Boise focuses on housing-first solution

Posted at 8:58 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 10:58:02-05

In the wake of the clean up of Cooper Court, the City of Boise has renewed its focus on solving homeless issues.

The city is working on a housing-first solution that would provide housing for the homeless without barriers like sobriety or a clean criminal record. There are currently 300 units housing nearly 600 people, but the city recognizes that more is needed.

"Housing first has been identified for a number of months now as the priority that we've been working with, with the round table the mayor's been working with. So now we're hopeful that ll the energy people have around this issue we can put forward and all pull in the same direction toward a single goal," said Boise spokesman Mike Journee.

A pilot of the new project is expected to start sometime in the first quarter of 2016.