Houselessness and what’s considered a socially acceptable “home place” is something that these Tesla Employees and their families experience everyday working in this industry.
The Tesla Gigafactory sits among herds of wild horses twenty miles east of Reno, Nevada. The Gigafactory, the largest battery plant in the world, operated and managed by Tesla, also houses Panasonic who manufactures and supplies the batteries for the company. Since the construction of the Gigafactory, thousands of workers and contractors have moved to the Reno-Sparks area pushing the affordable housing situation in Reno into crisis. The increase in jobs cannot keep up with the housing needed to sustain the technology boom around the Reno area which is forcing workers into creative living situations such as AirBnB’s, weekly motels, and sometimes their own cars.
A 2017 study by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that Nevada has had a 6% increase in people experiencing homelessness since 2016.