Grow Our Housing is the city's approach to addressing housing needs in Boise. It aims to provide a variety of housing choices and to create great places – compact, dynamic neighborhoods with walkable streets, access to arts, culture and jobs, as well as transit and a wide variety of businesses/services.
A Home for Everyone
A Home for Everyone is the city’s approach to addressing housing needs in our community for all. The programs and initiatives under A Home for Everyone are resident-focused and resident-centered. This means everyone is included – from students and young professionals to empty nesters and retirees, our CEOs to those experiencing homelessness.
The City of Boise is committed to doing everything we can to ensure that there is a place to live for every resident, at every budget.
Boise's Housing + Neighborhood Programs
Housing Land Trust
The Housing Land Trust leverages city-owned property to create housing for residents at all income levels and ensure that it remains affordable into the future.
Franklin and Orchard
The first Housing Land Trust development at Franklin and Orchard is anticipated to begin construction in Fall 2021. The project will feature a mix of housing types for a range of household incomes and is intended to grow with the neighborhood for future use as a Community Activity Center.
The acquisitions of other properties are currently being considered.
Accessory Dwelling Units
In 2019, following an extensive community engagement period, the City of Boise amended the development code around Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to support the creation of additional affordable housing across our city.
The City of Boise decided to maintain the existing requirement that the property owner remain on-site, either in a primary unit or in the ADU, and made amendments to maximum size limits, number of bedrooms allowed and on-site parking requirements.
Housing Bonus Ordinance
Housing choice matters. To ensure that those who wish to call Boise home have access to housing affordable to them, the City of Boise is proposing changes to our development code which will allow us to offer property owners a housing bonus in exchange for helping improve housing affordability, housing options and transportation choice in our community.
Zoning Code Rewrite
The City of Boise, with input from a 20-person community advisory committee, is working to update the current Zoning Code, which has not changed significantly in over 55 years. The Zoning Code Rewrite will ensure that we preserve and enhance community character, keep our neighborhoods people-scaled and people-friendly and serve the needs of our city today and into the future.
Housing Incentives Program
To meet the housing needs of our growing community, the City of Boise created a Housing Incentives Program. The program provides financial incentives for the development of rental housing within Boise city limits affordable to individuals and families earning at or below 80% Area Median Income.
The City of Boise’s Rental Housing program offers a variety of apartments and single-family homes for income-qualified residents. The units are conveniently located along transportation corridors and activity centers.
Energize Our Neighborhoods is a nationally recognized innovative approach that aligns public and private resources to drive measurable change at the neighborhood level.
- Livability Improvements
Energize Our Neighborhoods works with communities to identify opportunities to make neighborhood-level change.
- Community Connections
The program connects residents with community resources and partners with businesses, non-profits and public agencies to strategically align investments that support livability projects.
- Capacity Building
The Energize team supports neighborhood engagement, works to simplify connections to city programs and services and helps build neighborhood capacity through workshops, training and a toolkit of resources.
The City of Boise is the lead agency of Our Path Home, the public-private partnership working to end homelessness in Ada County. The partnership is comprised of nearly 50 partner agencies working together to provide homelessness prevention services, a regional response to those experiencing homelessness and supportive housing.
Our Path Home led the development of two key Housing First developments in our community:
- New Path Community Housing
Idaho’s first site-based permanent supportive housing development. The 41-unit apartment community opened its doors to 45 community members experiencing chronic homelessness with significant and multiple barriers to housing in November 2018.
- Valor Pointe
A 27-unit apartment complex offering health care, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment opened its doors to our community’s most vulnerable veterans experiencing homelessness in August 2020.
- Homeownership Loan Program
Offers income-qualified applicants an opportunity to purchase a home within Boise City limits.
- Home Improvement Loan Program
Helps income-qualified homeowners make necessary repairs to ensure their home is safe, decent, sanitary and energy efficient. Loans are available for energy and accessibility improvements, as well as general housing repairs.
- Non-Owner Occupied Property Preservation
Helps landlords make necessary repairs to their property to make it safe, decent, sanitary and energy efficient for income-qualified tenants to live in.
- Funding Opportunities
Provide our community with resources and funds to address a wide-range of needs, projects and activities focused on low-to-moderate income households. Funds have been used to help with the development of several key mixed-use, mixed-income housing developments, including Adare Apartments, Hawthorne Street Cottages and 12th and River Senior Housing.
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