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Before a global health pandemic shut down industries, skyrocketed Nevada’s unemployment rate and left thousands unable to pay rent for months, Nevada had a housing crisis and offered little protections for tenants.

Now, lawmakers, state agencies and groups working with renters are trying to assess further damage inflicted by the coronavirus crisis.

Christine Hess, the executive director of the Nevada Housing Coalition, said since the start of the health pandemic organizations from The Urban Institute to the National Low Income Housing Coalition have tried to forecast the amount of rental assistance states are going to need to ensure people have stable housing.

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