Blaine County school board approves workforce housing policy

Roughly 40% of district employees are dealing with housing insecurity.
Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 8:01 PM MDT
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HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Blaine County School District is now offering limited workforce housing for its employees.

At its most recent meeting, the school.board approved the leasing of single unit house to district employees. The house, located in Hailey, is three bedrooms and two baths. It was built by the Wood River High School Residential Construction Academy.

The school district superintendent said roughly 40% of district employees are dealing with housing insecurity, as more than 30% of their gross paycheck goes to housing. The district plans to build seven workforce housing units in the coming years.

“We have three properties we have entered into with a non-profit called the Arch Foundation. The Arch Foundation will provide the improvements on those properties. The district maintains the ownership of the land, and arch will own the improvement,” said BCSD Superintendent Jim Foudy.

Staff election for the housing unit will be based on need and priority.