New Path will open in November 2018 and is a 41-unit apartment community designed to serve Ada County residents experiencing chronic homelessness with significant and multiple barriers to housing. The units come furnished and there is a community room with a full kitchen, computer lab, laundry areas and recreational space.
New Path will have an onsite property manager, and several staff employed by Terry Reilly Health Services and CATCH will work on-site during the week, including a social worker, case manager, 2 peer specialists, a registered nurse, and a housing specialist. These staff will provide support services to residents such as resolution of tenant-landlord issues, case management, mental health and substance use treatment, job counseling, and coordination of care.
By providing such support, the CoC’s goals for New Path include:
- Reducing the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in Ada County
- Providing a safe place to live that offers evidence-based, effective support services to engage residents and help them achieve their personal wellness goals
- Reducing and preventing criminal justice system involvement
- Reducing the use of the emergency medical services system
- Increasing and strengthening connections to peers and the community at-large
Low-Income Tax Credits, funding from the federal HOME program and City of Boise general funds provided for debt-free construction. For the first time, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority provided rental assistance by way of project-based vouchers, and the county and hospital systems are funding the supportive services.