Report: need for
housing increases over
Express Staff Writer
for worker housing has only gotten worse in the last five years, according
to a new report commissioned by the Blaine County Housing Authority and
the city of Ketchum.
County needs an additional 665 homes to provide employees with a place to
live, the report by Rees Consulting Inc. states. That number is up from
580 homes Rees stated the county needed in 1997.
15-page report is meant to provide information to support proposed housing
projects. It updates a much longer 1997 report.
665-home deficit, 473 are needed to house existing employees in the
county, and 192 are needed to house employees who would fill vacant jobs,
numbers donít include housing for workers who commute from outside the
county or overcrowding.
since 1997, all cities, except Ketchum, experienced slight increases in
the percentage of homes occupied as primary residences since 1990,
according to the report. That could indicate the supply of employee
housing is increasing relative to demand, but more data is needed to
confirm that, the report states.
of homes occupied as primary residences in Sun Valley increased from about
15 percent to about 25 percent from 1990 to 2000, the report states, while
Bellevue and Hailey, with around 90 percent primary residences, had
increase of less than 5 percent each. The number of primary residences in
Ketchum decreased a few percentage points to just over 50 percent.
residents continue to be pushed south in their search for housing as
prices climb, according to a separate update by Gates Kellett, Blaine
County housing director.
of deed-restricted affordable apartments in Ketchum and Sun Valley, where
most valley jobs are located, remains at zero, while Hailey has 382,
according to Kellett.
the median sales price of homes throughout the county increased by 47
percent between 1995 and 1999, she stated.
sales price of a home in 2000 was $185,000 from Bellevue south, $205,000
in Hailey, $600,000 in Ketchum and $880,000 in Sun Valley, she stated.