The Influence of Exile: human consequences of Homelessness

Thursday, November 10, 2016, Sara Rankin

Belonging is a fundamental human need. Equally strong is the drive to exclude. This exclusive impulse, which Professor Rankin calls “the influence of exile,” reaches beyond individuals when powerful groups use laws and policies to restrict marginalized group. Jim Crow, Anti-Okie, and Sundown Town laws are among many notorious examples. The impulse has found a new incarnation in laws that criminalize and eject visibly poor people,

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Boise State Public Radio Report: It’s Impossible To Afford Housing In Idaho On Minimum Wage


You have to make nearly twice the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Idaho. It’s more than double the minimum wage if you want to rent in Ada or Canyon counties and closer to triple for Blaine County. That’s from a study out last week from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

 According to that report, titled Out of Reach 2016, even an apartment with no bedrooms is out of reach for the more than 20,000 Idahoans making the state minimum or less.  It says a renter needs to make $9.53 an hour to afford a zero-bedroom apartment based on the widely used guideline that people should pay a maximum of 30 percent of their income on housing.

Peg Richards, president of the Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition, says the study shows that the area needs, “all hands on deck” to solve the low-income housing shortage.

“It is important that citizens throughout Idaho understand the implications of this fact: absolutely no one earning minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment, and people working at this wage, including many two-earner households, can be considered ‘homeless-in-waiting,’” Richards says.

The stats may sound dire but Idaho is still one of the most affordable states to rent in, according to the Low Income Housing Coalition report. In neighboring Washington State a renter would have to make more than $23 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

More numbers from the report
Idahoans renting = 31 percent
Renter households = 180,278
Average renter wage = $11.23
State “housing wage” (wage needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment) = $14.22

Ada County housing wage = $15.17
Blaine County housing wage = $18.52
Affordable rent for fulltime minimum wage worker = $377
Affordable rent for average Idaho renter = $584
Hours minimum wage worker needs to put in a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment = 78
Hours average Idaho renter needs to put in a week to afford a two bedroom apartment = 51

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City Club Forum:

What is Boise’s Plan for Homeless Services?

Wednesday, February 10th,

The issue of how to address homelessness in Boise and surrounding areas has been headline news the last few weeks. Other places, such as Utah, have successfully solved the problem of homelessness for the most vulnerable. However, solutions are not easy to come by, and require community collaboration and financial support. This City Club forum began with remarks by three different speakers on positive approaches to reduce homelessness, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. Speakers are: Diana Lachiondo, representing Mayor Bieter;  Peg Richards, president of the Boise and Ada County Homeless Coalition; and Dr. Andrew Baron, medical director of Terry Reilly Health Services, whose medical specialty is homeless individuals.

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