In its commitment to creating more affordable housing opportunities for our residents, the City of Boise selected LEAP Housing as the non-profit partner for two pilot programs. Those programs would provide incentives for moveable tiny homes and affordable Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), sometimes called “mother-in-law suites.” The contract with LEAP was approved at tonight’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Lauren McLean knows that too many Boiseans are struggling to find a home within their budget. McLean’s staff has heard firsthand from residents across the city about the impacts of housing affordability on them, their families, friends, and neighbors. The pilot programs, created in partnership with the Harvard-Bloomberg Innovation Track team, will explore if these are two more solutions the city can use to address housing affordability.
“These programs are excellent examples of the community coming together to impact our city's future and helping to create innovative solutions for housing,” said Mayor McLean. “The innovative programs will provide the opportunity for people to work together with the City of Boise and LEAP Housing on bringing viable, affordable housing to market for our fellow Boiseans.”
Currently, Boise City Code does not allow for moveable tiny homes. But the pilot will allow for them to be permitted on five-to-six parcels of public and/or private land. While ADU’s are sometimes allowed in certain areas of the city, this program will help residents who want to build and rent out a unit at an affordable rate for 10 years. The city will provide resources to participating homeowners, including help with permitting, an exemption for city impact fees, and technical assistance and support from LEAP Housing on managing the property.
Residents interested in participating in the pilot programs are encouraged to complete an intake form to get started.