As Truckee and North Lake Tahoe continue to grow, housing is becoming more and more of a issue. Lack of affordable housing makes it very difficult for the working class of the community to find homes. Wonderful organizations like The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee are working on coming up with solution’s to these complicated issues. With there Vision statement, being that all people that work and live in Truckee-Tahoe region should have access to quality housing.
“Truckee alone has a population of roughly 16,000. The Truckee-North Lake Tahoe Region is closer to 30,000 people combined. On big weekends, those numbers swell to around 100,000.
For those people, there are 33,300 housing units – mostly single family homes built before 1979 – and 65 percent of them are vacant more than half the year.
Of those who are living here full time, 67 percent are paying more than 30 percent of their income (considered overpaying), while 26 percent are paying more than half their income for housing. Within the 474 below market rate units in the area, zero are available, with waits of 6 months to 2 years.
All those numbers add up to teachers who can’t afford to live here, employers unable to staff their businesses, and would-be community members that contribute to our economy, our culture and our vitality – moving away
Highlighting the good work, housing innovations and individuals who have stepped up to be part of the solution. Be a housing hero. Dave Wilderotter of Tahoe Dave’s has come up with innovative ways to help his employees. By helping secure housing deposits, or even going as far as helping pitch in for down-payments on a house. A true housing hero.
The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee is working on q housing project, called the Meadow View Place, formerly known as Schaffer’s Mill Affordable Housing, which will include 14 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom and 14 three-bedroom units. Target resident population is individuals and families that are employed in local industries. The development is located 1/2 mile southwest of the intersection of Highway 267 and Schaffer Mill Road. Other proposed funding sources include tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds and 4 percent federal low income housing tax credits.
The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee is committed to seeking solutions for this crisis – to find solutions, to connect agencies, businesses and individuals that can get things done, and to make Tahoe-Truckee a place where a healthy, diverse and thriving community can afford to live.” To read more click here.