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As Pandemic Worsened An Already Bad Rental Market, Idaho Organization Steps Up

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Even before the pandemic hit, the Treasure Valley was experiencing an intense housing crisis. In fact, since the beginning of this year, the average rent in the valley has increased by 10%. For folks living paycheck to paycheck, all it takes is one unexpected expense to leave them unable to pay rent. Jesse Tree of Idaho is an organization that prevents homelessness by providing rent assistance and other services to keep folks in their homes.<--break->

Their first annual winter fundraiser event “Housed for the Holidays” is coming up next Thursday, Dec. 10. Joining Idaho Matters to talk about it are Jesse Tree’s Development Manager Hannah Sharp and Case Manager Nick Bogar.

Are you in need of rental assistance? Call or text Jesse Tree's Housing Crisis Line at (208) 383-9486.

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.