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City of McCall creating Housing Authority to address community needs

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The McCall City Council will vote on a resolution Thursday evening that would establish a Housing Authority. 

Currently, the city has a Housing Advisory Committee that was established in 2020. The committee helped put together the Local Housing Action Plan that was adopted by the city. The listed top priories in the housing plan include working with the Payette Lakes Sewer District and creating a Housing Authority. Staff is making the recommendation that council vote to dissolve the Housing Authority Committee with the impending new addition of the Housing Authority in order to better use recourse and begin to implement the housing strategy. 

The McCall Area Housing Authority would have the responsibility of addressing housing needs. The housing authority would manage and store local housing, develop and acquire land for housing, raise funds and issue bonds, work on the action plan, and educate and communicate with the community. 

The listed benefits of establishing a Housing Authority include being able to work beyond jurisdictions, working with the city but as a separate entity with separate liabilities, and it would also be an independent entity for donations. 

“The idea of creating a housing authority surfaced several times in discussion during Housing Advisory Committee meetings. The idea of bringing back the former regional housing authority (Valley Adams Regional Housing Authority – VARHA) or starting a new McCall Area Housing Authority was explored. It was determined that starting with a McCall Area Housing Authority would be more beneficial as it does not have the associated history of the former regional effort and would provide more geographically targeted services,” Community and Economic Development Director Michelle Groenevelt said in a memo to the city

If the city votes yes on the resolution, they would then work to appoint a board.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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