HOUSING

Boise is growing, which is great news for the job market. Yet, increased growth places a greater importance on city services and can place a strain on affordable housing options for area residents. Residential rental properties are becoming scarce, and those that exist often aren’t affordable. Boise cannot price out residents from living in their communities near where they work and recreate. I will work to promote diversity in new developments to meet the growing demand for affordable housing.

I am also a supporter of, and helped initiate, Boise’s Housing First initiative – a partnership between the city and a number of other local organizations to provide safe, stable housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness as well as other supportive services they need to get back on a pathway to self-sufficiency. This not only will save the city and county money in the long run, but more importantly, it’s the right thing to do for our most vulnerable citizens.

TJ THOMSON ON THE ISSUES

Jobs and the local economy

Thanks to a boom in economic growth over the last decade, Boise has become a premier place to do business.

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Housing

Boise is growing, which is great news for the job market. Yet, increased growth places a greater importance on city services and can place a strain on affordable housing options for area residents.

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Transportation

Increasing traffic is a challenging issue that comes along with Boise’s growth. Simply building more and wider roads to accommodate growth is expensive and not a feasible long-term solution to our transportation challenges.

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Livability

We all know Boise is a great place to live. Our abundant recreational opportunities, great parks and open spaces, plus all the amenities of a mid-size city to attract positive economic growth.

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Public Safety

Our police, firefighters and other first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. They deserve our full support.