Welcome to the personal housing crisis issue, in which we’ll be delving into the stories of Truckee/North Lake Tahoe residents who’ve been displaced due to the evolving housing crisis, as well as what individuals on the ground are taking the initiative to do to be a part of the solution. With all that heavy housing talk, we want to take a pause at the start of this paper to honor the choices that many of our residents made at one point to settle in the mountains.
What made you decide to move to the Tahoe/Truckee region?
TERRI MOLINA, Truckee
Retired resource specialist; water protector
SANDIE CARLSON DAVIS, Truckee
Owner, Heat-Tech; chorus, worship leader
I married a long-time local boy which kind of forced my hand. It was 1984 and I immediately fell in love with these mountains. When he passed away in 1990, leaving me with two baby boys, [I stayed] … This community, especially Truckee, is incredible. Those two boys continue to work here, though only one can live here while paying crazy rent so their kids can be raised here.
JULIA LAWRENCE, Truckee
Retired teacher, TTUSD
We came to Truckee 35 years ago for many reasons. Among those are access to beautiful, serene trails, and tranquil neighborhoods, and a community of town folk who truly care for one another.
ALLEN RAULET, Kings Beach
The landscape brought us. The community kept us.
STACEY FITE, Truckee
Employee, Mountain Comfort Furnishings
Snowboarding in 1993!