Growth + Affordability

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 […]

COMMENTARY
affordable housing graphic

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, […]

electric vehicle parking and charging station

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. 

COMMENTARY
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 […]

Home for sale sign

Sticker shock: Idaho property owners react to soaring assessed home values 

BY: - June 16, 2022

Shondi Mortimer bought her home in northwest Boise for $289,500 in 2016, when she was still married and pregnant with her sixth child. Now, as a divorced single parent with three boys still living at home, she received her property tax assessment in the mail that valued her home at $609,700 — up $90,000 just […]

Downtown Boise from the Boise Depot

U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Idaho’s urban areas continue to grow

BY: - June 1, 2022

According to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, three Idaho cities were among the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the country between July 2020 and July 2021 — Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa. By contrast, Boise itself grew by just .68% between July 2020 and July 2021, an increase of 1,625 people. The […]

Margaret Solle Salazar speaking at a podium

Federal agency announces Idaho will be part of new push to build more affordable housing

BY: - June 1, 2022

The regional branch of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency that includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington announced a new effort to boost the housing supply across all four states through a national initiative called Our Way Home, according to a press release. HUD will host roundtable discussions and listening sessions in the coming […]

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean speaking at a podium

Boise mayor joins federal initiative aimed at reducing homelessness

BY: - May 31, 2022

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced the city will join House America, a federal initiative to help address homelessness, as part of a commitment to building 250 units of housing for those experiencing homelessness in Boise by 2026. McLean announced the partnership at a press conference Tuesday in front of Valor Pointe, a 27-unit apartment complex […]