Gem State Roundup

Boise realtor foundation donates $250k for affordable housing developments

By: - July 19, 2021 3:05 pm
Downtown Boise from the Boise Depot

Downtown Boise seen from the Boise Depot on May 5, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Mountain Sun)

The Boise Regional REALTORS Community Foundation announced it will donate $250,000 to the LEAP Housing Trust to support affordable housing developments in Elmore, Gem and Ada counties, according to a press release.

“LEAP’s Housing Trust was chosen for this gift not only because of what they build, but by doing so, they provide more options to help people achieve the dream of homeownership,” Jeff Wills, president of Boise Regional REALTORS, said in the release.

The donation will assist with the development of a multi-family affordable housing development in Mountain Home called Falcon’s Landing, and with the completion of Taft Street Homes in Boise. The donation will also assist with a 2023 affordable housing project in Emmett. The REALTORS Community Foundation is the charitable arm of Boise Regional REALTORS, the trade association for real estate professionals, which is providing the funding for this gift with support from Intermountain MLS (IMLS), another BRR subsidiary.

“In our work with prospective homebuyers, REALTORS are keenly aware of the lack of affordable housing available throughout our region,” Gary Salisbury, president of the foundation, said in the release. “While we have provided nearly $1.7 million in grants to various nonprofits since 1995, this will be our first significant gift to one organization.”

In addition to the housing trust, LEAP offers other services to renters, prospective homebuyers, and residents of their communities, providing the tools and financial assistance needed to secure and enjoy affordable, stable housing.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.