The housing crisis is still an ongoing problem in the scenic mountain towns in Blaine County, as many workers are still struggling to find a place to live on the wages they make. Now local leaders are taking a proactive measure to make sure those who have a place to live can stay in it.
Blaine County’s population is growing. According to city staff between 2019 and 2020 alone, Ketchum’s population increased by 25%. The influx of people coming to the area has led to skyrocketing rents, leaving many living paycheck to paycheck.
“Evictions tend to fall into a few different categories. The most common is somebody has not paid their rent. They have chosen not to or can’t because of financial considerations,” said Carol Barkes founder of the NeuroMediation Group
According to city staff, the city of Ketchum has about 200 rent-burdened households, and in 2021 there were 13 eviction proceedings filed, and so far in 2022, there have been 11 filings according to the Blaine County Clerk’s Office. Barkes said according to research in Blaine County, roughly 63 percent of evictions are granted by the courts.
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