Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho, like many states across the country, faced rising housing costs, low home-vacancy rates and increasing efforts by landlords to evict tenants.
Thanks to increased unemployment benefits, federal stimulus checks and eviction moratoriums—all part of the government’s pandemic response—renters’ lives improved slightly in 2020. But with those programs decreasing or disappearing, many Idahoans and other Americans who rent their homes will still struggle to pay rent and face imminent risk of being evicted.
Our analysis of eviction rates across the state of Idaho finds that numbers were down in 2020 but are poised to return to—or even exceed—pre-pandemic levels in the coming months as economic support for renting families runs out.
Similar trends in other states could spark a rise in evictions across the nation.