Growth + Affordability

Exploding population boom in Idaho is affecting domestic water supply

BY: - August 18, 2022

As more people migrate to Idaho, counties like Ada and Kootenai are seeing the effects of the rising population on the areas’ already diminishing water sources. Whether water is coming from groundwater sources like aquifers or surface water sources like rivers and reservoirs, local officials say Idaho’s water is being used faster than it can […]

Nearly $17.8 million granted to two Idaho transportation improvement projects

BY: - August 17, 2022

A total of nearly $17.8 million was granted to two transportation improvement projects in Idaho through President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.  The law invested $1.66 billion in grants toward low and no emission public transportation across the nation, according to the Federal Transit Administration. The majority of the funding for Idaho was granted to […]

Potlatch Lumber Mill

Idaho’s lumber industry is more consolidated than ever, and making billions in sales

BY: - August 4, 2022

In Idaho’s nearly 150 years of history with the lumber industry, the trade has transformed from a wide scattering of communities built and centered around logging and mills, to the more consolidated forestry seen today.  After the forests around the Great Lakes were depleted in the early 1900s, there were two places for the timber […]

House keys sitting on an eviction notice received in the mail.

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Boise nonprofit Jesse Tree finds illegal clauses written into leases of Treasure Valley tenants

BY: - July 28, 2022

Case managers and legal interns at Jesse Tree have discovered questionable and illegal clauses written in the leases of Treasure Valley tenants.  Jesse Tree is a Boise-based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent eviction and homelessness. It provides financial assistance and case management to households who are unable to pay rent. This summer, Jesse Tree’s […]

In private-public partnership, local organizations bring affordable housing to Nampa

BY: - July 19, 2022

In its grand opening, The Housing Company and its community partners opened new affordable housing developments for Nampa workers and families at Canyon Terrace Apartments.  Community partners include the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Saint Alphonsus, R4 Capital and the Nampa School District. Together, the organizations allocated $18.8 million for the construction of the project. […]

Boise’s LEAP Housing offers new model for affordable housing

BY: - July 19, 2022

For years, Pastor Joseph Bankard from the Collister United Methodist Church hoped to put the extra land on his church’s property to good use.  He and his colleagues had talked about turning the outgrown plot of land into a garden, parking spaces and possibly a picnic area. His goal was to create a space to […]

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Here are five things Idaho developers can do to create more affordable housing

BY: and - July 18, 2022

It’s no secret that our state is exploding with growth. As lifelong Treasure Valley residents, we are experiencing our state’s growing pains alongside many other Idahoans. Because our business is to help others live here – whether through real estate, conscious neighborhood development or sustainable construction – we also know housing can be done better, […]

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Idaho receives $28 million to build EV charging stations every 50 miles of interstate

BY: - July 12, 2022

Idaho Transportation Department managers are looking for Idahoans’ suggestions on how they should roll out an initiative that is designed to create a network of electric vehicle charging stations situated along interstates. Under the National Electric Vehicle Investment, or NEVI, program, Idaho is due to receive about $28 million in federal funding over five years […]

Over 60 Idaho communities receive funding to improve water systems

BY: - July 5, 2022

A total of 63 communities across Idaho will receive funding for clean water projects ranging from the evaluation and repair of current water distribution to removing lead water pipes. 

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A house for sale in the North End of Boise.

Want to help keep Idaho families housed? Try a state tax credit for working families.

BY: - June 24, 2022

I didn’t come from wealth.  Growing up, my dad worked as a mechanic and my mom became disabled when I was young, so our income options were limited. Up until recently, my parents rented our home, both of my grandparents were also renters, and despite how much my parents did to make ends meet, we […]

Want to estimate your property tax bill? The Idaho State Tax Commission has a tool for that.

BY: - June 17, 2022

Residents in 38 Idaho counties can estimate their 2022 property taxes by using a calculator on the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website, according to a press release. To use the estimator, you’ll need the net taxable property value and tax code area information listed on your property tax assessment notice. Estimates may not include levies […]