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Boise names Interfaith Sanctuary task force members a month after pause

Mayor Lauren McLean has named the nineteen people set to serve on a task force to evaluate the location and project for a new Interfaith Sanctuary location.

On Tuesday, the City of Boise announced the names of the participants from various stakeholder groups to serve on its Shelter Better Task Force. This comes nearly a month after McLean paused Interfaith Sanctuary’s proposal for a new shelter location to study the issue more thoroughly. 

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McLean said in June the task force will take eight weeks to develop a report with a recommendation on emergency shelter locations, policies and their services.

Who is on the task force?

The task force will be chaired by McLean’s Chief of Staff Courtney Washburn and its members include:

  • Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg
  • Jodi Peterson-Stigers and Andy Scoggin from Interfaith Sanctuary
  • CATCH Executive Director Stephanie Day
  • Women and Children’s Alliance Executive Director Bea Black
  • Jen Palagi from Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Dr. Penny Beach from Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
  • Jeannette Curtis from the CATCH Street Outreach Team
  • Katy Decker from the Veterans Memorial Park Neighborhood Association
  • An unnamed member of the Collister Neighborhood Association
  • Tom Helmer from the Sunset Neighborhood Association
  • Neighborhood leader Jennifer Godoi
  • Neighborhood leader Annie McCutcheon
  • Serena Hinjosa who brings “lived experience/expertise”
  • Joe Hernandez who brings “lived experience/expertise”
  • Tammy Keagy who brings “lived experience/expertise”
  • Padre Jesús Camacho from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church
  • Sara LaWall from the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Charity Nelson with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership

According to the city’s news release, the group will:

  • Use data to better understand the issue of homelessness in our community.
  • Review the shelter needs analysis.
  • Establish a framework to collectively evaluate potential solutions in line with best practices.
  • Use that framework to review proposals and develop a comprehensive recommendation for better shelter.

The task force meetings will be open to the community, but members of the media and interested residents will have to observe the meeting virtually to ensure “members are able to have productive, open conversations and ultimately develop a Shelter Better Task Force: Final Recommendation Report. Zoom links will be available prior to the first meeting and questions should be sent to Washburn.

A first meeting date has not been set.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev senior reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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