Housing Report - 2021
Better information leads to better outcomes
Recently, Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (CDA EDC or Jobs Plus), Panhandle Affordable Housing Alliance, Avista Foundation, and University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics, Vandal Impact Center partnered to conduct a Housing Affordability and Availability Study for Kootenai and Shoshone Counties. The goal of this study is to help our communities responsibly respond to the current shortage of and escalating costs for housing across all income groups.
This report is being distributed throughout the county and the state. Its purpose is to provide an agenda-free, data-driven analysis of the current housing challenges facing Kootenai County. The objective is to inform our community about real-time housing needs and constraints. Its primary focus is on worker housing. Our hope is this information will provide a better understanding of housing needs and encourage regional cooperation (private and public) in responding to meet those needs.
The Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership is developing a “tool kit” of possible solutions (private and public) to provide “worker housing” which by definition lands in the $200k-$350k price range for purchase price at current mortgage rates. The information in the report is helping this effort.