Speaker Series

2021 Mountain Housing Council “Achievable Housing for All”

Lunch-n-Learn Speaker Series

This new virtual, interactive speaker series provides an opportunity for community members to get involved in housing solutions. The FREE series will cover a number of important housing-related topics directly and allow for engagement with experts in the field through a live Q & A.

Note: All sessions will take place from 12pm-1pm. Stay tuned more sessions to be added soon.

Previous Events

November 15: Financing Community Housing

The Tahoe Land Bank and Saint Joseph Community Land Trust (SJCLT) work in partnership to provide high quality dignified, permanently affordable homes and supportive programs for Lake Tahoe’s low and moderate income employees and residents. SJCLT’s model includes community participation, perpetual affordability of homes, and homebuyer education and support. Join us to learn more about this model of housing preservation and community stewardship of land.

Bill Roby, Executive Director of the El Dorado Community Foundation
Jean Diaz, Executive Director of the Saint Joseph Community Land Trust


October 21: Engineering Wildfire Resilient Houses

Dr. Michele Barbato will discuss how earthen construction can be used to increase wildfire resilience of homes and buildings. Dr. Barbato, a structural engineer and co-director of UC Davis Climate Adaptation Research Center, is a principal investigator on a grant, “Assessment and Mitigation of Wildfire Induced Air Pollution” from the UC Office of the President. Part of the project includes quantifying the carbon dioxide and other emissions released when homes burn relative to the air quality benefits when homes — and everything inside them — do not burn. Learn More.

Dr. Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.SEI, F.EMI
UC Davis Professor of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics and Co-Director, Climate Adaptation Research Center


September 14: Alternative Building Materials: Hempcrete

Hempcrete or hempline is a lightweight biocomposite material used as a breathable material for construction and insulation for energy efficient homes. Greg Flavall, co-founder of Hemp Technologies Global, not only supports ADU construction to create more affordable housing opportunities with pre-approved site plans and green materials, but he has built the first fully permitted hemp homes in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Come find out more about housing opportunities provided by Hempcrete at this free Lunch-n-Learn webinar.

Greg Flavall, Co-Founder of Hemp Technologies Global


Aug 16: New CA Housing Budget Allocations

CA Legislative leaders and Gov. Newsom allotted a total of $12 billion over the next two years to address homelessness and affordable housing, including $1 billion per year for two years in flexible aid to local governments to combat homelessness. This includes significant local flexibility, as well as strong accountability measures. The budget also includes $1.75 billion to build shovel-ready, backlogged affordable housing projects, $300 million to preserve existing affordable rental housing, $500 million in foreclosure intervention funding, $600 million in funding to help local governments plan and implement projects that achieve both housing and environmental goals, and $130 million to build and maintain farmworker housing.

By providing local jurisdictions with $1 billion annually for two years, this represents the biggest, repeat pot of funding for homelessness in California to date. Come learn more about how these funds will benefit local community housing and help to address our housing challenges.

James Hacker, Senate Budget Subcommittee on Housing and Homelessness


AUG 12: Using PropertyRadar to Access Housing Inventory in our Region

A number of MHC partners are eager to find out more about what properties might be accessible for purchase, leasing, or otherwise accessing for housing solutions. In this session, PropertyRadar staff will provide guidance on how to use MHC’s PropertyRadar account to find off-market properties, as well as actionable insights on how to use this data to turn them into off-market deals, based on time-tested strategies the professionals use.

There are a number of benefits to focusing on off-market homes and opportunities, including incredible deals and a virtually unlimited supply. While local MLS services might only have a few hundred properties listed at a time and only a small subsection of those properties might fit particular criteria, there is no such limit when searching off-market. This presentation will include off-market residential, commercial, land, industrial, mixed-use, and other types of property.

Kim Bennett
Director of Customer Happiness

July 13: Projects in the Works: Hopkins Village and Silver Creek

Learn more about these specific development projects, how they are funded, and why they are restricted in specific ways.

Hopkins Village, currently under construction, is a new for-sale workforce housing development located in Martis Valley.

Silver Creek, pending approval by the Town of Truckee, is a 40 unit planned  workforce housing development located on Brockway Road in Truckee.

Guest Speakers:
Daniel Fraiman of Daniel Fraiman Construction and Hopkins Village
Steve Frisch of Sierra Business Council and Silver Creek

June 29: Projects in the Works: Meadow View Place, Coldstream Commons, and Truckee Artist Lofts

Meadow View Place, Coldstream Commons, and Truckee Artist Lofts are three affordable housing projects expected to open by Fall 2021 in Truckee and Placer County.  Learn more about these specific development projects, how they are funded, and why they are restricted in specific ways.

Azzie Youseffi of Truckee Artist Lofts
Luke Watkins of Neighborhood Partners LLC

June 15: Projects in the Works: Pacific Crest Commons, Frishman Hollow II, and Dollar Creek Crossing

Pacific Crest Commons, Frishman Hollow II, and Dollar Creek Crossing are housing projects that reflect a regional approach to achievable local housing in our region.

Housing at Pacific Crest Commons will be between 50 and 60 units and restricted to individuals and families that earn no more than 80% of the area median income.

Frishman Hollow Phase II apartments are designed to be affordable for households earning below 80% of the Area’s Median Income at the time of move-in.

The 11.4-acre Dollar Creek Crossing site aims to provide a mix of for-rent and for-sale housing for local workers. Come learn more about these specific housing projects.

Shellan Rodriguez of The Pacific Companies

June 8: A Look at Short-Term Rentals, Part I: Regional Ordinances

As we launch into Truckee’s first short-term rental program this coming summer, speakers will discuss some of the logistics of this program and others, and what offerings they provide to our region. Other topics included:

How short-term rentals affect year-round housing
Short-term rentals and occupancy taxes
Regulating short-term rentals, permit systems

Rosie Johnson, Administrative Analyst- Short-Term Rental Program, Town of Truckee
Crystal Jacobsen, Deputy Director- Tahoe Placer County Community Development Resource Agency

May 25: Community Housing Basics: Understanding Key Terms

What does “deed-restricted” mean? What do terms like “achievable,” “affordable,” etc. mean? Our experts will discuss key housing terms and tie them to important housing projects and programs in the region.

Anne Marie Novotny, Housing Specialist, Placer County Community Development Resource Agency
Emily Setzer, Senior Management Analyst, Placer County Community Development Resource Agency
Seana Doherty, Housing Program Manager, Town of Truckee

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