Nampa, Idaho -- LEAP Housing Solutions and local builder, indieDwell, will be placing six shipping containers via crane on August 26, 2020 at 1pm to kick off the landmark development of an affordable housing duplex using upcycled containers in Nampa. (Complete Address: 2202 Aries Dr, Nampa ID 83651)
The project on Aries Drive in Nampa will bring two homes to the community serving households at or below 50 percent area median income, or $40,400 for a family of five. These two 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes will be the first homes brought to Nampa and Canyon County by LEAP, with more planned to be completed in the future.
LEAP Housing Solutions is transforming a vacant, underutilized lot into an attractive modern duplex made of indieDwell shipping container homes. The homes are anticipated to be ready for occupancy in fall 2020.
“Utilizing vacant lots is one of the more efficient opportunities to provide needed affordable housing to the community that can stay affordable in the long run,” LEAP Founder and Executive Director, Bart Cochran said. “Urban infill and affordable housing are priorities of the City of Nampa as well as LEAP, which led to the culmination of the Aries project.”
This development is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3), which through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated funding to Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA). The funding is to “rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes.” (HUD)
This urban infill project has been made possible through the forward-leaning partnerships LEAP Housing Solutions have with indieDwell, Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA), supportive citizenry and the City of Nampa.
“It’s important to note that this project wouldn’t have been possible without citizen input,” Cochran said. “The voice of the people actually influenced the final design of the project. They requested that we make modifications to the parking structures to better fit the neighborhood. We see ourselves (LEAP) as a long term neighbor so it is important to ensure that projects are compatible with the community.”
The Aries project will be LEAP’s third completed development in the Treasure Valley, following the completion of Windy Court 1 and 2 in NW Boise. LEAP is continuing to work with partner organizations and private landowners to identify and obtain land for the purposes of developing affordable housing.
LEAP Housing Solutions is a Boise-based nonprofit working to develop and preserve affordable housing while providing empowering services that lead to greater housing stability in the Treasure Valley.