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What You Missed: Housing Crisis Hits Tahoe Ski Resort

by Kelly Klein
Published in Outside on December 16, 2021

Winter has belatedly arrived at Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border, with roughly six feet of glorious snow, and ski resorts have finally opened after a very dry November. But this year, a warming climate isn’t the only challenge resorts will face. At California’s Sugar Bowl, a workforce shortage is creating problems.On December 12, season pass-holders received an email with the subject line “This Winter: Operations Update.” In it, they found a letter from Sugar Bowl CEO and president Greg Dallas breaking the news that the resort was cutting back on some guest services over the holidays because it simply doesn’t have enough staff. 

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A giving community is a thriving community: Nonprofits asking for support through Give Back Tahoe

by Sierra Sun
Published in Sierra Sun on December 10, 2021

Give Back Tahoe, the end-of-year giving campaign hosted by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, returns for the eighth year with 60 organizations participating. Since 2014, Give Back Tahoe has raised more than $2.5 million in unrestricted funds for nonprofits serving the Tahoe Truckee area.

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TTCF’s Stacy Caldwell Talks About Give Back Tahoe

by Eric Johnson
Published in California Local on December 9, 2021

Last Tuesday, 1,675 people visited the website GiveBackTahoe.org, clicked a “Donate“ button, and gave money to more than 60 participating Lake Tahoe nonprofits. In that one day, Give Back Tahoe raised over $214,000. Some of these folks clicked a “Fundraise” button and created, in just a few minutes, their own campaign, which they could deploy to their friends via email, Facebook, Instagram, etc. The inclusion of this social media functionality is meant to turn this web portal into a “collective giving engine.”

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Affordable housing crisis in Tahoe. It’s an employer’s nightmare.

by Tim Hauserman
Published in Sierra Nevada Ally on December 8, 2021

Workforce housing at Lake Tahoe: It’s hard to find, it’s way too expensive, and it sometimes leaves 30 somethings stuffed together with a bunch of roommates like they are back in college.  Long term rental housing has been a problem for those who live and work in Tahoe for decades, but it was exasperated by Covid, and the subsequent real estate boom was caused when many Bay Area folks moved to the mountains because they no longer had to work in the city.

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Mountain Housing Council announces Regional Housing Implementation Plan

by Elizabeth White
Published in Sierra Sun on October 29, 2021

There are currently 9,528 local workforce households that are inadequately housed. The Mountain Housing Council wants to change that. The council was formed to help different organizations within the region come together to collaborate on solutions. At its July meeting the Mountain Housing Council declared a housing emergency in the region in order to address the immediate needs of workforce and community housing.

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Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation lays out plans for $30M campaign

by Justin Scacco
Published in Sierra Sun on October 8, 2021

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation this week provided a pair of updates on its summer efforts through the wildfire season, while also laying out plans moving ahead. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation CEO Stacy Caldwell provided further details on the nonprofit’s recently announced three-year, $30 million Forest Futures Campaign, which aims to help prevent catastrophic forest fires in the region.

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Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation announces launch of Forest Futures

by Staff reports
Published in Sierra Sun on September 17, 2021

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation announced it has raised more than $1 million for the launch of Forest Futures, a multi-year campaign to stimulate the region’s economy, ensure a safer and more secure future for the Tahoe area, and create an actionable path forward to healthy forests everywhere.

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Housing takes center stage at Good Morning Truckee

by Justin Scacco
Published in Sierra Sun on August 13, 2021

Finding housing in the Truckee-Tahoe area has been a longstanding issue, but a number of local organizations are working to ease the burden of finding an affordable place to live in the region. Tuesday’s Good Morning Truckee session featured four speakers from various organizations. They discussed what they’re doing to help find and create affordable housing for the area’s workforce.

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Lake Tahoe’s new crisis: Families displaced, long commutes and a missing middle class

by Molly Sullivan and Philip Reese
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 25, 2021

The Lake Tahoe region is in crisis. Historic real estate prices and a lack of housing options are forcing local sheriff’s deputies and firefighters to commute an hour or more into the basin, threatening response times to emergencies.Restaurants and resorts that drive the region’s economy have had to scale back services. The hospitality industry, which lost droves of workers during the pandemic, is struggling to find workers who can afford to live there. Most businesses along Tahoe City’s main thoroughfare, North Lake Boulevard, have “Help Wanted” signs hanging in windows, some promising season ski passes to prospective employees.

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Climate Connections: Collective impact can save our forests

by Caroline Craffey
Published in Sierra Sun on July 23, 2021

What does it take to keep our forests healthy? After a century of fire suppression, Tahoe forests are immensely overgrown. The 800,000 piles of biomass (dead trees and dry brush) on the forest floor surrounding our community are a growing problem, but restoration projects are costly and the Forest Service only has so much bandwidth to execute. Last year was the worst fire season on record and, unfortunately, we are in worse shape this year with our fire season beginning 60 days earlier due to drought conditions. However, with increased awareness, new commitments and greater funding from the federal and state level to protect our forests, there is momentum for positive change.

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As tech transforms Tahoe towns, study finds thousands of locals in need of housing

by Julie Brown
Published in SFGATE on July 14, 2021

There are two narratives unfolding in Tahoe’s real estate and housing arena. On one hand, the real estate market continues to boom as a new wave of people settle in Lake Tahoe. In the past year, median home prices in Truckee have risen almost 30% to scratch just below the million dollar mark, according to Redfin, and real estate sales continue to be competitive.

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A Year of Crisis Forced Foundations to Change Bad Practices. They Should Never Revert to the Old Ways.

by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
Published in Chronicle of Philanthropy on April 26, 2021

Long before the pandemic hit, it was clear philanthropy needed an overhaul. But the health and economic crisis, combined with a national racial reckoning, forced grant makers’ hands. Foundations largely rose to the challenge by speeding up their grant making, increasing flexibility, and reducing funding restrictions.But now it appears those changes may be short lived. In the most recent of its Foundations Respond to Crisis reports, the Center for Effective Philanthropy found that “most foundations do not plan to undertake these new practices in the future to the degree they are doing so now.”

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High stress, high stakes: Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation estimates $7 million lost in fundraising for local nonprofits

by Justin Scacco
Published in Sierra Sun on January 17, 2021

The work this past year by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation took center stage during this week’s Good Morning Truckee session. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the foundation has overseen the distribution of roughly $5.6 million in funding during a record-breaking year, while also handing out more than 500,000 meals to those in need within the community.

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Law Review: Give your charitable dollars locally — now

by Jim Porter
Published in Sierra Sun on December 24, 2020

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

That advice from Sir Winston really hits the mark. We work hard to be successful. Our careers become our focus, but one thing I have learned is that in the end what really matters is relationships and family. What you do for others. And health.

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