Great news! Thanks to the local Truckee and North Lake Tahoe support, Truckee’s Town Council unanimously approved the zoning amendment and permitting that will allow the Emergency Warming Center an ongoing home downtown in Church of the Mountains.
“A “good” winter by North Tahoe – Truckee standards is measured in inches. With ski resorts reporting as many as 346 to 465 inches of snowfall, residents and visitors were grateful to the snow gods for the first good winter in years. Of course, high snow means cold temperatures and stormy conditions. In previous years, those without homes or heat sources were left to brave even the most brutal elements, and some lost their lives. Our community changed that this year.
The Emergency Cold Weather Warming Center (EWC) opened this winter for the first time on December 24, 2015, through April 30, 2016. The goal was simple: to stop people from dying in extreme cold and weather conditions because they were homeless or could not afford to heat their home. Opening of the EWC was triggered when the forecast predicted temperatures 15 degrees or colder, more than a foot of snow, or extreme blizzards, winds or rainfalls.
Located at Truckee’s Church of the Mountains, the EWC was open for twenty-five nights and served twenty-four individuals, a family of four and four canine guests for a total of 115 overnight stays. In addition to the guests that stayed at the center and received a cot and warm meals, even more people were provided sleeping bags, warm clothing, boots, food and other basic needs” – Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Carmen Carr is so very proud to hear that the EWC was approved. This type of facility is needed in are community. Now the EWC are in need of some volunteers. If you think that would would be interested in becoming a volunteer, click here for more information.