Buckner-Webb addresses housing crisis. During Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s visit to Treasure Valley last week, State Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, made a brief speech:

The housing crisis has come to Idaho in a mighty way. 

Idaho’s Housing Market Stress Level Index is ranked as Severe – the highest category of housing distress by Up for Growth Action.

In the Boise Metro area, household and job growth exceeds housing availability.

Homelessness is at an all-time high.

Low income families are hit hardest by this housing shortage. 

Idaho Housing is a phenomenal partner, yet more direct funding is sorely needed. While Federal funding has been dwindling, we have been attempting to address the growing, critical need for housing on a shoestring budget.

The City of Boise has been working diligently to cobble together creative partnerships in an attempt to slow the problem.

Sadly, the Housing Trust Fund created by the Idaho Legislature in the 1990s has yet to be funded.

Community Development Block Grants have not grown at a rate to support the needs of communities in Idaho. 

Clearly, we are at a critical juncture.   Federal, State, public and private entities must step up collaboratively to address homelessness. I’m not asking for a conversation, endless studies, I’m calling for purposeful action to address the eradication of homelessness.

We are responsible. We are accountable. We are obligated to take action for the benefit of Idaho.

Grace to host ‘Capital for a Day’ event. Gov. Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Grace on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gem Valley Performing Arts Center, located at 704 S. Main Street.

Officials joining Governor Little include:

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra
  • Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman
  • Department of Environmental Quality Director John Tippets
  • Department of Labor Director Jani Revier
  • Division of Building Safety Administrator Chris Jensen
  • Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams
  • Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever
  • Office of Energy and Mineral Resources Administrator John Chatburn
  • Representatives from Idaho’s congressional delegation

In addition, representatives of the following agencies and state entities will be on hand to help answer questions: Idaho State Police, Department of Commerce, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Department of Health and Welfare, State Department of Agriculture, Idaho State Historical Society, and Idaho State Liquor Division.

"I look forward to spending some time with the good people of Grace and Caribou County as we discuss their questions and ideas about how the State of Idaho can best serve this rich agricultural area and border county," Little said.

Holtzclaw Honored for Public Safety Work. Idaho House Republican Caucus member Rep. James Holtzclaw has been honored for his work to make Idaho an even safer place to live. Holtzclaw received the “Advocate of Justice” Award from the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association Thursday (August 15, 2019) at a luncheon with Gov. Brad Little. The Award recognizes Rep. Holtzclaw’s outstanding service to the public safety of Idaho’s citizens during this year’s legislative session.

 “This recognition means a lot to me professionally and personally,” said Holtzclaw. “I consider the safety of Idaho families to be one of my most vital responsibilities as a Representative and father.”

The Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association is a nonprofit corporation comprised of the elected County Prosecutors, over 200 Deputy Prosecutors, and a number of associate members. The association educates through seminars, publications and technical support. Sen. Todd Lakey was also honored at the event.

Boyle Elected Chair of WLFTF. Idaho House Republican Caucus member Rep. Judy Boyle is the new chair of the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force. She was elected at the group’s annual meeting in the Sandpoint area.

“I am honored to be the new chairman of the WLFTF, and I am getting right to work,” said Boyle. “The poor health of our federal forests is creating massive fires that are putting lives, homes, and livelihoods at risk. But, in Idaho, we’re leaders in Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) and Shared Stewardship forest management which can quickly move the needle on federal forest health.”

The Task Force helps promote sound forest practices and solve complex forestry issues with individuals that have a western forestry background. The Task Force is comprised of Western state Senators and state Representatives. Its members advocate for cooperative action on forestry and related resource matters. Boyle’s term is 2019–2020.