Idaho's first "Housing First" community, New Path, officially opens today. The community housing development will be the home of up to 40 homeless people. Support Services will be offered to help residents resolve any underlying issues of homelessness.
Housing First in other cities has found the combination of housing services have saved communities thousands of dollars in avoided ambulance trips and emergency room visits, less jail stays, and reduced use of public services.
The development is possible due to a collaboration of multiple community partners including Idaho Housing and Finance Association, the city of Boise, Pacific West Builders, Boise City/ Ada County Housing Authorities, The Pacific Companies, Ada County, Pacific West Architecture, Northwest Integrity Housing Co., U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, St. Luke's Health System, Saint Alphonsus Health System, Terry Reilly Health Services, CATCH, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Zions Bank, The Richman Group, American Express, and erstad ARCHITECTS.
The New Path housing building is located on Fairview Avenue across the street from the Red Lion Hotel.