After decades of mostly steady increases, the relative affordability that drew him to the area had disappeared. Housing prices in Bonner County jumped 57% in the last year alone and made the median sale price of a home $600,000 in June, according to Redfin.
Housing, as a social policy, is something that’s been litigated—and re-litigated—for decades, and quite vigorously so. And that’s because it matters, deeply, on an individual level how we frame the discourse. If we bolster the homes themselves, then we, in turn, support the people inside them—for whom these buildings are far more than just a roof and four walls.