What You Can Do

1. Educate yourself with Links to Solutions in Other Cities That Could Work for Boise’s Homelessness

Eugene, OR: SquareOneVillages

Portland, OR: In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity

Mayor Charlie Hales' plan for allowing homeless camping in Portland

Lakewood, NJ: Revival Village

Seattle Central District: Tiny house village taking shape in Seattle's Central District

Seattle Capitol Hill: Tiny house village opens for homeless in Seattle

Fresno: Fresno Passes Groundbreaking ‘Tiny House’ Rules

Vancouver, WA: Council for Homeless, pastor plan village of 40 tiny houses

"The Washington D.C. Right to Overnight Shelter Act of 1984" allowed the District to contract with motels during the winter months to house the homeless." - District places homeless families in motels under Initiative 17 http://www.theccnv.org/history.htm

Seattle - Ballard - The land for Nickelsville was supported by the city of Seattle via a permit for the encampment: Nickelsville to open homeless encampment in Ballard

Honolulu Housing First efforts. Also mentioned are success stories in Portland OR, Los Angeles CA, Denver CO, Quincy MA, New York City NY, and Portland ME: http://www.honolulu.gov/housing/ohou-first.html

2. Sign up for our email distribution list Email:

3. Become a member of the Coalition.
Membership is $20, individual; $40, organization; $75, business.

Download membership form

4. Spread the word.

Show your support for ending homelessness in Ada County by purchasing a Housing First pin ($10—see graphic and description below) and End Homelessness in Ada County T-shirt ($10). To order, contact president@homelesscoalitionboise.com.

5. Talk to elected officials
Let elected officials know you’d like to see Housing First solutions. Demand an end to government measures to criminalize homelessness.
City of Boise, Mayor’s Office...........(208) 384-4404
Ada County Commissioners……….….(208) 287-7000
Governor’s Office……………………...….(208) 334-2100

6. Be an advocate.
Participate in public hearings where ordinances that criminalize homeless are being considered by local governments and advocate for Housing First solutions with local governments. If you sign-up for our email distribution list we will notify you when public input is invited by local governments and the State of Idaho.

7. Get informed & stay in touch.
We can end homelessness in Boise and Ada County.
Email: president@homelesscoalitionboise.com to join our email list.
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HousingFirstAda.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomelessCoalitionBoise

8. Volunteer!
Homeless Coalition member agencies welcome and value volunteer energy. Please contact them directly.

9. Participate in the annual Walk A Mile in My Shoes Event

View slideshow from most recent event

The "HOUSING FIRST/END HOMELESSNESS" pin was designed to convey this simple message clearly in a beautiful, yet simple way. The colors (red, white and blue) symbolize America's military veterans that are homeless. The "house" is also an upward turned "arrow", an expression that we can do better, and must, if we are to end homelessness.