P.O. Box 6283, Boise, ID 83707 www.homelesscoalitionboise.com
Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition
April 13, 2022
The meeting was conducted by Denise Caruzzi, President.
Also in attendance: Howard Belodoff; Cara Cain; Pete Schroeder, Cathedral of the Rockies; Don Ruffing Corpus Christi House; Carol Craighill, Secretary; Lila Fetherolf; Jim Grunow; Gary Hanes; Martin Hendrickson; Jodi Peterson, Interfaith Sanctuary; Lori Dicaire, Intermountain Fair Housing Council; Neysa Jensen; Cay Marquart, LEAP Housing; Mary Nagel, Vice-President; Vivian Parrish; Pam Roemer; Megan Wilson Woller, St. Al’s; Kira Hunt, Salvation Army; Gayle Wilde. Also attending were guests: Ariana Brault, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities; Lisa Bulow; Bruce D. Ervin; Michelle Goodale; and Kyle Patterson, City of Boise, who presented.
Review Minutes of March 9 2022 meeting
Motion to approve as submitted: Neysa Jensen, Second: Lila Fetherolf, Approved unanimously
Review of Treasurer’s Report: March 9, 2022
Presented by Carol Craighill who reported a balance of $3,640.57. Motion to approve as submitted: Gayle Wilde, Second: Cay Marquart, Approved unanimously
Carol Craighill provided the following from the updated Financial Policy Document approved by the Executive Committee.
Note that the Financial Policies Document (available at https://www.homelesscoalitionboise.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/HC.Financial.Policies.Document.pdf) has been changed (as approved by the Executive Committee), to allow the Treasurer to be a signer on the USBank Checking Account.
Following the above: Authorization of changing/adding check signers to Bank Account: Signers on the US Bank account (1553302259475) to be Denise Caruzzi, President, Jarrett Rummel, Treasurer and Carol Craighill, Membership Co-Chair.
- Kyle Patterson, City of Boise Enterprise Data Strategist, is in charge of the city’s movable tiny home and accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) pilot program. He started about a year ago interviewing people to ask them their opinions about housing needs. He came up with more than 500 suggestions. He found that there was lots of interest in both programs. ADU’s are currently allowed, but movable tiny homes are not. There will be five to six sites selected for the movable tiny homes to be rented for six to eight months. There will also be 10 to 12 sites for accessory dwelling units which will be rented at affordable rates for 10 years. LEAP Housing was awarded the contract. The goal is to evaluate these projects and expand these projects based on the outcomes.
2.Jodi Peterson-Stigers, Interfaith Sanctuary, provided an update on the Boise City Council appeal. The appeal starts Monday, April 18. The hearing schedule is below:
Monday, April 18—4:00-9:00
Tuesday, April 19—10:00-4:00
Wednesday, April 20 & Thursday, April 21—10:00-4:00
Monday, April 25—4:00-9:00
If the meetings do not conclude by Monday evening, another meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, April 26—4:00-9:00. Tuesday, April 19, is the Coalition’s day to be present and testify. The Faith congregation will also be present every day. We are all encouraged to wear our t-shirts.
3. Martin Hendrickson, Idaho Legal Aid, has been advising the homeless protesters of their legal rights. The State aggressively and illegally dismantled the entire encampment. A large amount of property was seized and destroyed. Idaho Legal Aid has filed a lawsuit against the State on the basis of violation of freedom of speech.
Carol Craighill, Membership Committee, reported that we have 12 organizational members and about 40 individual members.
Lila Fetherolf , Education and Advocacy, has printed a form for organizations to submit to our coalition to provide an update with important information. There are also two handouts–one on low barrier shelters and the other on low-income housing. Jodi also suggested to include “Word on the Street”–personal stories from homeless people.
The committee is also working on a power point presentation to be shown to interested groups.
Salvation Army, Kira Hurt
talked about her program “Pathway of Hope” to help families break the cycle of poverty
Corpus Christi, Don Ruffing
reported that the warming center has been closed
Corpus is open from 8:30-4:00 and is very crowded
there are 14 computers and it’s starting to get back to pre-Covid activity
Marc will be leaving Corpus this summer
Intermountain Fair Housing, Lori Dicaire
a Fair Housing conference will take place on Wednesday, April 20
Faith Leader, retired Bruce Ervin
started a Facebook page about homelessness– “Boise Faith Group”
LEAP Housing, Cay Marquart
The “Welcome Housing” condos have been remodeled and refugees are moving in
was approved to do the city pilot project on movable tiny homes and ADU’s
Bart Cochran was recognized by the Idaho Business Review
Bart Cochran was also on the Doublewide Dudes Podcast to talk about the housing trust project—the only one in Idaho
their new email address is leaphousing.org
Meeting was adjourned at 3:20 by Denise Caruzzi. The next general meeting will be May, 11, 2022 at 1:30 online
Notes taken by Cay Marquart
Secretary: Carol Craighill