Shipping containers made into affordable homes

Posted at 10:19 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 12:42:33-04

BOISE — An issue that is consistently a topic of discussion in Treasure Valley is lack of affordable housing.

Four small homes in Boise were made possible by a local builder called indieDwell, the National Housing Trust Fund, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and LEAP.

Scott Flynn, CEO of indieDwell, says shipping containers are used as the exoskeleton of homes.

"There's a housing crisis going on and the people that are most vulnerable don't have anywhere to move to and this demonstrates that it is possible to find housing for the needy," said Flynn.

He says some new residents couldn't be happier.

"Their home just won the City of Boise's Building Excellence Award and shows you the level of quality of these homes and the level of impact these homes are having."

Kay Marquart says she and her husband bought the property in the hopes of housing low income and homeless people. The property called Windy Court is named after her father.

''He was always interested in helping what I would consider to be the underdog so that's why this land is called Windy Court because my father. His last name was Windy and everybody called him Windy," said Marquart.

The homes are each solar powered, have four bedrooms, two baths, and are ADA accessible. Units rent for less than 900 dollars a month which includes water, sewer, trash and power. Marquart says the homes set an example of what's possible for our community.

''They look pretty darn big. I mean, there's a lot of space in there which tells me that most of us could live in a lot less space," said Marquart.

Applications for Windy Court is now closed, but if you would like to learn more about the homes, head to indieDwell