Mission, Vision, & Values

Nevada HAND improves the lives of low-income individuals by providing affordable housing solutions and supportive services. We are committed to providing positive living environments, where healthy, engaged residents can improve their economic status and take pride in their communities. We believe that providing opportunities and support for economic security, wellness, education, and community engagement will help our residents reach their full potential and access opportunities to live well.

Having a stable, affordable home is critical to nearly every aspect of an individual’s life, the overall health of a community, and economic opportunity. As the largest affordable housing developer in the state of Nevada, we build, manage, and advocate for the production and preservation of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. We see firsthand how a stable, affordable home impacts individuals, families, and entire communities, from educational outcomes in school-age children to productivity in the workforce, greater civic and community engagement, and better health outcomes. 

Affordable homes for low-income families and individuals are the foundation for great communities where people and economies thrive, and we are proud to be part of the solution for Southern Nevada. We thrive in collaboration, working with municipalities, a variety of public and private partners, and individuals to work towards affordable housing solutions for our region. We rely on our core values of curiosity, respect, resourcefulness, and integrity to deliver our mission, help our residents, and advance our community – creating opportunities to live well for years to come.

2019 Economic Impact

low income icon $107M

Construction activity (local income, taxes, and local government revenue)

low income 1,200+

Local jobs supported by construction activity

About Us low income $25M

Average rent savings from market-rate apartments, flowing back into the local economy

Nevada By The Numbers logo
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Residents (seniors, adults, and children)
35 communities in southern nevada icon

Communities in Southern Nevada

21 Independent Senior communities

Independent Senior communities

12 Family communities

Family communities

2 Assisted Living communities

Assisted Living communities

225 Units under construction

Units under construction

History & Company Milestones

Nevada HAND was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing solutions for Southern Nevada’s rapidly growing population. Over 25 years later, our organization is the leading affordable housing provider in Nevada with over 7,600 residents at 35 beautiful communities.

Leadership

Audra Hamernik
Audra Hamernik President / CEO
Tim Veenstra
Tim VeenstraChief Operating Officer
Megan Schimick
Megan SchimickChief Financial Officer
David Paull
David PaullSenior Vice President of Real Estate Development
Waldon Swenson
Waldon Swenson Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Tracy Wortham
Tracy WorthamVice President of Human Resources
Sarah Fantle
Sarah FantleDirector of Strategic Initiatives
Alaina Leadbeter
Alaina LeadbeterDirector of Communications and Marketing

Board of Directors

Ken Ladd
Ken LaddChairman of the Board of Directors
Doug Bell
Doug BellVice-Chair
Adrienne Cox
Adrienne CoxTreasurer
Owner, Adrienne Cox Consulting, LLC
Earline Lovelace
Earline LovelaceSecretary
Sam Loya
Sam LoyaDirector
Local Sales Manager, Lotus Broadcasting
Candice Rosiak
Candice RosiakDirector
Pat Sauter
Pat SauterDirector
Managing Partner, NAI Sauter Companies
Terry A. Shirey
Terry A. ShireyDirector
President and CEO, Nevada State Bank
Elaine Spears
Elaine SpearsDirector
Bruce Spotleson
Bruce SpotlesonDirector
Vice President of Fund and Partner Development, The Neon Museum
Victoria ‘Vicky’ VanMeetren
Victoria ‘Vicky’ VanMeetrenDirector
Special Advisor to the Founding Dean for Community Engagement, Roseman University College of Medicine
Marie Wilson
Marie WilsonDirector
Eloiza Martinez
Eloiza MartinezBoard Member Emerita

Board Advisors

Board Advisors are community leaders and stakeholders who bring their special insights and expertise to Nevada HAND’s board and committee processes.

Jacqueline Benjamin – Client Services Manager, The Investment Counsel Company Michele Clark, RN Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, UNLV School of Nursing Bob Gronauer – Attorney, Managing Partner, Kaempfer Crowell Javier Mendez – HR Manager, Amazon Sarah Odia – Partner, Payne & Fears Erik Sorensen – COO, Northcap Commercial LLC Jaime Valez – CPA Doug Warden – Retired, Nevada State Bank Robert White – Retired, Resident Board Advisor Minnie Wood, MS APRN, ANP-BC – Faculty, UNLV School of Nursing

Affordable Housing in Nevada

Nevada faces a critical shortfall of affordable housing for low income individuals and families. Closing the gap and ensuring a steady pipeline of new affordable housing, as well as preserving existing affordable housing, is critical to the state’s long-term success.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines an “affordable home” as one that a household can obtain for 30 percent or less of its annual income.

If a low (or even median-income) household pays more than 30% of its income to rent and utilities, they are considered cost-burdened. Especially for low income households, elevated housing costs can force households to make difficult decisions, like whether pay rent or buy groceries, make car payments, fill a prescription, or take care of other necessary expenses. If a family is faced with an unexpected bill or expense, like a car repair or medical emergency, it can place them into a significant financial hardship that can spiral out of control, even leading to homelessness and further housing instability.

Stable, affordable housing has benefits for every aspect of a community and a family. For a family or an individual, stable and affordable housing leads to more productive employees, better school performance and attendance for students, better overall health and health outcomes, and more social and civic engagement. 

Affordable housing can impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s life – from their physical and mental health to educational outcomes. A stable, high-quality home also significantly impacts entire communities, making them safer, more cohesive, and more attractive for families, individuals, employers, and others.

In short, everyone benefits when communities have affordable homes.

Affordable and Available homes per 300 renter households bar graph.

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

ELI: Extremely Low Income; AMI: Area Median Income

112,872Renter households in Nevada that pay more than half of their income to housing.

Renter households in Nevada that pay more than half of their income to housing

Source: Affordable Rental ACTION

-73,158

Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters

79% Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden.

Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden

$38,660 Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD Fair Market Rent.

Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD Fair Market Rent

$18.59 Hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

Hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment

FAQs

Nevada HAND is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that develops and manages affordable housing communities in Southern Nevada. We are the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer in the state, with 35 family, senior, and assisted living communities in our portfolio. We prioritize the stability and wellness of our residents by building communities that are “more than a home” and connecting residents with resources that allow them to live well.
There are more than 7,600 children, working adults, and seniors on fixed incomes who call a Nevada HAND community their home. We have 225 units under construction right now that we are expecting to open later this year, which will welcome more residents into our communities.
Nevada HAND was established by Mike Mullin in 1993. For more than 25 years, our organization has served thousands of Nevada’s most vulnerable residents, and we continue to create communities and opportunities for seniors and families with modest incomes. For more information on our history, click here.
Nevada HAND does not provide direct rental assistance; however, our Resident Services teams are available to connect residents with financial resources that may provide rental assistance.
Nevada HAND’s Home Office is located at 295 E. Warm Springs Road, Suite 101, Las Vegas, NV 89119. We also have 35 affordable housing communities throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and you can locate them on our Explore Our Homes page.
Nevada HAND has 35 communities across Southern Nevada. You can learn more about each community on the Explore Our Homes page. There is a navigable map and links to property websites, where you can learn more about an individual community.
Currently, Nevada HAND only has communities in areas of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson. We maintain an extensive peer network throughout the U.S., however, for feedback, best practices, advocacy, and support.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, Nevada HAND values the generosity of our community, including monetary gifts and in-kind donations. If you are interested in donating to our organization, please visit the Support Us page. We appreciate your interest in supporting our mission and our residents!
Nevada HAND is an equal opportunity employer, and we offer a wide variety of career opportunities within the areas of corporate administration, construction and development, caregivers and health professionals, and on-site management and resident services. We have a robust employee benefits package, including health benefits, 401(k) with generous employer match, tuition reimbursement, fun team activities, and more. If you are interested in joining Team HAND, please visit the Join Our Team page for application materials and job openings.