Thanks to the leadership of Senator Dina Neal and legislative Democrats, residents of the historically-Black Windsor Park neighborhood will receive housing assistance after their homes started sinking decades ago. While Governor Lombardo – who almost vetoed the bill – has been under fire for vetoing critical housing legislation, Democrats are holding the governor accountable and fighting to ensure Nevada families can stay in their homes.
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June 29, 2023
- For Nancy Johnson, Windsor Park was like a dream when she first moved to a new home in the historically Black North Las Vegas neighborhood in 1976. But within a few years, the cracks began to show – and homes started to sink.
- “The homes, the streets started cracking, the driveways,” said Johnson, a 67-year-old mother and former blackjack dealer. “I’m legally blind and I could tell that when I hung up the curtains that they were leaning.”
- Johnson is one of dozens of residents who have lived in homes sinking under their feet for decades while seeking the city’s help to improve the area or relocate.
- The law goes into effect on July 1 and will set in motion a process to relocate residents that could take about a year to complete, according to state Sen. Dina Neal, a Democrat who represents Windsor Park and who sponsored the legislation.
- Nevada’s housing division will hire a developer to build new homes on vacant land adjacent to Windsor Park that has been studied to ensure it won’t subside, and residents would exchange their current home for a new one of at least the same amount of square footage, the law states.
- Authorities will cover moving expenses and residents or their descendants will receive $50,000 or $10,000 in restitution, based on whether their families still live in the neighborhood, according to the law.
- Neal said the neighborhood was built to be a place where Black people “could be proud and have homes to pass down to their families.”
- Johnson, who arrived in the 70s as a 21-year-old with a newborn baby, described how neighbors took care of each other, had picnics together, held Easter egg hunts for their children.
- But in the late 80s, Windsor Park began to crumble.
- Johnson and other residents told CNN that porches collapsed, sewage pipes shifted and walls inside their homes started to crack.
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