Nevada Housing Division Appoints Agency’s First Affordable Housing Advocate


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Las Vegas, NV - January 04, 2018

The Nevada Housing Division named Mae Worthey-Thomas, Ed.D. as its first Affordable Housing Advocate in November, announced Steve Aichroth, Housing Division administrator.

The Affordable Housing Advocate position was created by the state Legislature during the 2017 session to forge a more strategic partnership with affordable housing clients and housing stakeholders.

“I am excited and honored to join such an outstanding team of housing professionals in devising strategic opportunities to nurture Nevada’s housing landscape,” said Dr. Worthey-Thomas. “I am looking forward to the road ahead and hope to make a significant difference in the lives of residents who depend on affordable housing programs for their families.”

In this position, Dr. Worthey-Thomas will serve as the liaison to the Housing Division to help residents of affordable housing, including manufactured homes, resolve housing concerns, and navigate the various Housing Division programs. She will also work with housing providers and residents to build a more congenial relationship to make housing communities a comfortable place to live. Additionally, Dr. Worthey-Thomas will conduct community outreach to develop partnerships with housing stakeholders to tackle issues related to housing affordability and homelessness. Special emphasis will be placed on assisting populations like veterans, seniors, people with disabilities and homeless and low-income residents.

“As Nevada continues to face serious challenges in providing enough affordable housing statewide, we recognized the need to have a dedicated staff member who can serve clients of affordable housing communities and work with community partners to develop solutions related to the affordable housing crisis,” Aichroth said. “We are pleased to have someone with Dr. Worthey-Thomas’ background and commitment to Nevada residents join the team to assist in this endeavor.”

Prior to joining the Housing Division, Dr. Worthey-Thomas served as a public information officer for 11 years with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation promoting workforce development programs.

About the Nevada Housing Division

The mission of the Nevada Housing Division, a division of the Department of Business and Industry, is to address the shortage of affordable housing and to protect the interests of the owners and occupants of manufactured homes by developing programs to meet the diverse needs of Nevada residents. For more information about the Nevada Housing Division, please visit http://housing.nv.gov

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