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A Talk With Boise's Mayor About Homelessness And Housing

Mayor David Bieter
Frankie Barnhill
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Boise State Public Radio

The city of Boise has officially filed its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over its controversial anti-camping ordinance. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year declared the ordinance unconstitutional and considered it cruel and unusual punishment. Boise’s ordinance bars anyone from sleeping outside in public places – unless all of the city’s homeless shelters are full. The case has been ongoing since 2009. Idaho Matters sits down with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter to talk housing and homelessness.

George Prentice has been honored for his decades-long career in broadcast and print journalism. As news editor of Boise Weekly, he won multiple awards for his investigative reporting and took home top prizes in the fields of crime/courts, environmental, health, religion and feature reporting.
Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!