Affordable housing for blue collar workers.
It has to be addressed.
On the front page of our local fish wrap, is
an article addressing that very problem.
The city of Sandpoint would like IHFA
(Idaho Housing Finance Association)
and several others to join them in solving
They are also asking a firm based in Denver,
BBC Research and Consulting,
(don't we have any Research and Consultants
here, if not in Bonner County, then at least in
Idaho? let's keep our money local) along with
(Bonner County Economic Development Corp.)
will study all of this.
$45,000 for BBC, which will come from local
donations from the other lettered Associations.
With the city already paying out $25,000
thru a grant to Idaho Commerce and Labor.
Which I wonder why are we paying $45,000
when we are trying to get a $25,000 grant
for IC&L? But I guess that isn't for a peon
like myself to understand.
I think this is wonderful that everyone
in the city and hopefully in the county,
is on the same wagon, to get affordable
housing for those who earn less that $50,000.
But the one thing that did bother me in the
article was the mention of EAHA, which stands
for..Employer Assisted Housing Association.
Which they said "would focus solely on engaging
local employers to help establish housing for
their existing and prospective employees."
Hummm.... like the Army and Navy does? And
doesn't this smack of owing the company store?
Will there be employer's stores following behind?
All of which is deducted from their checks. And
what happens when they lose their job, for what
ever reason? Do they lose their homes/apt.?
Will this be another hammer over the employee's
head. Lost of job, lost of home?
I don't think I like the thought of that.
Maybe if the county and city, 4 years ago
decided that for every over $200,000 home
that was built, there were to be one $80,000
home built. For every over $400,000+ home
built, there be apartments with rent for $500
This sounds like a lot of money being used to
just research the idea of affordable housing.
In the meantime, the lower blue collar employee,
is being priced out of town.
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