New community housing project for homeless under construction

The project will help homeless get off the streets
Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 11:56:44-04

A new era for Boise's homeless population has begun.

Construction is starting on a 41 unit building to help transition the chronically homeless off the streets. And city leaders say the project could ultimately save money for the city

In the next few weeks, construction will begin on this 41-unit new path community housing project. Located at 2200 Fairview Avenue, it is designed to get the chronically homeless off the streets.

Boise State research shows 40 homeless people in Ada County cost the area about $2.1 million dollars a year. This facility could surround those same people with housing and support services that cost less.     

In the past year or so since the project was announced, organizers were pleased to see multiple community groups coming together. They hope to have the building finished sometime next summer. The city of Boise is putting $1 million dollars into the development. And the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority will provide $4.5 million dollars in housing vouchers over the first 15 years to help cover rent and utility costs.