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.