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2023 Next Steps Kootenai County Housing Study

A second housing study through the University of Idaho to estimate the number of houses needed annually over the next decade for incomes ranging from 60-130% of area median income.

It provides a 10-year roadmap to help communities respond to the current shortage and 10-year projected growth for households in these different income brackets.

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2021 Housing Affordability and Availability Study for Kootenai and Shoshone Counties

A housing study to help Kootenai County understand and responsibly respond to the shortage and escalating housing costs across all income groups.

Conducted by Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (CDA EDC or Jobs Plus), PAHA, Avista Foundation, and University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics, Vandal Impact Center. The Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership used this study to develop a “tool kit” of possible solutions (private and public) to provide “worker housing,” which was defined as a purchase price ranging from $200k-$350k at current mortgage rates.  

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PAHA Deed Restriction Program Development in partnership with Grounded Solutions Network

A proven model of community land trusts and development-driven worker housing supplied by Grounded Solutions Network, a national nonprofit membership organization of community land trusts, municipal housing programs and nonprofits that support housing with lasting affordability.

2021 UnitedforAlice - Idaho Region 1

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, an initiative to study the growing number of individuals and families who face financial challenges despite being employed and earning above the federal poverty level (FPL). Our ALICE grew from 28% in 2019 to 31% in 2021 and this number is understated because the cost of housing in Kootenai County is considerably higher now than the numbers used in the 2021 ALICE update report. For these working households (approximately 56,000 men, women and children)  the cost of basics, particularly housing, has substantially outpaced wages.

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2023 NLIHC “Out of Reach” Report

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. It estimates the hourly wage a full-time worker living in different areas (Kootenai County) must earn to afford a modest rental home at HUD’s fair market rent without spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs, the accepted standard of affordability.

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