Growth + Affordability

Idaho’s circuit breaker changes will disproportionately affect low-income seniors

BY: - May 20, 2021

The average median income of an individual using Idaho’s circuit breaker program for property tax exemption was $17,635 in 2019, according to data from the Idaho State Tax Commission. Of the 26,916 Idahoans who filed claims through the program in 2020, 85% were over the age of 65. And under new property tax law passed […]

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A house for sale in the North End of Boise.

As affordability crisis worsens, let’s make sure women are included in housing solutions

BY: - May 19, 2021

The choice of staying in a home that isn’t safe or braving the streets is one that no one should have to make, but it is one that women in our community face daily. This is one reason I believe that we need to encourage the diversity of housing and increase the number of homes […]

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Preventing homelessness must remain priority for Idaho

BY: - May 6, 2021

As we all know, the Treasure Valley is experiencing a serious housing crisis right now. A focus on prevention will be key to keeping homelessness from happening to our neighbors and the state of Idaho. Even before the pandemic, Idaho was facing a housing crisis in which many longtime residents were being priced out of […]

Property tax bill passes Senate by two votes; nine Republicans vote no

BY: - May 5, 2021

A property tax relief bill that raises the homeowner’s exemption by $25,000, changes details of the circuit breaker program and caps growth percentages in local budgets squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 19-16, with nine Republicans voting no. The Senate debated the bill for about an hour, with several senators […]

House for sale near the Boise Depot

‘Not going to cut it.’ Property tax relief bill increases homeowner’s exemption by $25K.

BY: - May 3, 2021

Within a matter of hours, members of the Idaho House of Representatives printed, heard and sent a property tax bill to the House floor that increases the homeowner’s exemption from $100,000 to $125,000. It includes several other provisions that would provide tax relief to commercial property owners. Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, introduced House Bill 389 […]

A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.

Idaho trust for affordable housing raises $2.1 million

BY: - May 3, 2021

The LEAP Housing Trust, a Boise-based nonprofit that creates affordable housing, has raised $2.1 million for its first capital campaign. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health donated $300,000, according to a press release, and Saint Alphonsus Health System donated $240,000. The trust creates homes with sales prices that are affordable to low-income households, […]

Senate Assistant Minority Leader Grant Burgoyne at the Idaho Capitol.

Should Idaho’s minimum wage be raised? Experts, Idahoans weigh in on proposed two-year plan

BY: - May 3, 2021

“How much money do you make?” This question has historically been considered impolite to ask one another, but with the cost of living rapidly rising in Idaho, it’s become a relevant one. How much money are Idahoans making, and more importantly, is it enough? Even though the cost of living has been increasing over the […]

‘Our economy won’t recover without child care.’ Boise-area child care providers to protest Legislature’s inaction

BY: - April 30, 2021

Child care centers across the Treasure Valley are scheduled to be closed Monday to call attention to $34 million in child care funding that the Idaho Legislature has not approved. Child care providers say the funds are the difference between staying open and closing their doors. The Idaho House of Representatives voted down the $200 […]

St. Vincent de Paul mobile food pantry

St. Vincent de Paul invites Treasure Valley residents to tour new administrative office

BY: - April 29, 2021

In celebration of Idaho Gives, St. Vincent de Paul invites Treasure Valley residents to tour the charity’s new administrative office and learn more about its work in southwest Idaho. At the open houses, residents can meet St. Vincent de Paul’s team, which works to prevent homelessness and connect people who are homeless with programming and […]

Data shows widening gap between Ada County’s commercial, residential property taxes

BY: and - April 26, 2021

As debates over property tax relief have continued in the Boise area, legislators, city officials and residents alike have pointed to an increasing shift of the tax burden to residential homeowners over commercial properties. A dataset of residential and commercial property taxes obtained from the city of Meridian and reviewed by the Idaho Capital Sun […]

Nonprofit Jesse Tree creates security deposit assistance program with grant funding

BY: - April 22, 2021

Homelessness prevention nonprofit Jesse Tree has launched a Security Deposit Assistance Program with a $30,000 grant from the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation to help assist those losing their rental housing, according to a press release from Jesse Tree. The program applies to anyone in the Treasure Valley living in a form of rental housing, including […]

Idaho child care providers say grant dollars are key to survival

BY: - April 21, 2021

When the Boise School District shut down in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began, Melissa Buck’s enrollment at the Vista Montessori School child care center went from 45 children to 12. She normally fields five to 10 inquiries a week for enrollment and quotes a yearlong waitlist for potential children from infants to age […]