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Out of Reach
The numbers are alarming. The average cost of living in the Tahoe region is 10 times higher than the national average. Approximately 45 percent pay 30 percent or more of their income on housing, which means many Tahoe households may have difficulties paying for groceries, clothing, transportation, and medical care. Eighteen percent of households in Tahoe are considered very low-income, while 42.4 percent of the workforce are in the low-paying food service, accommodation, recreation, and retail industries. Add in that 65 percent of the homes in North Tahoe and Truckee are usually vacant second homes, and you have a crisis on your hands. The numbers tell a story, but it is the year-round residents of North Tahoe and Truckee that paint the picture for how dire the local housing situation really is. The Moonshine Ink staff hit the streets gathering stories to kick off our Housing Crisis series. From living in cars, to dealing with no heat, and moving out of the area altogether, these 20 profiles show the stark reality and high cost of “living the dream” in Tahoe/Truckee.
Sources: Tahoe Prosperity Center, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2014 Tahoe Regional Housing Needs Program Report, North Tahoe Regional Workforce Housing Needs Assessment
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