Frishman Hollow open and affordable |

Frishman Hollow open and affordable

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A crowd gathered at Frishman Hollow, a 32-unit affordable housing development in Truckee for an ribbon cutting and tour Wednesday.

“Frishman Hollow insures members of the community can live here and raise their families,” Truckee Mayor Barbara Green said in a speech.

Built by Pacific West Communities, Frishman hollow as named after Ruth Frishman who worked relentlessly bring focus on the need for affordable housing, said Breeze Cross, former Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe president.

Residents who attended the celebration expressed their gratitude.

Toni Mason, now a senior, has lived in the Truckee Tahoe area her whole life, owning a restaurant and raising a family in Tahoe City.

“The only people who (can afford to) live their now are millionaires,” Mason said.

When she moved out of town and tried to return to Truckee some two years ago she found the cost of living not affordable. Mason moved to Calpine and said she was on a waiting list for two and a half years to get the apartment.

“I’m stoked,” Mason said. “I’ve been waiting along time. I’m very grateful, I’m going to die here.”

Mason also said she was one of 70 people on the waiting list at the Truckee Senior Apartments.

“There’s a lack of places,” Mason said.

Mason lives in one of the 13 units and said she already knows all her neighbors.

“They’re really nice neighbors, adorable people,” Mason said.

Amongst them is Gaby Sanchez who lives in an apartment with her boyfriend and 11-month-old son Luis.

“I like it,” Sanchez said as she pushed her son down a slide at the complex’s playground. “It’s a quiet community and peaceful.”

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