New Path Community Housing is Idaho’s first permanent supportive housing development using the Housing First approach to help the chronically homeless. Research conducted by Boise State University shows that Housing First saves a community over $1.5 million in emergency and shelter expenses for every 40 people. Support services include medical and mental health care, life skills education, case management, and financial and job training.
This 4-story development was developed by Northwest Integrity Housing Co (NIHC), in partnership with Thomas Development Co., Pacific West Communities, the City of Boise, Idaho Housing & Finance Association (IHFA), Boise City / Ada County Housing Authority, St. Alphonsus, St. Luke’s, Ada County, Terry Reilly Health Services, and CATCH.
The site for New Path was carefully selected to be close to the necessary services, amenities, and transportation needed for this resident population. There are 40 one-bedroom units for residents and one two-bedroom unit for an on-site manager. In addition to the residential units, the building includes a manager’s office, several meeting rooms (including private offices) for the supportive services providers, recreational space, business center, community room for resident gatherings, laundry rooms on every floor, and a secure courtyard area for the resident’s enjoyment.
CCDC reimbursed the development for the public streetscape improvements made on 22ndStreet and Fairview Avenue through the Type 1 Participation Program. The Fairview streetscapes were constructed as a “Green Street” and 22nd Street as an “Urban Concrete” per the Boise Streetscape Standards and Specifications Manual. Eligible expenses for reimbursement include sidewalks, street trees, street lights, planters, landscaping, and street furnishings and associated construction and installation costs. CCDC Project Manager Laura Williams oversaw this project.
The project was complete in fall 2018. On November 29, 2018, New Path Community Housing opened its doors to 45 community members experiencing chronic homelessness.