Ending Family Homelessness

As Mayor Bieter announced in his State of the City address, Our Path Home—the public-private partnership of 30+ agencies working toward ending homelessness in Ada County—is launching a collaboration to end family homelessness. As the lead agency for Our Path Home, the City of Boise is furthering its commitment to housing our most vulnerable neighbors.

Alongside major projects, such as New Path Community Housing and Valor Pointe, designed to house people experiencing chronic homelessness, the City is poised to make an investment in our community’s future—by ensuring that each child has a safe and stable home to call their own.

How We Can End Family Homelessness

Currently, there are approximately 166 families in Ada County on our community’s waiting list seeking housing. Through intentional partnerships, the Housing First model, and support from Boise’s philanthropic community, Boise could be the first community in America where every family is either in stable housing or working with the Our Path Home team to find it.

Supportive housing works. 80% of families housed through Our Path Home remain stably housed a year after signing their lease. Placing a child into a safe and stable home is the antidote to the trauma caused by homelessness. By housing our community’s children, we give them the best shot to live healthy and productive lives.

Our Path Home plans to expand three proven interventions to help end homelessness for families with children:

Prevention

To end family homelessness, we need to be more proactive and stop children from experiencing homelessness in the first place. Prevention stabilizes families and keeps them housed, thereby ensuring that children don’t endure the trauma that comes from living without a home. In turn, we will be better positioned to prioritize assistance for those families that need it most.

Rapid Response Assistance

Quick and short-term assistance for families experiencing brief economic hardships helps provide stability. This type of assistance offers families light support to gain stable housing, curbing the need for more costly interventions.

Supportive Housing

Supportive housing provides the rental assistance and case management needed to re-house and stabilize families. Rental assistance helps make housing affordable and individualized support services help keep families in housing long-term.

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