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Saint Al's, St. Luke's Commit Dollars to Boise Plan to Battle Chronic Homelessness

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City of Boise officials compared $5.3 million in current annual costs for assisting the chronically homeless compared to $1.6 million for a Housing First model. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • City of Boise officials compared $5.3 million in current annual costs for assisting the chronically homeless compared to $1.6 million for a Housing First model.


Idaho's two major health care systems, Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke's, plan to contribute $100,000 each to the City of Boise's Housing First effort to combat chronic homelessness.

Earlier this year, city officials stood alongside the officials from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, CATCH and Terry Reilly Health Services to launch the Housing First Initiative, a program designed to provide permanent housing for the chronically homeless. City officials made it clear shelter alone wouldn't solve the problem, though, and "wrap-around" services such as health care, counseling and substance-abuse treatment are also needed to address the root causes of homelessness.

In addition to financial commitments from Saint Al's and St. Luke's,  Ada County is considering a $250,000 contribution to Housing First as part of the county's current fiscal year 2017 budgeting process. 

- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced the Housing First initiative Feb. 9. -  - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced the Housing First initiative Feb. 9.