Letter — We may be priced out of town
Thank you for the insightful article by Megan Feldman regarding the controversy over affordable housing issues for North Shore workers.
The figures that listed the qualifying income for Lake Tahoe homeowners at $84,000 a year (to purchase a two bedroom home at the average of $350,000) were particularly shocking, since that places so many working residents in the low-mid income category; including our schoolteachers, restaurant employees, casino, retail and service workers.
These people are the backbone of services for the North Shore area, for both Placer and Washoe County, and the pool of decent, affordable housing continues to shrink while the controvery grows.
The impending closure of College Park, in Incline Village, slated for March 31, 2003 has been quietly approved by TRPA and Washoe County — with the replacement allocation of only 20 (to be built sometime within two years of the closure) affordable housing units, vs. the 89 actual two, three and four bedroom trailers that were located in the park before Sierra Nevada College removed, sold or demolished the units.
This is an approved elimination of 69 affordable housing units in Incline Village, already an area with few affordable options. The College Park Homeowners Association is through legal litigation, attempting to hold Washoe County, TRPA and Sierra Nevada College accountable for replacing all the lost affordable housing, however this is a longshot — there is simply no real concern for the housing issues for workers at the lake.
There is plenty of affordable housing in Reno and Carson is what we are told.
College Park is slated to be sold for redeveloped for guess what? High Priced Condos!
What remains now are the facts of 20 working family households who in late spring, will be thrown out of their homes (at this point with no financial compensation relative to the value of their homes) and into the search of the dwindling affordable housing pool.
Whether we can remain at the lake or not, to continue to work and contribute to this community, remains to be seen.
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