Explaining First-time Homelessness Rise In Boise, Idaho

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B.J. Bradley House photo by Tamanoeconomico is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
A home in Boise, Idaho, where first time homelessness is on the rise.

According to some, there is no housing crisis in America1.

It takes a pretty blinkered view of housing events around the country to allow an observer to ignore all the warning signs.

Rising homelessness? Piffle. Means nothing. America isn’t suffering too few affordable homes, rather too many druggies and crazies and rebellious, footloose youth anxious to experience urban camping behind a dumpster in the big city.

But careful statistics tell us otherwise. Read more on a growing first time homelessness problem in Boise, Idaho. For a growing number of them, the answer is ‘None of the above’.2 At KIVI Boise: Affordable Housing Crisis Leading To Rise In First-Time Homelessness In Boise


  1. Try: Turn Menace Into Myth: How To Bigfoot An Affordable Housing Crisis
  2. Data from the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project shed further light on the rise in homelessness. Between 2010 to 2016, Idaho households who could not cover their living costs increased 14%. See Idaho’s ALICE report for more.


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