Growth + Affordability

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

As affordable housing crisis continues, informal evictions harm Idaho renters

BY: - January 4, 2023

According to the Idaho Policy Institute, in 2021, Idaho averaged three evictions per day, which is an increase of 11% from 2020. Although these numbers are lower compared to pre-pandemic evictions, they don’t include informal evictions, such as landlords threatening or intimidating tenants, absent of the legal process. Idaho law defines “self-help” evictions to include […]

Fast Food Workers Rally For Higher Wages

Child poverty rates highest in states that haven’t raised minimum wage

BY: - December 26, 2022

Of the 20 states that have failed to raise the minimum wage above the federal $7.25 an hour standard, 17 have more than 12% of their children living in poverty, according to a States Newsroom analysis of wage and poverty data. Anti-poverty advocates say that’s a sign that there’s an urgent need for lawmakers to […]

For rent sign in Boise

Vital rental assistance helps Idahoans stay housed

BY: - December 22, 2022

Our neighbors, children, people who fix our cars, stock our groceries, care for our elderly parents and small children, teachers, farm and dairy workers, hotel and restaurant workers, church friends, seniors, people in poor health and with disabilities – all deserve access to a safe and affordable home that meets their needs. Yet many of […]

Photo of an unhoused person in Boulder, Colorado

Voters embraced affordable housing initiatives. Advocates say Congress should do the same.

BY: - December 16, 2022

Voters in Colorado approved a statewide affordable housing initiative in November; while voters in nine cities across the country OK’d measures to finance the construction of affordable housing, preserve existing rental properties and support renters. But as housing costs soar, analysts and advocates say more needs to be done and argue that federal action is […]

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As funds run dry, Idaho Housing and Finance will soon pause emergency rental assistance program

BY: - December 14, 2022

The Idaho Housing and Finance Association plans to pause applications for emergency rental assistance funds on Dec. 29 because federal funds are quickly running dry for areas beyond Ada County — a problem the agency hopes the Idaho Legislature can help with in January. The Emergency Rental Assistance program is meant to help individuals who […]

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Here’s why food prices remain stubbornly high even as inflation cools

BY: - December 14, 2022

Shoppers hoping for a little relief at the grocery store for their holiday meals will be disappointed by the Consumer Price Index released Tuesday. The CPI shows inflation cooling but food prices — particularly for some holiday staples — remain high. The CPI increased 0.1% in November, which was lower than some economists expected. Over […]

Associated Taxpayers of Idaho program on table

Newly elected Idaho officials talk taxes, upcoming legislative session at annual conference

BY: - November 30, 2022

Concerns about the economy, budget outlooks, property taxes and other subjects were the focus of the 76th annual Associated Taxpayers of Idaho Conference on Wednesday, with legislators and newly elected officials in attendance about a month before the next legislative session begins. The Associated Taxpayers of Idaho is a nonprofit organization that produces reports related […]

Vivek Sankaran seated before a Senate subcommittee, wearing a dark suit, orange tie and glasses. He is gesturing with his left hand.

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

BY: and - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition […]

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Holds News Conference Following Federal Open Market Committee Meeting

The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace

BY: - November 2, 2022

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75 to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a press conference following the announcement that the “historically fast pace” of […]

For rent sign

Idaho’s housing resources positively impact our community’s quality of life

BY: - September 26, 2022

Families and individuals are able to be healthier when they live in affordable homes, and mental health is no exception. However, more Idaho families are struggling to find affordable places to live due to rapidly increasing rental prices outpacing wage growth combined with a statewide shortage of affordable homes.  According to the Point-in-Time Count Report […]

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As residents struggle with rising rent, North Idaho manufactured home park is no exception

BY: - September 14, 2022

While much of the conversation around real estate in Idaho has focused on how rising rents and home prices affect those who live in apartment communities and single-family homes, one segment of the housing population that is frequently left out is those living in manufactured or mobile homes. Housing advocates say manufactured home communities are […]


As rural homelessness increases, HUD aims money at helping people without access to shelters

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas — an unprecedented move by the agency, say housing advocates. People living in cars, parks, and on the street at night, which the agency labels unsheltered homelessness, has increased across the nation, […]