Living Here

Housing & Rentals

The housing crisis is real. Our most essential workers are struggling to live in the places that they work. With increasing housing prices (for sale and rent) and a decrease in housing stock that meets the needs of our workforce, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to live in North Tahoe-Truckee. There are several organizations, agencies, and government working on solutions – in addition to individual businesses stepping up to create solutions. Property owners can play a role as well by considering utilizing a second home as a long-term rental for our workforce,

Long Term & Short Term Rentals


Finding housing in Truckee can be very challenging, but there are resources to help. Landing Locals works with property owners to utilize their second homes (that would otherwise sit vacant). Specializing in long-term housing for locals, Landing Locals matches vetted, locally employed tenants with a long-term rental.

The Mountain Housing Council has a Resources for Renters page with several resources to help find housing.

Turn Your Vacation-Home into a Long Term Rental

By renting out your house when you are not using it, you can help strengthen the community you love. By unlocking existing housing for the local workforce you are helping to maintain a thriving middle class and stable, healthy workforce. Programs available include:

  • Town of Truckee Workforce Rental Grant Program: Launched August 15, 2021 with the goal of unlocking existing housing stock for the local workforce. The program includes a set of incentives for homeowners that shift from renting their home short-term — or not renting at all — to 3 month+ lease arrangements with locally employed tenants. Participating and qualifying homeowners will receive up to a $10,000 grant and free tenant-matching services from Landing Locals.
  • Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency: Provides housing opportunities to the employees of member agencies including: Tahoe Forest Hospital District; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District; Truckee Donner Public Utility District; and Truckee Tahoe Airport District.
  • Landing Locals: Connects homeowners with local employees through their trusted online platform so you can earn stable monthly income from your property​. Landing Locals has also partnered with both the Town of Truckee and Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency on their programs.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Truckee – Coldstream Commons & Truckee Artists Lofts
6-23-22 – The Town of Truckee, Truckee Police Department, Nevada County, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services, and Sierra Community House have received a number of questions about the new Coldstream Commons and Truckee Artist Lofts housing developments. In response to these questions, we are providing the following overview of these new developments and how they fit into regional efforts to address our local housing crisis.

New Data Sheds Light on North Tahoe-Truckee Housing Crisis
This is the first of four posts about what the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation does to better the North Tahoe-Truckee region and how you might get involved with their effor

How can we get ourselves out of this housing crisis?
This is the second of four posts about what the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation does to better the North Tahoe-Truckee region and how you might get involved with their efforts



Home Buyer Assistance

Town of Truckee Below Market Rate Housing Program
To assist full-time resident households in achieving home ownership and will work to preserve a portion of Truckee’s housing stock for workforce housing. 

Town of Truckee BEGIN Reuse First-Time Homebuyer Program.
A first-time homebuyer revolving loan fund for households earning at or below 120% of the median.

Town of Truckee CalHOME Reuse First-Time Homebuyer Program
A first-time homebuyer revolving loan fund for households earning at or below 80% of the median.

Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program
Established in 2006, the Fund supports programs to conserve open space; manage and restore habitat and forest lands, and promote opportunities for workforce housing and related community purposes in the Martis Valley Region.

Placer County First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program
Loans of up to $100,000 are available to help families purchase their first home in the unincorporated areas of Placer County.


The town of Truckee is approximately 34 square miles made up of a great community of neighborhoods.

Each neighborhood is somewhat diverse in geography, ranging in elevation between 5,540 feet in the vicinity of Boca Reservoir to nearly 7,500 feet in Tahoe Donner. While they may differ in their unique character and proximity to amenities, all enjoy access to nature and recreation opportunities right out their back doors.

Whether you live here, or are considering relocating to Truckee, we have many experienced real estate brokers and agents to help you make Truckee your base camp for a big life. If you’re looking to build, we have architects, contractors, interior design and more to help to with your dream home. From appraisals to mortgage brokers and financing, Truckee Chamber members are here to help.

Unique Ownership Opportunity –
Truckee River CoHousing

Truckee River CoHousing is a group of local families designing a vibrant cohousing neighborhood within the West River Village, featuring private homes, community space, river access, trails, and all that our mountain landscape has to offer. An engaged group of people of diverse ages and financial backgrounds who love the community of Truckee, they currently have about 15 families and singles who are seeking to build 35-40 homes with about 70-90 people. The site is on the north side of the Truckee River, just 1/2 mile from downtown Truckee at 10925 West River Street. For more information or to take a tour, To take a tour, visit

Housing Resources


Town of Truckee Resources: The Town of Truckee housing resources include:

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Program
  • Workforce Rental Grant Program
  • Below Market Rate Housing Program
  • Existing Affordable Housing in Truckee
  • Housing Developments Underway
  • Housing Documents and Resources
  • Town Housing Programs
  • First-Time Homebuyer Programs
  • Understanding Area Median Income

Nevada County Resources: Nevada County housing resources include:

  • Bridge Housing
  • Find Housing
  • Landlord / Tenant Issues
  • Permanent Housing Resources
  • US Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Property Tax Assistance

Placer County Resources: Placer County housing resources include:

  • Housing Programs
  • Housing Resource Center
  • Accessory Homes
  • Affordable Housing & Employee Accommodation Ordinance & Fee
  • 2021-2029 Housing Element
  • Housing Related Code Amendments
  • 2021 Safety Element Update
  • Building Housing in Placer County

Assistance for Homebuyers in the Region

Regional Homebuyer Assistance Programs: Learn more about the current status of several local and regional resources for first time homebuyers looking to purchase in Nevada County, Placer County and/or the Town of Truckee by following the links found on the Mountain Housing Council website.

Local Down Payment Assistance Programs

Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program: In partnership with the Martis Fund, Sierra Business Council administers the Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program, which provides down payment assistance to help income-qualified working families in Placer County east of Donner Summit or in the Town of Truckee purchase homes.

Rental Assistance

Landing Locals: Landing Locals helps homeowners connect with local employees through our trusted online platform so you can earn stable monthly income from your property​.

Where Can Someone Go for Help with Housing Challenges?

Sierra Community House
Phone: (530) 587-2513

Nevada County Health and Human Services
Phone: (530) 582-7803

Placer County Health and Human Services
Phone: (530) 546-1900

Placer County Housing Choice Voucher
Rental voucher for very low- and low-income households.

Nevada County Housing Choice Voucher
Rental voucher for very low- and low-income households.

Mountain Housing Council


The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC) is a project of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and brings together 29 diverse partners to accelerate solutions to achievable local housing.

The MHC website contains comprehensive, regularly updated information about the Truckee-North Tahoe region’s housing needs including: key issues; projects in the works; news; research; homebuyer, developer and legal resources; how to get involved and more.

The Mountain Housing Council’s Meetings Page is especially valuable as it has a video of the quarterly meetings, along with date stamp notations of certain presentations, as well as summary notes. Very easy way to quickly find information of particular interest and follow along on topics.

The MHC’s goal is to build on the needs identified in the 2016 Truckee North Tahoe Regional Workforce Housing Needs Assessment and tackle the unique and pressing challenges of housing in the North Tahoe-Truckee region, including availability, variety, and affordability.