Homelessness

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The eviction process is certainly stressful for those involved and that stress is compounded by the ripple effects; obtaining work, applying for services and even renting again become Herculean tasks. Idaho Matters speaks with Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, Assistant Director of the Idaho Policy Institute and Assistant Research Professor in Boise State's School of Public Service about breaking the cycle of poverty and home insecurity caused by evictions.

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Fourteen-year-old Caydden Zimmerman’s school days start early and end late.

 

The Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation has contributed nearly $4 million to nonprofit organizations in Southwest Idaho and beyond. The IWCF is sponsoring a symposium addressing poverty and homelessness in the region and we speak with organizers and participants with the event.

  • Two valley nonprofits look at ways to house the homeless.
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In an effort to adapt to Boise’s rapid growth, Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled ambitious initiatives for some of the most critical issues facing the city in his annual address to the city Wednesday.

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A federal appeals court is siding with several homeless people in Boise who have sued the city for prosecuting them for sleeping outside.

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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.

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

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Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development works with local groups around the country to get an estimate of people dealing with homelessness. 

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The City of Boise has reopened the day shelter at the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center on the south end of downtown for its ninth year. Boise Parks and Recreation manages the shelter, which is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week until April 1.


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At this time of year, the culinary arts students at the Centennial Job Corps Center in Nampa usually turn their attention to turkey. Hundreds of the birds are cooked in the center’s production kitchen – along with stuffing and potatoes – and are stored until the Boise Rescue Mission’s annual banquet. The meal serves up to 4,000 people.

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Boise State researcher Vanessa Fry has done a lot of work on the issue chronic homelessness among adults. Fry’s research helped lead the City of Boise to launch its “housing first” initiative – a 41-unit building that will offer medical and social services to residents in 2018.


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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.


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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.

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