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LEAP breaks ground on affordable home ownership project in West Boise

Whitney Commons off of Shamrock Street will have 11 homes, which are expected to be completed later this year. Buyers may be eligible for down payment assistance.
Credit: LEAP Housing

BOISE, Idaho — Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2023 on 11 three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes as part of a program to make home ownership affordable.

LEAP Housing and its partners broke ground on April 17 for Whitney Commons. It is located off of Shamrock Street south of Fairview Avenue, next to the Shamrock Street Park site that the City of Boise recently acquired for a future park and open space.

The community is in the LEAP Housing Trust, and is the second of its kind that LEAP has built. A $200,000 donation from The Whitney Foundation allowed LEAP to purchase the land for Whitney Commons. Land purchases as part of the housing trust model allow LEAP to build and sell homes at more affordable prices by removing the cost of land from the equation and "ensures that the homes will remain affordable for buyer after buyer, forever," according to a news release from LEAP.

Credit: LEAP Housing

For people interested in buying a home at Whitney Commons, LEAP asks that interested buyers complete the LEAP Housing Trust Eligibility Questionnaire. Qualified households must be at or below 80% of the area median income. For a family of four, that's a gross income of $67,350 per year, according to City of Boise income guidelines. Buyers may be eligible for up to $100,000 in down payment assistance through the LEAP Loan Fund, made possible by donations and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

LEAP Housing Trust staff will request the following documentation:

  • Three to six of most recent consecutive pay stubs
  • Start date of most recent employment
  • Hourly wage or annual salary
  • Tax returns from the last two years
  • Date of birth
  • Total number of dependents
  • Other forms of income (SSI, SSDI, Child Support, Alimony, Rental Income, etc.)

Preference will be given to households with a member who meets any of the following criteria:

  • 62 years or older
  • Physical impairment
  • Mental impairment
  • Recovering from domestic abuse
  • Recovering from substance use
  • Has HIV/AIDS

LEAP notes that filling out the form and becoming income qualified does not guarantee you a home. For more information about Whitney Commons and other LEAP programs, visit the LEAP website.

Credit: LEAP Housing

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