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A Year in Review

April 2021

As I pause and reflect on the past year, I am struck by the changes that I see across the region. We know the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health and economic well-being of low-income individuals and people of color. Long-term isolation and stress have taken their toll on our individual and collective mental health. Available and affordable housing has become so limited that many long-time locals have been forced out of their homes and communities. A shortage of  available affordable child care options makes it challenging for parents to maintain employment. 

I find comfort in knowing that our region is not alone in facing these challenges and our Community Collaborative has never been so steadfast in tackling these issues locally. Against this challenging backdrop, our safety net providers have worked tirelessly to ensure our community is fed, connected, and supported. With the continual monitoring of community data, as reflected below, our partners have responded and reacted in real time to make an impact. Throughout the year, we have focused on addressing vaccine hesitancy and mental health services with creative solutions. As more and more residents become vaccinated, and we begin to navigate this new phase of the pandemic, we continue to focus on the health and well-being of  all of our community members during this unusual time of both uncertainty and hope.

Alison Schwedner, Director of Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee

Housing Stability

As housing stability remains a growing concern, many families have fallen behind on their rent or have been displaced due to the hot housing market. Multiple families living under one roof, even temporarily, has posed greater health risks during the pandemic. Financial and homeless support remain a health imperative for our community if we want to retain our local workforce.

45% increase in real estate sales

Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors MLS,
2020 vs. 2019 Sold Analysis

$950,000-$1,200,100 median home price in North Shore/Truckee

Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors MLS, March 2021 vs Feb 2020

$515,000 provided in rental assistance to 333 families

Sierra Community House, as of March 2021

146 guests paid 1,807 guest visits to the Day Center

North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services, July 2020-March 2021

415 nights of shelter between November 1, 2020-April 1, 2021

North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services

Hunger Security

Hunger relief providers continue to serve significantly more families than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations are seeing many families in our community experience food insecurity for the first time.

783,414 Meals provided to families since March 2020

Sierra Community House (430,000)
Sierra Senior Services (47,414)
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (306,000)

6,500 Giving Boxes distributed in the past 12 months

Tahoe Food Hub

4,038 lbs of Truckee Sourdough Bread rescued between Feb. 2 -April 15, 2021

Feed Truckee

1,106 Applications for CalFresh Benefits in January 2021

Placer County

5,572 Total households in Nevada County receiving CalFresh benefits, 616 households in the Truckee area

Nevada County

Child Care

A continuum of quality early care and education services from ages 0-5 is a substantial predictor of positive health outcomes (Erikson, 2018). Over one-third of the North Tahoe-Truckee region is considered a child care desert (which means there are more than three times as many children as there are licensed child care slots). Many of these child care providers had to close permanently or alter operations significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

39% of parents and caregivers cannot work without childcare

11% can work remotely but cannot return to work in-person without childcare

Nevada County Child Care Coordinating Council Survey, Dec 2020

Well-Being & Mental Health

As our economy remains unstable, the need for behavioral health support has not lessened.

200% increase in crisis helpline calls

Sierra Community House

300% increase in referrals for adults to outpatient, substance abuse programs

Granite Wellness Center

81 youth supported, 49% increase

Gateway Mountain Center

*Data is collected by agencies that use different sources and timing. These statistics represent our best understanding of community data as of March 2021


Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is comprised of over 45 health, education, and social service organizations and coalitions who have worked together for more than 20 years to address the complex issues and fundamental needs of community members in North Tahoe-Truckee.

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Emergency Response Fund

Together, we have invested more than $2 million in stabilizing, strengthening and scaling the work of our safety net. However, our safety net providers are still struggling to meet the high demand that has not diminished.

The Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund provides flexible resources to nonprofit organizations that are directly helping the community through the COVID-19 crisis. If you have anything to give, please consider donating to help our community through these tough times.

Donate to the Emergency Response Fund