(Created for housing and community stakeholders by Erik Kingston, PCED, IHFA’s Housing Resources Coordinator | Links to presentations below)
Expanding housing choices has benefits far beyond fair housing compliance; housing diversity is equally important for community and economic development strategies. Housing types and price points that reflect the needs and means of community residents support a more stable labor force and educational system, reduce social costs of poverty, and lead to economic prosperity.
Conversely, housing speculation and inflation that drive prices up and tenants out create externalized costs that are shifted to local taxpayers, employers and communities. This represents a significant public subsidy to private equity.
Housing that is affordable to a range of incomes serves as a perpetual wage subsidy to local employers.
Housing can be made affordable either by increasing wages or reducing the net costs of housing, which are often influenced by transportation, energy, land, construction, regulatory and financing factors. In some rural Idaho communities, workers must often commute long distances to find housing within their budget, while the cost to heat or cool inefficient housing can exceed rent. So we created the ‘HUT (Housing + Utilities +Transportation) Index’ to hint at real-world cost considerations.
We hope to update and expand these resources to be more useful to local and state policy makers and housing stakeholders. This data can help inform a larger statewide housing needs assessment and resource allocation process. See also “What Every City and County Needs to Know’ for additional information from the 2011 Analysis of Impediments.
Perspectives on housing markets and needs assessment
County data sets for demographics, poverty and housing/transportation cost burden.
*The contractor for the 2014 version based ‘cost-burden’ data on the American Community Survey, while the contractor for the 2018 release used cost-burden estimates from HAMFI and CHAS data, a subset of the ACS estimate.
Other online housing resources
Idaho Analysis of Impediments / Assessment of Fair Housing
U.S. housing market: impressions, impacts and implications
Housing Market Challenges
Housing and Transportation: location-based costs
Tiny Houses and Personal Shelters: implications and opportunities for housing, planning and economic development professionals
NEW! 2021 Presentations
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
Public Subsidy to Private Equity: Measuring the Social Costs of Housing Speculation
Small Towns, Big Change: Civic Engagement and Rural Resilience | WeCAN team
APA Idaho Chapter
10/2019 APA Idaho Chapter – Twin Falls, ID
The Rural Housing & Homelessness Puzzle
7/2019 NW Community Development Institute
2019 Housing as a Second Language
6/2019 Association of Idaho Cities
Housing and Community_Planning for the Future
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
Housing and Community_Designing for the Future
10/2017 Idaho Chapter/APA Conference Presentations
Sandpoint Short Term Rentals
Links to resources:
2017 NW Community Development Institute
Housing as a Second Language (2017 update)
Related stories and links
2017 Association of Idaho Cities Conference
Housing Markets: Essential Trends and Strategies
10/2016 Idaho Chapter/APA Conference Presentations
Next Steps for Small-Footprint Housing
Communities for Life: Aging-in-Place
The Changing Face of Fair Housing: Assessment of Fair Housing
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (presentation by BBC Research and Consulting)
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
2016 NW CDI Course—Third Year: Housing as a Second Language