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.
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.