The Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise broke ground Tuesday on a new shelter. Donors, WCA board members, and Boise City Council members were there to celebrate the groundbreaking.
“The new shelter will consist of sixteen transitional units as well as office and storage space. There will be eight units per floor, with shared living room, dining, laundry and kitchen facilities (with a double set of appliances) on each floor,” said WCA spokeswoman Chris Campbell-Davis. “Each unit has an adjoined full bathroom. ADA (compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act) units will be available on level one.”
To fund the project, the WCA Board undertook a $1.8 million dollar capital campaign, which began April of last year. Funding for the project is almost complete, with just over $150,000 left to reach their goal, officials said.
Bea Black, Executive Director of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, kicked off the ceremony by talking about the impact the development will have on the community. “Finding safe, affordable housing is difficult for our clients and these additional transitional housing units will give them more time to work with our Case Managers to find a safe, affordable option,” she said.
Partners in the project along with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance include: Gardner Company, Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI), Babcock Architects and many corporate organizations that have contributed to the capital campaign.