Tour inside the new Boise rentals made from recycled shipping containers

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-02 22:55:37-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Treasure Valley, like many other places in the United States, is dealing with a housing crisis as home prices continue to rise but a new option aims to improve access to affordable housing.

LEAP Charities held an open house Saturday to show off their new homes built using recycled shipping containers.

We've highlighted the Windy Court development in the past, built by IndieDwell. The company was founded in 2018 by local home-builder Scott Flynn, who has been constructing custom houses in southwest Idaho for awhile now. A few years back, though, Flynn recognized a growing gap and an urgent need in the housing industry, specifically when it came to affordable housing, which he tells us, "is almost over a trillion dollar market that nobody is serving."

Now, shipping container homes designed in the Treasure Valley are on display in the nation's capitol.

They were chosen by Housing and Urban Development to be one of 19 companies from around the country to showcase their products at the first annual Innovative Housing Showcase on the Washington Mall this week.

"This is the first time it has ever been done before and we're having a tremendous affordable housing crisis in our country right now," HUD Secretary Ben Carson tells us. "We said, 'what a great way to expose some of the potential solutions not only to the populous but to the legislators, too.'"