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Coronavirus Relief Programs

We are actively monitoring the level of risk of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) to the public in close coordination with Washoe County Health District and other regional agencies. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. City personnel and programs are prepared to protect the public. As this is an evolving situation, we strongly urge the public to practice good hygiene, stay home when feeling unwell, and call your health practitioner if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, fatigue, cough, and aches).  

We thank the community for their cooperation and understanding during this time. We can slow the spread of respiratory viruses in our community when we work together. 

Coronavirus Relief Programs

Housing (rental assistance):

Update on our #CARESAct Rental Assistance Program: We are pausing the application process. The Reno Housing Authority is continuing to review and process the hundreds of applications that were submitted. If you submitted an application, please be sure to respond to any correspondence from RHA including requests for information and documentation.

The city of Sparks has approved contracts with the Reno Housing Authority to administer $2.4 million dollars of CARES Act funding for rental assistance for Sparks residents affected by COVID-19. You must be a Sparks resident and be able to show hardship due to the pandemic. To find out other eligibility requirements and apply, please go to: https://housing.nv.gov/

Delivering with Dignity:

The city of Sparks has allocated a $100,000 grant utilizing CARES Act funding for the Delivering with Dignity Reno/Sparks program.  Delivering with Dignity is an innovative program that provides meals to eligible citizens in the community who have been impacted by the COVID-10 pandemic. The $100,000 grant award will provide for the delivery of over 15,000 meals and will help to preserve at least four jobs at a small independently owned catering company located in Sparks. More information and eligibility information is available here: https://www.deliveringwithdignityrenosparks.org/

Rental Mediation Program:

The city of Sparks has allocated $85,000 of CARES Act funding for a rental mediation program in Sparks. The mediation program for is for both residential landlords and tenants to help quell the growing numbers of renters in default of their leases and facing eviction. The City Manager authorized an agreement with Imperium Consulting, LLC to coordinate a mediation program on behalf of the city of Sparks. More information is available here: https://nncepp.com/.

Business Assistance:

The city of Sparks has allocated $869,000 of CARES Act funding to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out the requirements and to apply, click here: https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/business-assistance-fund-program/.

State Information 

  • State of Nevada, Governor’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force has identified Washoe County as having a sustained elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. This information is reviewed weekly by the Task Force and subject to change.
  • The cities of Sparks, Reno and Washoe County are currently listed as a Yellow Zone based on a White House report.

The Regional Information Center is reminding residents to adhere to following Governor Directives, Federal and State recommendations:

  • Wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance
  • Limit social gatherings to 25 people or fewer (Previously was 50)
  • Use take out, outdoor dining or indoor dining when strict social distancing can be maintained
  • Protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing at home and using high levels of personal hygiene