Safety Net Update
A Year in Review
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