Valor Pointe is a transformative development for veterans experiencing homelessness in the Veterans Park Neighborhood, located in the City of Boise, featuring 27 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units; 26 units for veterans experiencing homelessness and one unit for a live-in property manager. Each unit is designed with an open floor plan for the kitchen and living rooms and also includes a balcony or patio, allowing every resident an opportunity to enjoy a private outdoor space. The kitchens have Energy Star rated appliances as well as cabinets and countertops built with durable yet stylish materials.
To help accommodate those residents that need the assistance of a wheelchair and to allow all residents to age in place, all units have an ADA accessible bathroom and all balconies and patios are designed to accommodate wheelchair accessibility, allowing every resident and their guests an opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities within a residential unit. Valor Pointe offers its residents several onsite amenities including a community room, classroom, computer lab, fitness room, laundry room, and indoor bike storage.
Valor Pointe is designed with onsite offices that are available for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff for meetings with the residents and supportive services. Through the Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), the VA provides case management for veterans who are experiencing homelessness and help families find and sustain permanent housing. VA case managers are key to connecting veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling. The VA also offers Peer Support Services, Outreach Programs for veterans experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness, as well as a Housing Specialist who is focused on landlord engagement and preparing veterans with “pre-housing” needs such as credit improvement, addressing past due debts and completing housing applications.
In conjunction with the VA, Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp (Northwest) Stepping Stones (Stepping Stones) also provides services for the residents of Valor Pointe. Stepping Stones has programs serving several of the properties owned and or managed by Northwest, featuring courses such as financial literacy, computer skills and security, and job searches and résumé building. As a part of Northwest, Stepping Stones offers all of these programs at no cost or obligation to residents.
Valor Pointe includes a therapeutic garden located onsite for the residents and their guests to enjoy. Many institutions, including hospitals, assisted living residences, outpatient treatment facilities and other healthcare environments are witnessing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of therapeutic gardens. Valor Pointe’s design includes a small, open plaza at the front entrance with flags honoring the United States of America and each branch of its military.
This project was made possible through an extensive public-private partnership including Idaho Housing and Finance Association, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, the City of Boise, the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center, U.S. Bank, and Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp.
Funding for Valor Pointe was provided by U.S. Bank which provided a construction loan and was the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) investor, and the City of Boise which provided HOME Partnership Funds, General Funds and fee waivers.
Additional partners include Home Partnership Foundation, Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Micron Foundation, Together Treasure Valley, the Idaho Statesman, Albertsons, Boise Cascade, Wells Fargo Bank, JP Morgan Chase, the Julius C. Jeker Foundation, Tealey’s Land Surveying, Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp., CSHQA and CSDI.
“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
– President John F. Kennedy