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United Way of Treasure Valley releases community assessment

How lack of housing affects a child's education
Posted at 2:23 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 16:23:12-04

From childcare and early learning to housing and food insecurity, a new report reveals our community's greatest needs. The United Way of Treasure Valley recently released its community assessment.

The in-depth report looks at the health, education and financial stability of those living in the greater Treasure Valley. The data was collected before the pandemic hit. What the United Way has seen since March is that the vulnerable areas of our community are hurting even more now.

"Our community assessment made it very clear, in fact, one of the top most significant issues in our survey that we did, housing came out number one. Housing affordability came out number one," said Nora Carpenter, United Way President. "So that's not a problem that's quick to solve. For those of you of a certain age and remember the TV show Bewitched when she could just wrinkle her nose and the problem was solved, we can't do that with housing. It takes time. It takes money. We were already in a very negative affordable housing situation pre-COVID, our community assessment really goes into detail on that."

The community assessment does not just point out problem areas, it offers suggestions on how to fix them. To read the full report, click here.