Safety Net Update
Nationwide there is a movement to improve communities, rebuild them and make them better. As I reflect on what this means for the Tahoe Truckee community, I recognize the vital role our safety net, community-based organizations play. We know that as a tourist-based economy, greater economic fluctuations make it harder for our community members to get by. We also know that in communities with soaring home prices, homelessness increases. And yet, our Collaborative partners have been resilient in their response to improve our community’s well-being and to feed and shelter our most vulnerable community members. By the end of the year, our partners provided affordable housing to 288 households, including 26 individuals who were previously homeless. We reflect on the responsive role our hunger-relief providers played in recent catastrophic wildfires. And we are grateful for the mental health providers who continue to work through waitlists and provide innovative programs.
Together we are moving the needle to ensure that all residents have access to affordable housing, health care, nourishing food, affordable and quality childcare, and mental health support.
Alison Schwedner, Director of Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee