One in five children in Washoe County is food insecure and experts suggest this may contribute to the county’s high mental illness rate. Director of Marketing and Communications Jocelyn Lantrip from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada acknowledged potential issues related to food insecurity, including mental illness, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.
A rise in enrollment in the SNAP program has contributed significantly to a decrease in the food insecure population in Washoe County and Nevada over the past decade. However, new federal rules threaten access to SNAP, especially for lower income communities despite evidence that the program is net positive.
In response to escalating fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests and mass deportations, numerous organizations are working to provide support for their local immigrant communities, including in Reno.
Robert Apiyo, also known as Prince Nesta, moved to the United States six months ago on a five-year visa to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Reynold’s School of Journalism on a scholarship.
Fausto Salazar did not plan on living in the United States. Salazar, 60, owned seven bakeries in Guatemala and had contracts with the local prisons to provide bread. During a time of political instability in the late 1990’s, violence erupted in Guatemala. Salazar’s success made him and his family a target.
Keyla Vega, a mother of two, moved to Reno, Nev. one week after hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico and in lieu of focusing on its aftermath, Vega plans to settle into a new life on the mainland.
In August, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Act, which will be fully phased out on March 5, 2018, giving Congress until Dec. 8 to pass a new act. Nevada’s response to this deadline has the two main political parties pushing for separate acts.
If you’ve ever wanted fish to nibble the dead skin off your feet, Assembly Bill 158 is for you. AB158 is sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Marchant, R-Las Vegas, who hopes legalizing the use of fish for pedicures will boost the Nevada economy.
Senate Bill 223, one of the only bills in the Nevada Legislature this session to address immigration, died on March 28. SB223 would have put in place restrictions on local law enforcement in regards to what they can do in terms of immigration enforcement.
Assembly Bill 145 is proposing to extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse by one decade, increasing the timeframe a victim can sue from 10 to 20 years on civil cases.