Homeless

CREDIT: Idaho Statesman

A ruling by the 9th circuit Court of Appeals last week determined the prosecution of homeless people for sleeping in public constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. We drill down into the issue of homeless rights and public safety.

  • Court rules the City of Boise can't prosecute homeless people sleeping in public.
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Courtesy Boise Rescue Mission

A new report out of Idaho shows the number of children without a permanent roof over their heads is increasing.  This trend is mirrored across much of the Mountain West. 

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

In December of 2015, the City of Boise shut down a tent camp for people experiencing homelessness called Cooper Court. Since then, the city has moved towards a “housing-first” model to combat homelessness and, as a result, a new housing project will open this October.

ADAM COTTERELL / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

  

As the population swells in the Treasure Valley, so too will the homeless population. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we look at efforts to develop housing options for the valley's homeless.

  • Looking back a week after the attack in Boise.
  • The dangers of leaving kids in cars.
  • Two valley nonprofits look at ways to house the homeless.

Boise Period Project

The Boise Period Project gathers menstrual hygiene products to create period packs for the local homeless community in Boise. They aim to end the stigmas that surround both periods and homelessness. We talk with the project about an often over-looked need of homeless women.

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  • Efforts to enact conservancy in Yellowstone.
  • A local group aids homeless women with hygiene products.

ADAM COTTERELL - BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Nearly 60% of Boise's homeless population have outstanding arrest warrants, usually from petty misdemeanors like public drinking or sleeping in the park. These warrants are easily remedied, though they create substantial roadblocks for homeless Idahoans looking to lift themselves up.

ADAM COTTERELL - BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO / BYU BOISE / TOMMY FOR IDAHO / JESSICA ROBERTS

A community court to aid homeless Idahoans . . . student journalists in the 21st century . . . and we hear from two Idaho gubernatorial candidates . . . 

Interfaith Sanctuary

Homeless families in Boise face a challenge each day as overnight shelters close, leaving parents with small children on the street. Now one shelter is opening its doors during the day, to help both kids and parents.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The city of Boise and a group of partner agencies broke ground Wednesday on a new housing development designed to help the chronically homeless in the community.


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Officials in Idaho's capitol city say they're happy with a program offering homeless residents employment with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department.

The program is a partnership between the city and Interfaith Sanctuary, a homeless shelter, modeled after a similar initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Idaho Statesman reported recently.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The alley known as Cooper Court wraps around Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter near downtown Boise. For much of 2015 the alley was packed to bursting with tents, makeshift shelters and the people living in them who preferred the streets to staying in shelters. That camp was one of the biggest local news stories of 2015. Police eventually cleared it, scattering its residents.

Interfaith Sanctuary

Homeless people in Boise face many challenges, including where to sleep, where to find food and how to get around. But one homeless advocate found that one of the biggest challenges of being homeless is proving who you are. Getting a legal, photo ID, if you don’t have one, can be almost impossible.

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