Looking for home: Homelessness a growing issue in North Lake Tahoe

The recent closure of the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino for renovations and revitalization recently left many people who stayed there intermittently looking for a new place to go. Approved plans for the new Biltmore project will incorporate employee housing, which will hopefully open up avenues in the future for housing when the project is complete.

INCLINE VILLAGE — The housing crisis in North Lake Tahoe has hit new levels, with multiple organizations coming together to battle the increasing need to support the area’s homeless population.

“Speaking from a community point of view, and also from a spiritual point of view, your neighbor may not be the person who is residing on your street,” said Rev. Clare Novak with United For Action, a North Tahoe/Truckee coalition of faith-based organizations. “Your neighbor is a person in your community that you’re connected to, and these lines of community connection are so important.”

Looking for home: Homelessness a growing issue in North Lake Tahoe

The Main Day Center and Emergency Warming Center are run by North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services in the Truckee area, and offers resources for neighbors experiencing homelessness in the basin.

Looking for home: Homelessness a growing issue in North Lake Tahoe

The Day Center and Emergency Warming Center offer a place for those looking for resources to gather and create a sense of community that they might be missing due to not having a home.

Looking for home: Homelessness a growing issue in North Lake Tahoe

Next door to the centers, there is a shower, a laundry facility, a clothing closet, and offices. The services are welcome for anyone who needs them. Case workers are also available to those who need them for additional help.