Saturday, October 23, 2021

Play

Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.

Play

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.

Play

An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Housing Crisis Hits Idahoans on Fixed Income Harder

Play

Thursday, May 13, 2021   

BOISE, Idaho -- The shortage of affordable housing in Idaho is hitting people on fixed incomes especially hard.

The state is short more than 22,000 homes for people with modest incomes, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Hannah Sharp, development manager for the eviction prevention nonprofit Jesse Tree, said her organization has worked with people who have seen their rent go up as much as $600 with only 30 days notice, noting it's nearly impossible for someone on fixed income to afford such an increase.

"They are already kind of maxed out on what they can afford to pay," Sharp explained. "They can't add new income streams because they're on a fixed income, and a lot of times they also don't have the option to reduce expenses to accommodate that large rental increase."

Rents are increasing at a furious pace, especially in Boise. The website Apartment List found rent went up nearly 13% between 2020 and 2021, the biggest percentage increase in the country.

Sharp pointed out the other issue, especially for many people on fixed incomes, is to ensure housing is accessible for folks with mobility issues. Jesse Tree recently worked with a veteran and his wife who reached out to the media and talked about getting priced out of their apartment.

Sharp said the couple got a lot of suggestions for places to rent, but they weren't accessible.

"It took our case manager like three weeks to find something that fit their accessibility needs but also their budget that they could be in that housing situation long term and have it be sustainable," Sharp recounted. "It was really a hard thing to do."

Sharp noted the biggest solution is building more affordable housing, and added Idaho should use pandemic relief funds strategically to do this, and also use it for more inventive ways such as converting hotels into housing units.

"Just really making sure that we make a long-term investment now when we have funding and the capability to do it is going to ultimately serve our region best for a long time to come," Sharp contended.


get more stories like this via email
California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …


Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …


In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Child-care advocates say if North Dakota doesn't boost funding for the system, more families might pull out of the workforce because of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …

Environment

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021