The last time you heard from us in May, we painted a confident vision to “build hope together.” At that time, we honestly had no idea what COVID-19 was going to do to our organization.
Time and trials have tested us, and we’re almost through the gauntlet, thanks to you.
We navigated the financial hurdles standing in the way of our mission. COVID-19 hurt our income significantly, but you carried us through while allowing us to get creative.
We knew that we would continue to build homes for our community, but we didn’t expect to achieve plenty of next steps for the organization.
Our Highlights of 2020:
The creation of the first Housing Trust in the Treasure Valley, called the LEAP Housing Trust. We are underway with construction at the first phase of the Housing Trust, Caritas Commons, which will supply 14 homes available for homeownership and will be affordable, forever.
The launch of our Resident Services program, which works to bring greater stability for vulnerable households in the Treasure Valley by building community connections and increasing access to supportive resources.
The conversion of the first LEAP ROC manufactured home community in Garden City. Two Garden City communities merged to collectively purchase the land beneath their homes as a business, preserving affordable housing for 56 homeowners.
The completion of our flagship community, Windy Court. In October, we finished the second phase of Windy Court, adding four more units to the supply of affordable rentals in Boise. In total, Windy Court now has 8 units, which 41 people call home.
As we look ahead to 2021, we must continue to build hope and offer new services, with or without COVID. This year, we invite you to support LEAP Housing Solutions during our Avenues for Hope campaign.
Beginning on Thursday, December 10th at 8am, you can give to LEAP through the Avenues for Hope website at https://www.avenuesforhope.org/organizations/leap-housing-solutions. This event is a fun end of year campaign where LEAP will compete for prizes and matching opportunities. All donations must be made before December 31st at midnight to qualify for Avenues for Hope.
We are blessed to have you as a part of the LEAP Housing Solutions family. We have done so much since we kicked off Welcome Housing in 2016, and you are an integral part of our growth. There is much more to come; thank you for building hope with us here at LEAP Housing Solutions.