LEAP Charities is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was started by the owners of Property People, a Boise real estate company, who wanted to use their housing expertise and love for Boise to provide creative affordable housing solutions. LEAP’s vision is to see communities transformed with hope, connection, and secure housing.
LEAPs services focus on solving the affordable housing crisis in Boise. The home is the nucleus of life and without sufficient affordable options, many Boiseans are forced to give too much of their income to rent with little left for their families.
Welcome Housing: Welcome Housing provides a better beginning for newly arrived refugees through transitional housing, hospitality, and relationship building. Upon arrival to Boise, guests stay an average of 3 weeks in a furnished and affordable temporary home with a host family nextdoor until an apartment is found. Launched in December 2016, LEAP operates 3 Welcome Houses and is in a capital campaign to purchase 3 units. At half the cost of a hotel, our 126 guests have saved $1,200 per family with a total savings of over $30,000.
Yes You Can: The ‘Yes You Can’ Homeownership Program connects clients with community providers of housing counseling, housing education, and financial assistance programs to ensure the home buying process is an empowering and affordable experience. Unlike other homeowner programs, clients benefit from attentive mentorship from a housing specialist-realtor team who champion them on from dream to doorstep. Established in October 2017, ‘Yes You Can’ currently has 23 clients engaged in the homebuying process anywhere from making goals to closing on their first home.
Affordable Housing Development: LEAP has been awarded Housing Trust Fund funding for $713,000 through the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) to develop four rental units in Northwest Boise for households earning 0-30% of Area Median Income. LEAP is partnering with an experienced developer to plan and build these 4 bed and 2 bath units. The proposed units are scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Resident Owned Communities (ROC): LEAP is working to become the Idaho affiliate of ROC USA, a national organization that assists manufactured home communities become cooperatively owned by the homeowners who live there rather than a landlord. ROC is a way of preserving and improving an affordable housing option in Idaho.
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