get started on your own:


If you have questions or comments, please contact me at donnanorm1@ or (775) 240-2745.