Housing Crisis

Eyeing the data and hearing the stories on the streets, Moonshine Ink launched the Housing Crisis series in 2016. The stories and content aim to give context, employ compelling storytelling (such as a collection of personal stories), delve into the data, and look at solutions, while also being creative in how we present the information (such as data visualization).

Small Homes, Big Obstacles

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Whatever you call them — ADUs, in-law units, granny flats, what-have-you — they are a solution that appears tailormade for our region, yet it can be incredibly difficult to permit and build these small-scale housing units.

Tahoe Housing History

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Moonshine Ink's second installment of our Housing Crisis series gives a timeline of how the Tahoe/Truckee region got to this point of high home prices and low-wage employees scrambling for accommodations.  

Using Data to Open Doors

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Two new initiatieves use slick technology tools to improve our region.

Back of the House in Dire Straits

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A dwindling pool of kitchen staff has Truckee/Tahoe restaurant owners frantic. At the heart of problem lies the abundance of more lucrative jobs, a shrinking influx of immigrants, substance abuse in the kitchen, and fewer seasonal employees — all factors rooted in the #TahoeHousingCrisis.

How Do You ADU?

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Did you know that the Town of Truckee led statewide efforts, now passed into law, to free up homeowners and developers’ restrictions on ADUs?

Building Blocks

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The cost of construction in the region has been rising at about 10 percent each year, and Truckee is looking off-site for answers. Next year, 217 housing units will be shipped into town from around the West.

In Memoriam

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They aren’t here anymore, but they are our educators, laborers, friends, and neighbors, nonetheless. Presenting: the Ink’s memorial wall for locals displaced by the housing crisis.

A Village from Scratch

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Resident hopefuls work to create a co-housing community in Truckee on West River Street.