The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC) kicked off their commitment to accelerating regional housing solutions on April 29th. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) hosted the community housing event to celebrate the work to-date and kick-off the next phase of collaborative action.
The event was well attending by the community with many more people tuning in through Tahoe Truckee Community Television’s livestream. The April 29th gathering started with with three local leaders sharing personal stories of community members struggling with housing in the North Tahoe – Truckee region. After firmly rooting the audience in the everyday realities of our local families and workforce, Stacy Caldwell, TTCF CEO, took the stage to present highlights of the findings of the 2016 Regional Housing Study conducted by Bay Area Economics (BAE). The Study brought to light the hard data of North Tahoe – Truckee’s housing issues that affect not only low-income residents, but all of us from employers, first responders, teachers, and second homeowners. From there, the screen lit up with one of the premiere episodes of the storytelling film series Housing for the People produced by Elevate Tahoe, a partnership between Moonshine Ink, TTCF, and SBS Media House. View the videos as they are released throughout May here.
Stacy Caldwell shared the recommendations that came out of the Housing Study which included establishing a regional housing agenda and a housing entity. Since the Study was released last August, local leaders have been coalescing under TTCF’s leadership to follow through on these recommendations and form the Mountain Housing Council.
As of the April 29th event, thirteen local organizations have committed their time and resources to participating in the MHC and accelerating housing solutions for the people of North Tahoe – Truckee. Representatives from ten of these organizations took to the stage to publicly state their commitments, a moment that was undoubtedly a milestone in our region’s willingness to tackle this crisis together.
“Based upon the positive momentum and support that created the Housing Council I am convinced it will result in real housing opportunities for our local residents,” said Tony Lashbrook, Town of Truckee Town Manager.
The event ended with a Solutions Slam. Audience members stepped up to the mic and shared their ideas for creative housing solutions. All ideas were recorded and will be brought to the first MHC session. The event ended as all Saturday morning events should, with a buzz of excitement and plenty of time to get out into the spring sunshine.
Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee Partners To-Date
- Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CA-TT)
- Family Resource Center of Truckee
- Nevada County
- North Tahoe Family Resource Center
- Placer County
- Squaw Valley
- Tahoe City Public Utility District
- Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association
- Tahoe Forest Hospital District
- Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
- Town of Truckee
- Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce
- Truckee Donner Public Utility District
- Truckee Tahoe Airport District
- Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation
- Vail Resorts: Northstar California Resort
For more information, visit www.mountainhousingcouncil.org.