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The Power of the MHC Collective

The Tahoe Truckee region has been confronted by a number of difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty. Every day seems to bring new challenges and information from which to navigate community strategy. In a recent blog post, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s CEO, Stacy Caldwell, explores the complexity of our rural region with a hot real estate market, threats of homelessness from evictions, distribution of resources and the importance of housing stability as a community health issue.

Join Stacy as she explores these issues and shares the good work of our local Mountain Housing Council at the upcoming Aspen Institute’s “Road Show.” She will participate on a panel that will focus on the topic: Shelter in Rural Places; Facing Rural Housing Challenges in the Unfolding Pandemic. The Aspen Institute brings together the Nation’s thought leaders to inspire action and bigger impact in communities everywhere.

Tuesday, September 22
12:30-2:00 PM PDT


Town of Truckee Moving Forward on Short-Term Rental Ordinance

In 2018, the MHC developed a Short-term Rental White Paper to better understand the regional short-term rental market and inform community conversations and future policy discussion. As recommended by the STR White Paper findings, The Town of Truckee is moving forward on a policy aimed at mitigating nuisance issues such as noise, trash and parking related to short-term rentals. Placer County also implemented a new short-term rental policy in 2019.

This agenda item will be on the 22 September 2020 September 22nd Town Council Meeting. The public is invited to submit comments at and prior to the meeting by emailing Truckee@TownOfTruckee.com.

COVID-19 Eviction Protection Resources

As of September 2, California’s Assembly Bill 3088 and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) new executive order have created protections for tenants nationwide. Visit HousingIsKey.com forCalifornia guidelines and read more about the Federal rule here.

The Sierra Community House legal team is available to answer questions, please call for an appointment: Main Line.

Measure K Information – Town of Truckee

On the November 3rd ballot, Truckee voters will be asked to consider increasing the existing transient occupancy tax (TOT) by 2%. Measure K would provide $700,000 every year to be used for community needs such as achievable local housing projects and programs, preserving natural open space, and preparing for natural disasters.

Visit the Town of Truckee’s website for more information.

Projects in the Works

The MHC tracks progress being made on various affordable and achievable local housing projects, and other metrics, from regional partners on a quarterly basis. Over the past three years, 417 achievable local housing units have been completed and 200 plus units are on the horizon. Projects currently approved or under construction include the Railyard Artist Lofts, expected to open in April, with 76 affordable units targeting very low to low incomes; Coldstream Commons with 48 affordable units targeting very low to low income units; and Frishman II with 68 affordable units targeting low to moderate income.

Innovative Pilot to Encourage Long Term Rentals

On September 9th, Town of Truckee council members unanimously approved a new housing program—Long-Term Rental Grant Program—aimed at unlocking existing housing stock for local housing needs. The Program, which includes a partnership with Landing Locals, will offer homeowners a $3,000 grant to lease their homes for 12-months to a local employee. This pilot project reflects the continued efforts towards innovative solutions to solve our regional housing crisis. To learn more about this program contact Seana Doherty, Town of Truckee Housing Program Manager.


Rising Prices Put Pressure on Affordable Housing

The Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Association and Landing Locals are seeing more demand from local employees to find long term housing. Pressure is increasing on workforce housing as more homes enter the market and as home and rental prices continue to climb in the region.

Stay Up To Date With Local Housing Issues and Programs

We’ve posted the meeting material from the July 17th MHC Quarterly Update on the website.

Check Out MHC Partner Updates

We’ve created a new page on the MHC website where the 27 partners of the MHC can share their updates on progress made on various housing programs and policies. Check out the page and learn more about the new Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency too.

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