The affordable housing crisis continues to grow in the Treasure Valley. So we decided to take action.
With the financial help of the National Housing Trust Fund and the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA), LEAP secured development costs for four new affordable homes in NW Boise.
We partnered with local builder, IndieDwell who creates the most energy efficient and modern homes possible. IndieDwell converts shipping containers into highly insulated, and eco-friendly homes. The homes will have a zero net energy consumption because of donated solar panels. Future residents will pay a fraction of normal utility bills.
The land donated to us will accommodate four IndieDwell homes. Each has four bedrooms, two baths and are ADA accessible. The homes are specifically for serving our most vulnerable neighbors.
Units will rent for $843 per month (as determined by HUD) including water, sewer, trash and power. Each comes with a microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Each unit comes with two dedicated parking spaces, one that is covered. Eligible applicants must report household incomes of 30 percent of the area median income (AMI), and preference will be given to households that have members who are elderly or have a disability.
Native area plants will surround each home to create an attractive drought tolerant Xeriscape landscape. Additionally, there will be a shared outdoor community area and garden boxes for growing fresh produce. The site is located near the bus line and many community amenities.
Applications for Windy Court are now closed. Stay tuned for an open house and ribbon cutting in mid-May!
LEAP and IndieDwell were featured in an Idaho Statesman article about this project. We hope these units will help to reduce the 8,095 deficit of affordable rental homes in Boise.