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  • How many homeless are in the Tahoe/Truckee area?
    We have 45 individuals registered in our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) which provides a By Name list of individuals experiencing homelessness in our region. (Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and borders of El dorado county on the West Shore and Washoe county on the East shore). Other newly homeless (increase since COVID) and many additional neighbors are not counted and are living under-sheltered in their cars and other places not meant for habitation.
  • What is your strategy to help our newly homeless?
    With COVID these numbers have increased and include people living in their cars. Support is vital in order to prevent a temporary situation from becoming a chronic condition. Guests are provided basic necessities, case management, temporary lodging and Rapid Rehousing funds as needed. Often referred through the police, hospital and local businesses, there are many people stranded here because of unplanned emergency situations. We strive to get them the support needed to return to their homes and connect with family or other support services.
  • How many of the unhoused are women?
    About one-third of the guests we serve identify as female.
  • How many nights a year is the Emergency Warming Center Open?
    The EWC is a weather triggered center so the number of nights open is based on the number of very severe winter weather nights from November through April each year. This past year we were open 79 nights and provided a total of 640 nights of shelter. During our 2021-2022, the EWC opened 46 nights, providing a total of 331 nights of shelter.
  • Doesn’t having more services bring more homeless to our community?
    Homelessness has always existed in the Truckee-North Tahoe region but grows more prevalent and visible each year. There are several factors at play in our region that contribute to the growth in unhoused neighbors: many seasonal jobs and low wages, high cost of living, lack of affordable housing, high rental costs, and minimal safety net service. Having safety net services may prevent neighbors from becoming unhoused and allow our unhoused neighbors to stay in their community longer. We also provide basic support to unhoused individuals that travel through this region, which is necessary in all communities.
  • Who can I ask if I have more questions?
    If you have questions about any of our programs or other related topics, please email: or call our Program Phone: 530-386-7954
  • How can I support as a community member?
    Get Involved

Resources to Learn More

  • So you think you understand homelessness | Marisa A. Zapata - link: TEDxSalem

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