LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now continues to tackle the high rent issue in Southern Nevada, and one community often overlooked is seniors.

8 News Now’s Christian Cazares spoke with Margaret Mickleberry who said she was once homeless but was able to pick herself back up and move into an apartment.

She said things were perfect until her lease renewal came with a price hike. Mickleberry is on a fixed income and is struggling to find some assistance.

She said her apartment lease is about to expire in November, and her $900 rent has skyrocketed.

Mickleberry said relocating somewhere new is not in her budget.

“It’s very stressful, I’ve lost my hair, it’s the stress,” she said.

Don Miller with Hopelink of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization, told 8 News Now it aims to help seniors struggling financially.

“There are programs through the department of welfare for food stamps, energy assistance, we will look at all the possibilities to support their income but it’s not enough,” Miller added.

He added that inflation has only made things worse for the senior community as many of them are living alone with no family support.

8 News Now reached out to Mickleberry’s apartment complex, Residence at Tropicana, who released the following statement:

We took ownership of the property in January 2022. Ongoing, we have been working with our tenants to provide them with affordable pricing options. We encourage residents on short-term leases to move to long-term leases so they can lock in more affordable fixed rates. Tenants do have the option to stay on month-to-month contracts if they choose however, as supply and demand fluctuate, monthly rates can be subject to change. Next, we did a thorough analysis of the market and community prior to taking ownership and have a planned approach to maintenance, operations, and upgrades. So far we have invested more than $600,000 for physical internal and external upgrades and better amenities across the complex to support these properties since we acquired them in January. As part of our tenant services, we offer weekly pest control services for tenants whose apartments require treatment. We provide residents information about how to request supplemental pest control which includes visiting the office, calling, or submitting a ticket through the online resident portal. Finally, like many areas, our community is not immune to crime, unfortunately. However, we address all criminal activity when it is brought to our attention, and residents are encouraged to contact our courtesy patrol service as well as call 911 for criminal activity and emergencies. We are committed to providing our tenants with quality and affordable apartments and working with them with any questions they have. They can always reach us during office hours, via email and our office line.

Residence at Tropicana Management

Hopelink of Southern Nevada provides services and programs but the reality, Miller said, is that it is not enough and eviction can still happen.

“I honestly see some of them walking down Boulder Highway, it breaks my heart,” he expressed.

Those interested in rental financial assistance can click here for more information.

For more information on a tenant’s rights, visit Nevada Legal Services.