Apr 20, 2018

Idaho's first "Housing First" community!

What is Housing First?


There is no health without housing. Every day spent on the streets impacts the physical and mental well-being of children and adults. Housing First is a research-proven solution that houses people experiencing homelessness as quickly as possible. Once the lease is signed and the key is turned, we provide intensive supportive services to maintain family stability and strength.


Once our families have stable homes, our interventions and supports like job placement and counseling become more effective. How do we know? According to a national study, only 16% of people living in shelters are in an independent home one year later.


80% of CATCH families are financially independent in their homes one year after placement.


(From Boise City / Ada County Housing Authorities - See link below)

The Idea

Offering homes for chronically homeless people and then surrounding them with care to address the challenges that contribute to their homelessness is a proven model throughout the country.

It saves lives and saves our community money.

Frequently Asked Questions

How was it funded?

Idaho Housing and Finance Association donated $500,000 in HOME funds as well as assigning Low Income Tax Credits to the facility; Ada County contributed $200,000 to support the social services to be provided by Terry Reilly Health Services and CATCH, Inc. (Charitable Assistance to Community Homeless); the City of Boise donated $1M in general funds; St. Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Centers provided grants of $250,000, and Boise City Ada County Housing Authority assigned 40 Project Based Vouchers to New Path Community Housing.


Who built it?

Construction began through a partnership of Thomas Development Co., The Pacific Companies, and Northwest Integrity Housing Co. (NIHC). They have extensive backgrounds in developing “permanent supportive housing” throughout the West.


Where is it?

The New Path Community Housing site is 2200 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise’s West End, close to transportation, retail, grocery stores, recreation, and a variety of social services.


Who manages New Path?

Tomlinson and Associates, a well-known and experienced property management firm is managing the community. There is an on-site manager, as well as law enforcement presence on the weekends.


What kinds of services are available?

Terry Reilly Health Services provides on-site social services, medical treatment, and life skills training.


How will it save our community money?

Our community will save through major reductions in costs associated with homelessness; including but not limited to ambulance trips, hospital visits, and incarceration.


Does Housing First Work?

The Housing First approach views housing as the foundation for life improvement and enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter.

There is a large and growing evidence base demonstrating that Housing First is an effective solution to homelessness.  Consumers in a Housing First model access housing faster and are more likely to remain stably housed.  Permanent supportive housing has been found to be cost efficient.

Providing access to housing generally results in cost savings for communities because housed people are less likely to use emergency services, including hospitals, jails, and emergency shelters, than those who are homeless. One study found an average cost savings on emergency services of $31,545 per person housed in a Housing First program over the course of two years.  Another study showed that a Housing First program would cut costs up to $23,000 per consumer per year over a Shelter program.


Many Public, Non-Profit and Private entities have come together to make our community a better place for all.




Local - Regional - National


Boise/Ada Continuum of Care - CoC

Boise City / Ada County Housing Authority - BCACHA

Boise City Housing & Community Development - HCD

Boise Vision - LIV Boise

HUD Chronically Homeless Definition - Defined

US Interagency Council on Homelessness - USICH

HUD Exchange - HUD


Idaho Housing and Finance Association - IHFA

Northwest Integrity Housing Co. - NIHC

National Alliance to End Homelessness - NAENH


Terry Reilly Health Services - TRHS




Aug 24, 2020

May16, 2019

New Path Community Housing in Boise Honored with

Affordable Housing Award From National Coalition


Washington, D.C. – The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) today announced that New Path Community Housing in Boise is a 2020 recipient of the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Small Metropolitan category, recognizing affordable housing developments and organizations that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit).


“In Idaho, we have a long history of looking out for our neighbors, and New Path Community Housing in Boise is a shining example of that,” said U.S. Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho, 02). “Made possible by Pacific West Communities, Northwest Integrity Housing, and numerous community, city, and state groups, New Path is leading the way by helping some of our most vulnerable citizens – those who are chronically homeless. And today they’ve won a prestigious award of excellence, given to only the best affordable housing developments in the nation. I congratulate them for their work and for their dedication to the people of Idaho.”


of affordable housing,” said AHTCC President and WNC, Inc. Executive Vice President Michael Gaber. “As the impact of COVID-19 continues to create hardships for a growing number of families and working people across the country, now more than ever we need effective tools like the Housing Credit to provide stable, affordable homes.”


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May 16, 2019 (Boise, ID) - The City of Boise partnering with BOMA Idaho (Building Owners and Managers Association) recently recognized NIHC for New Path Community Housing with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter' s Creative Collaboration Award at the 12th annual BUILDING EXCELLENCE AWARDS. The awards honor building owners and managers whose projects represent the best of Boise's built environment.


The City of Boise recognized six businesses, organizations and building owners whose developments represent the best of Boise's built environment. Mayor David Bieter was among the presenters at a luncheon hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Idaho held May 16 at the Zion's Bank Building at Eighth and Main.


New Path Community Housing (2200 W Fairview Ave.) is a new housing development with 40 apartments for the chronically homeless, as well as on-site rehabilitation services and a live-in manager. The development required significant collaboration between private developers, Northwest Integrity Housing Co. and other non-profit organizations, Idaho Health and Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, CATCH and the City of Boise, among many others. As the first "Housing First" building of its kind in Boise, and in the state of Idaho, the project helps revitalize West Downtown as well as promote housing for all.


Contact: Mayor's Office Media Relations

(208) 972-8527 | mjournee@cityofboise.org


Jul 02, 2018

Dec 20, 2018

Construction Update - Opening Fall 2018

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On November 29, 2018, New Path Community Housing – Idaho’s first site-based permanent supportive housing development – opened its doors to 40 community members experiencing chronic homelessness. Not only do residents have a place to call home, but due to the generosity of the amazing partners, including Terry Reilly, on-site social services, medical treatment and life skills training are all provided.


With immense gratitude we share Karen and Jimi’s story.


Click here for link to LIV Boise


Feb 05, 2018

Construction - Opening Fall 2018

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Feb 05, 2018

Construction - Opening Fall 2018

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Sep 20, 2017


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Groundbreaking Video - Boise Mayor Dave Bieter

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Sep 20, 2017

A crowd gathered together to celebrate the groundbreaking of Boise's first "Housing First" development, New Path Community Housing. New Path will offer 40 one bedroom apartments for the chronically homeless in Boise and reduce costs incurred assisting this vulnerable segment of our community.


Support services will be provided on site through Terry Reilly Health Services and CATCH, Inc. (Charitable Assistance to Community's Homeless of Ada County). Completion is expected in late Fall of 2018.


Pictured with shovel in hand left to right are Rodney Reider, President and CEO, Saint Alphansus Health System; Chris Roth, Senior Vice President and CEO, St. Luke's Health System; Deanna Watson, Executive Director, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority; Thomas Mannschreck, President/Owner, Thomas Development Co; Caleb Roope, President, The Pacific Companies; Dave Bieter, Mayor, City of Boise; Dave Case, Chairman of the Board, Ada County Board of Commissioners; Gerald Hunter, President and Executive Director Idaho Housing and Finance Association.


Apr 28, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

Site Planned

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New Path Community Housing will be built on the former Twin Dragon restaurant site in Boise's west end at 2200 W Fariview ave.  The 40 unit Development construction including space for supportive services is expected to break ground later this fall.  Developers Northwest Integrity Housing, Pacific West Communities and Thomas Development Co. have partnered to make this dream a reality.

Developers Chosen

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“Our selection of Boise Pacific NIHC Associates as the site developer is a major step in the implementation of Housing First,” according to Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “We are pleased to award low-income tax credits and HOME funds to provide permanent supportive housing for the community’s chronically homeless.”  Hunter is a key player in building Idaho's first "Housing First" home for the chronically homeless.  Boise Pacific NIHC Associates is a group of Boise Developers including Northwest Integrity Housing Co, The Pacific Companies headed by Caleb Roope and Thomas Mannschreck from Thomas Development Co.


The Blue Review (BSU) - May 11, 2016 - COMING

Idaho Statesman - August 03, 2016 - SOLVE

KTVB - November 14, 2016 - FUNDING

Idaho Statesman - March 15, 2017 - GROUNDBREAKING

FEB 17, 2016

Boise State University Research

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Vanessa Fry, Assistant Director of the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State University, presents at TEDx in SunValley.  How could 'Housing First' greatly reduce costs to address the needs of the chronically homeless in our Community?  Click the link to view Vanessa's presentation:

Ted Talk


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