Idaho trust for affordable housing raises $2.1 million


    A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.
    A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

    The LEAP Housing Trust, a Boise-based nonprofit that creates affordable housing, has raised $2.1 million for its first capital campaign.

    The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health donated $300,000, according to a press release, and Saint Alphonsus Health System donated $240,000.

    The trust creates homes with sales prices that are affordable to low-income households, which are individuals who earn 80% of the area median income. The homes are affordable, according to the organization, because owners only purchase the home while the land is owned by the trust. The homeowners still build equity on the home, including any improvements made. This video explains the process.

    Caritas Commons (14 homes in Boise), Whitney Commons (11 homes in Boise) and an unnamed project in Mountain Home will be the first three communities in the LEAP Housing Trust. The organization is hoping to make homes in the trust available across the state.

    The LEAP Housing Trust is made up of contributions from 14 individuals, corporations and foundations, and LEAP continues to look for community partners. The $2.1 million capital campaign was supported by the following major donors: Saint Alphonsus, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Whitney Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank, Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Harry Morrison Foundation, Boise Regional Realtors Foundation, First Interstate Bank, the Idaho Community Foundation and private individuals.

    To learn more about the LEAP Housing Trust, how to donate to the trust, or how to sell land to the trust, go to or contact LEAP at [email protected] or 208-391-2823.

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    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. She has covered city and county government, crime and courts, education and the Idaho Legislature. She has received awards from the Idaho Press Club for her reporting on the aftermath of a $4.5 million budget shortfall at Nampa School District, as well as her reporting on campaign finance. Her specialty is reporting complex subjects related to fiscal policy in a straightforward, understandable way. Born and raised in Boise, Moseley-Morris lives with her husband, their daughter, and a silly dog named Olive in Meridian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, mostly for the food.