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Boise CDBG Funds to Support Child Care, Medical Services, Shelter for Some of City's Neediest

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Giraffe Laugh is in line to receive $25,000 in CDBG grant funds. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Giraffe Laugh is in line to receive $25,000 in CDBG grant funds.


When the Boise City Council gavels into session Tuesday, Nov. 17, lawmakers will be asked to sign off on a series of Community Development Block Grants to some of the community's biggest nonprofits.

Drawn from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, CDBGs seed more than 1,000 state and local governments which, in turn, contract with local agencies and nonprofits to provide services to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Among the most recent recipients:

Giraffe Laugh, which will receive $25,000 to provide child care services for approximately 80 homeless or "extremely low- to very low-income families with children 0-6 of age."

When Boise Weekly visited a Giraffe Laugh location in September 2014, we learned the monthly rate for caring for an infant, newborn to age 2 is $777. But the majority of the infants come from middle- to low-income families, which are eligible for lower rates of $621, $583 or $543 per month. For those in very low-income families, some scholarships are available. It's estimated that 55 to 60 percent of the Giraffe Families qualify for a discount.

Terry Reilly Health Service will receive approximately $82,500 to support medicare care services to low- and moderate-income and homeless people at the Terry Reilly Boise Medical Clinic. It's estimated that the grant could assist 4,000 patients.

The Women's and Children's Alliance will receive approximately $63,000 to provide services to low- and moderate-income adult and children victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The funds are intended to assist nearly 100 women and children.

Jesse Tree of Idaho will receive approximately $34,600 in CDBG funds to assist with emergency rental assistance and emergency rental support for approximately 225 individuals.