In Public-Private Partnership, Local Organizations Bring Affordable Housing to Nampa
At its grand opening, The housing company and its community partners opened new affordable housing developments for Nampa workers and families at Canyon Terrace Apartments.
Community partners include the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Saint Alphonsus, R4 Capital and the Nampa School District. Together, the agencies have allocated $18.8 million for the construction of the project. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association also contributed more than $8.5 million in tax credits to the project.
Canyon Terrace Apartments provides housing for people who earn 60% or less of the area’s median income or $50,520 for a family of four in Canyon County, said Kathryn Almberg, vice president and chief operating officer of The Housing Company.
“I didn’t know that Nampa had the highest number of homeless students per capita in the state,” Almberg said. “Children need a stable place to live to learn and grow.”
The 81-unit apartment complex offers one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom spaces for Nampa residents, including 15 apartments for homeless families with children enrolled in the Nampa School District. The complex includes amenities such as a playground, washer and dryer hookups, computer lab, community room, and laundry room.
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“The people who live in Canyon Terrace are our local workforce, our restaurant staff, our hospital workers, our grocery and retail workers, our first grade teachers and emergency responders. “, said Almberg.
Almberg said she hopes to redefine workforce housing.
“Canyon Terrace housing is the kind of housing that workers live in,” she said. “Affordable housing is beautiful and well maintained due to the regulatory requirements we have to meet, so our housing standards are very high.”
Heidi Rahn, Nampa School District‘s federal programs administrator, said the project encourages conversations between public and private organizations to find solutions to community housing and education needs.
“It’s been a huge opportunity for our students and their families to have a place to go. It means they’re going to have a stable school, stable transportation and it means the school district can come in for home visits to help support the house rather than asking families to go to many places to meet their needs,” Rahn said. . “Our children can call this home.”
Idaho’s affordable housing crisis is a health crisis
Saint Alphonsus is one of the community partners who contributed financially to the project, allocating $1 million for housing development. Its involvement with the Canyon Terrace Apartments is one of four housing projects in the area that the hospital has helped fund. He has funded housing and other youth projects in Boise, Nampa, Baker City and across Ontario.
“Health is absolutely a crisis because of the price of housing,” said Travis P. Leach, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa.
Housing is fundamental to a person’s health, and homeless people lack the stability they need to recover from illness or to take their medication, he said.
Leach said location and housing details play a big role in the health of tenants and their families.
“There are a lot of low-income housing next to places where there are chemicals or next to a busy road,” he said. “Sidewalks, accessibility for people with disabilities and yellow beacons for the visually impaired, ramps, fences and grass combine to create a healthy place to live where you are not at risk.”