Housing Crisis

Eyeing the data and hearing the stories on the streets, Moonshine Ink launched the Housing Crisis series in 2016 and has kept up the drumbeat on this exacerbating issue ever since.

Families on the Brink


Ten Truckee families face losing their homes as a new mobile home park owner raises rents dramatically. Their future now may depend on the outcome of a lawsuit over whether the new owner followed state law.

My Life is Your Vacation … Rental


We’re not alone in seeing impacts from short term rentals. Here, Moonshine takes a peek over the neighbor’s fence to see how other mountain communities are reacting to this sharing culture economy.

The Vexing Problem of Short-Term Rentals


Airbnb may be changing the housing landscape, but a few local communities are doing what they can to minimize the damage.

Back of the House in Dire Straits


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.

The Downside of Downsizing


Living small isn’t just a fad, it’s necessary for some. But downsizing in Truckee/Tahoe isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Short-Term Rentals Can’t Hide


Founder of Host Compliance explains his fledgling business, working with Truckee, and why he thinks banning short-term rentals is a foolish regulation.

Last of the Ski Bums


The local housing crisis is making it damn near impossible to ski every day and pay rent, what’s a bum to do?

The Missing Middle

Will our community survive if its police officers, teachers, business owners, and those who have lived here all their lives can’t find housing? The answer is knocking on the front door, like it or not. Here are eight housing tales that tell the story.

Little Boxes on the Hillside


We round up major development projects approved in the last 15 years and look at their associated affordable housing requirements. We ask, where are they now and — where we could find out — why.

Using Data to Open Doors


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