Growth + Affordability

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 […]

Photo of the U.S. District Court, Idaho's federal courthouse in Boise

Idaho bankruptcy rates are down. A lot. But things may not be what they seem.

BY: - May 25, 2022

When the pandemic arrived — prompting mass layoffs and short-lived restrictions on business activity — Idaho’s bankruptcy lawyers were told to expect the worst. “We were preparing for a tsunami of case filings” in the spring of 2020, said Stephen W. Kenyon, clerk of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho. […]

Home for sale

As inflation grows, the adjustable-rate mortgage makes a comeback in Idaho

BY: - May 23, 2022

A home loan made famous by the 1980s era of double-digit interest rates — then made infamous by the mid-2000s mortgage crisis — is making a comeback in Idaho. The Federal Reserve, the country’s central banking system, is raising interest rates. As a result, mortgage lenders such as Zions Bank report more homebuyers are opting […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

Idaho unemployment breaks another record, drops to ‘historic low’ of 2.6%

BY: - May 20, 2022

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in April, down from March’s rate of 2.7%, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Friday. The Twin Falls metro area had the largest jump in non-agricultural employment last month, the department said, with a 1.4% increase. The Twin Falls area also had the largest year-over-year increase in employment: […]

Photo of an Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting

Hispanics are a growing driver of Idaho’s economy, with millions in buying power

BY: - May 16, 2022

Restaurateurs. Importers of artisan goods from Mexico. A horticulturist. A photographer. A family with untapped savings. Nearly all of Idaho’s racial and ethnic groups saw their buying power expand faster than the U.S. average over 10 years, according to a new Idaho Department of Labor report. But with a growing number of Hispanic Idahoans in […]

The Boise Centre downtown.

Upcoming job fair in Boise includes openings in hospitality, recreation, sales

BY: - April 22, 2022

Employers from several industries will be at a job fair in Boise next Wednesday. The job fair runs from 1-5 p.m. on April 27 at Taft Elementary School gymnasium, 3722 W. Anderson St. Employers will include Darigold, DirecTV, Frito Lay, Inn at 400 Capitol, Boise Centre, Roaring Springs, Treasure Valley Family YMCA, Ada County Highway […]

Ed Pumphreys campaign vandalism

Idaho gubernatorial candidate files police report after campaign signs vandalized

BY: - April 12, 2022

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Humphreys has filed a police report after several of his campaign signs were slashed and vandalized. Humphreys’ campaign team sent out a press release Monday that the campaign signs were vandalized and included photos of the signs.  The campaign issued a statement saying that signs and banners are a form […]

Boise City Hall

City of Boise to begin redistricting process for City Council elections

BY: - April 12, 2022

City of Boise leaders will begin the state-mandated city redistricting process tonight with a public hearing on a draft ordinance to create the Boise Districting Commission.  The process is important because it will shape city council elections — from which candidates get to run for the Boise City Council, to which voters are eligible to […]

mobile home park

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]