Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing

Home and rental prices continue to soar in Northern Nevada and Northeastern California, leaving more working families and individuals on the brink. Seniors, college students, single parents, immigrants, and the working poor are particularly vulnerable. Some must choose to pay rent over buying food or securing healthcare. The lack of affordable housing in urban and rural areas alike is changing the identity of this region. In response, the KUNR newsroom is examining housing through many lenses, including the economic, political, and public health impacts.

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Episode 6 - How Housing Is Tied To Food Insecurity

With housing insecurity comes food insecurity. This week we hear a story from community health reporter Anh Gray about the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the food pantries in the area. After that, Anh sits down and talks with Al Brislain the president and CEO of the food bank. Joey also gets a chance to hear from Anh about what she learned through her reporting, which allowed her to talk with many families on the brink.

Episode 5 - Health, Housing And Mental Illness

In this episode of Priced Out, Joey and Bree hear from reporter Anh Gray about how the housing situation is impacting the health of the community. Then Bree has a story on mental illness, talking to one mother looking for her son.

Episode 4 - Big Projects, Tiny Homes

Reporter Noah Glick goes to Battle Moutain and Western Nevada College to check out a few tiny homes. He chats with developers to see how these homes may be a solution to the housing crunch and what problems they faced along the way. Joey sits down to chat with Noah to get a better idea of these challenges, as well as get an idea of what the inside of a tiny home is like.

Episode 3 - Growing Student Body, Growing Housing Challenges

In this episode, Joey and Bree chat with reporter Jacob Solis and business reporter Noah Glick. Jacob's story is looking at the lack of student housing and how students are being impacted along with what the University of Nevada, Reno is doing. Noah talks with builders in the Reno area to find out what challenges they face during this housing crunch.

Bud Matlock poses in the senior center lunch room.
Anh Gray

Episode 2 - Senior Living In The Housing Crunch

In this week's episode of Priced Out, we take a look at how the housing crunch affects seniors with our reporter Anh Gray. She looks at one of the senior centers in Reno, where she talks to employees as well as seniors about their living situation. Joey then debriefs Anh about her experience.

A women, her two daughters, and their dog, stand outside their motel room
Krysta Scripter

Episode 1 - Motel Living And Explaining The Problem

The first episode of KUNR's inaugural podcast is here! Looking into the affordable housing problem in the area hosts Joey Lovato and Bree Zender air a piece exploring how the crunch is affecting the people behind the numbers as she follows a single mother who was forced to live in a motel in Carson City. Then, Bree interviews reporter Paul Boger about the issue as a whole.

Introducing Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing