Church donates empty land to Leap Housing Trust to build affordable housing

Recent inflation reports confirm what most people already know, prices are rising.

As Boise’s housing market began to cool, many renters and buyers struggled to find affordable housing. But a local church is doing what it can to help.

Lakeview Church of the Nazarene in Nampa has donated vacant land next to its facilities to the Leap Housing Trust. The Trust is a community program for Idahoans in need of affordable housing and has built two communities that are owned in the trust. The goal of the program is not just to build affordable housing, but to maintain affordable housing

“Always trying to find concrete, practical ways to love our neighbors and be connected in our neighborhood, and it made a lot of sense in that regard, like making a no-strings-attached, no-strings-attached donation to help someone having access to something that he might not have been able to before,” said Reverend Nathan Roskam of the Lakeview Church of the Nazarene.

The donation is the first of its kind for the nonprofit which was launched in 2016. The approximately 3,300 square foot lot provides excellent access to local transit, jobs and schools.

“Our organization could provide the technical expertise to build and develop affordable housing, and the church, the landowner, we can work together to essentially achieve our common goal, which is the creation of housing,” said the CEO of Leap Housing, Bart Cochran.

This build is part of a larger Leap effort called “Yes In God’s Backyard,” a riff on the “Not In My Backyard” or “NIMBY” mentality that can stifle development.

“Yes In God’s Backyard” is an effort to uncover and convert underutilized land into homes for families in need.

You can find out more on the Leap Housing website.

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