Homelessness

Ending Family Homelessness

As part of his State of the City address, Mayor Dave Bieter announced the Partnership to End Family Homelessness. Through Our Path Home, the public-private partnership consisting of 30+ agencies in Boise City and Ada County, the city is working with others to make sure every family is either in stable housing or working with the Our Path Home team to find it.

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Are You Experiencing Homelessness?

Coordinated Entry

If you are experiencing homelessness, please call (208) 495-4240

Coordinated Entry is the access point to the homeless services system for Ada County residents who need housing. Over 30 partner agencies in Ada County participate to provide a central location and coordinated response to households experiencing homelessness:

  • Access: one front door to find permanent housing
  • Assessment: one assessment to determine needs and strengths and begin a housing plan
  • Assignment: one list for all of Ada County, designed to serve the most vulnerable first
Coordinated Entry
Idaho Care Line

2-1-1 Idaho CareLine lists over 11,000 resources to find free or low-cost services or resources near you, including rental assistance, energy assistance, medical assistance, food and clothing, child care resources, emergency shelter, and more.

Idaho CareLine

Our Path Home

Our Path Home is the public-private partnership aimed at ending homelessness in Ada County. An end to homelessness means that we prevent it whenever possible and, if it does occur, the episode is rare, brief, and one-time.

Vision
End homelessness in Ada County.

Mission
Rapidly and appropriately respond to meet the needs of anyone experiencing a housing crisis. Identify and serve high-risk households to prevent housing crises from occurring.

Values

  • Collaborative. Partnership connects people to home.
  • People First. We put the client first and meet them where they are.
  • Intentional. We believe in Housing First, trauma-informed care and data-driven decisions.
  • Nimble. We adapt to what we learn, listening to the best thinking of our community and the nation.

Partnership Structure

Our Path Home is governed by the Executive Committee - a strategic planning body that is responsible for ensuring Our Path Home meets federal standards and local needs. Several committees and working groups support the Executive Committee’s efforts.

Our Path Home has four strategic initiatives that support the partnership’s housing and access strategies to serve people experiencing homelessness in Ada County or those at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Strategic Initiatives

Our Path Home will undertake four primary initiatives from 2019-2025.

  • Mature Our Path Home
  • End family homelessness
  • Reduce first-time homelessness
  • Evolve supportive housing

Housing Strategies

Prevention

Keep people housed.

Homelessness Prevention services provide financial assistance (such as rental or utility assistance), support services, and referrals to other community resources. Prevention strategies also include discharge policies (from hospitals and jails), tenant-landlord mediation, family mediation, housing counseling, and legal assistance, among others.

Rapid Response

House people quickly. 

Rapid Response services seek to move households back into stable housing as quickly as possible by providing financial assistance (such as a security deposit and first month’s rent), light touch case management to ensure reliable income, and connections to community resources.

Supportive Housing

Provide support. 

Supportive Housing provides the services needed to get and keep housing. These programs offer financial assistance, primarily rental assistance, and individualized support services for varying periods of time depending on the needs of the household to gain and maintain stability and never experience homelessness again.

Access Strategies

Coordinated Entry is the access point to the interventions available to resolve housing crises, serving those households sleeping in emergency shelters or on the street. Coordinated entry coordinates services among 30+ providers who have agreed to use one prioritized list to serve our most vulnerable residents.

Emergency Shelters manage the night-by-night crisis by providing a safe place to stay for persons facing a housing crisis. Entry into shelter should be low barrier and anti-discriminatory.

Street Outreach builds rapport and develops relationships with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and sleeping on the street to connect them to the supports they need to access emergency shelter, services, and housing.

Our Path Home Committees

Find committee meeting agendas, minutes and more.

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New Path Community Housing

On November 29, 2018, New Path Community Housing – Idaho’s first site-based permanent supportive housing development – opened its doors to 45 community members experiencing chronic homelessness.

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Valor Pointe

This 27-unit apartment complex offering health care, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment is set to open its doors to our community’s most vulnerable veterans in 2020. 

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Point-in-Time Count

A one-night Point-in-Time count of persons experiencing homelessness during the last ten days of January.

Point-in-Time Count
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

This system provides an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness in Ada County. HMIS is used to coordinate care, for evaluation and research to improve our homeless services system response, and for functions related to payment, reimbursement, and administration.

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Document Translation

Any document on Housing and Community Development's website can be translated into other languages upon request.

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