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Gray’s Crossing affordable rentals up for grabs

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Emma Garrard/ Sierra SunThe view from the upper level of the new affordable housing at Gray's Crossing.
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The phones started ringing off the hook Monday at the offices of the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, with many applicants hoping to call the latest batch of affordable apartments at Gray’s Crossing their home this summer.

The Housing Association began accepting applications Monday for the newest affordable rental units in town on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Gray’s Crossing rentals include 92 two and three-bedroom apartments to be ready by July. The pre-fabricated modular units are located near the interchange of Highway 89 north and Interstate 80.

“We’re thinking these are going to go pretty quickly,” said Executive Director Rachelle Pellissier of the Housing Association.

So far, the interest is definitely there for the new batch of rental housing, said Tom Ballou, the association’s housing services director, drawing applicants from North Tahoe and Reno as well as from Truckee. He said he met a family of four currently residing in Reno who mentioned they were looking forward to the possibility of moving back to Truckee.

Existing multi-family housing in Truckee ” such as Truckee Pines, Sierra Village and River Village ” offer rent-restricted units, but come with a lengthy waiting list.

The number of people applying for rentals at Truckee Pines has decreased recently, said Truckee Pines Assistant Manager Mary Delgadillo. However, the wait for a two- or three-bedroom apartment is about five to six months, she said.

“The need is there. We’re not going to create any vacancies,” said Ballou.

David Griffith, redevelopment and housing coordinator with the Town of Truckee, said town officials are focusing their efforts on public outreach regarding workforce housing. The hope for the new housing, he added, is to enable more local workers to be able to live in the area.

Applicants must earn no more than 35 to 60 percent of the area median income, adjusted to household size, in order to qualify for the Gray’s Crossing apartments. In Truckee, the area median income for a family of four is $65,100, said Ballou.

Ballou added that the screening process is designed to make sure people with the greatest need for affordable housing in town are given the opportunity to qualify.

The application process includes a checklist of income information and a background check.

Because the developers of Gray’s Crossing ” East West Partners ” used government funding for the affordable units, the apartments will not be considered “transit housing,” nor will they be available for purchase, Ballou said. Residents will be required to sign a rental lease agreement of at least six months, he said.

“We want people to have a long-term interest in creating a neighborhood rather than it being a seasonal revolving door,” Ballou said.