NEW PATH COMMUNITY HOUSING
New Path Community Housing in Boise, ID, has won a 2020 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Small Metropolitan Category (city population 50,000 to 300,000).
New Path Community Housing, developed by Pacific West Communities, Inc. and Northwest Integrity Housing Co., is Idaho’s first Housing First development. Providing 40 permanent supportive housing units also served by project-based vouchers, New Path aims to stimulate positive, permanent outcomes for chronically homeless individuals through affordable housing and wrap-around social and health services. This ambitious development was made possible through a collaboration of nearly two dozen organizations, including the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, City of Boise, Ada County, businesses, nonprofits, and healthcare providers. Nearly $6 million in equity was provided by American Express National Bank and syndicated by The Richman Group through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit).
On-site services at New Path Community Housing are catered to the needs of each person. Residents have access to case managers, financial literacy services, a housing specialist, peer support groups, and healthcare services, including a part-time nurse and mental health and substance abuse counseling by Terry Reilly Health Services. New Path Community Housing also provides on-site private offices, recreation space, a computer center, community room, and exercise facility. Additionally, New Path is staffed 24 hours a day to ensure safety and stability for its residents.
Many residents walk or bike as a primary form of transportation, so the property’s location is important as well. Located on the edge of Boise’s vibrant downtown, bridging commercial and residential areas, New Path Community Housing is near public transportation, a grocery store, a health care facility, a nonprofit that works with low-income residents, the city’s 25-mile pedestrian Green Belt, and additional off-site services.
Remarks from U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
“Congratulations to New Path Community Housing on receiving the 2020 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award. Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and across the country, and tackling the issue requires innovative, outside-the-box approaches. It also requires teamwork from local, state, and federal government, as well as the private sector,” said Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID).
“New Path is a wonderful example of what is possible through these collaborative efforts. This ambitious development not only provides affordable housing, but many essential health and social services critical to its residents overall well-being. I commend Caleb Roope of Pacific West Communities and Northwest Integrity Housing and other key stakeholders who made this development possible. Their efforts have truly made a positive difference in residents’ lives and in the community.”
Statement from U.S. Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID-02)
“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 Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID-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.”