Nearly a year after Ada County decided to pull its support from the City of Boise’s permanent supportive housing project, the city’s housing team is doubling down.
Eagle-based developer Pacific Companies, which works on both affordable and market-rate projects, is looking to once again partner with the City of Boise to build more apartments for Ada County’s most vulnerable residents. The company filed early stages of paperwork last month with the city to start the process for 100 additional units on the piece of property next-door to New Path Community Housing on Fairview, where it hopes to bring housing, supportive services and community to those with long-term stints living on the streets of the Treasure Valley.
New Path Community Housing was Idaho’s first permanent supportive housing project when it opened to residents at the tail end of 2018. Built on the nationally recognized concept of Housing First, the 40-unit building was built to provide low-cost housing to chronically homeless residents, regardless of income level, sobriety or other limiting factors. Many of New Path’s residents have long-term chronic health conditions, mental illness and are suffering from addiction.
This building was followed up a few years later with the 27-unit Valor Pointe project, which houses chronically homeless veterans in partnership with the VA.