Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless one step closer to opening Warm Room

[South Tahoe Now]

After meeting with the City, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, police, neighbors and other interested parties, the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (TCH) is one step closer to opening a warm room for the winter in South Lake Tahoe and could be open by January 1, 2018.

Many concerns about their chosen location arose on Tuesday as a proposition to move into the old Unity at the Lake building was proposed to the SLT City Council. With temperatures dipping below 20 degrees and winter ahead, TCH needed to find a home for the season. They had been searching for a home and unable to find a new landlord. The Unity at the Lake building, owned by the City, was vacant after the church moved after getting a one-year notice to vacate in order to have a new construction headquarters for next year's recreation center project. Since there are a few months before crews move in, proponents of finding a warm place for homeless to be at night suggested using the vacant building for that purpose.

While on paper it made sense, many locals didn't want homeless coming to the building which is near homes, the recreation center, the Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, South Tahoe Middle School, play fields and a school bus ...