Housing stability/instability is frequently referenced in conversations surrounding housing, but remains rarely defined. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the complex issue of housing instability can encompass a multitude of challenges, including: high housing costs, overcrowding, moving frequently, staying with relatives, homelessness, or being severely rent burdened each month (2020.) On the other hand, a stable home is permanent, safe, and appropriate for the needs of the household.
While the creation of affordable housing is part of a larger solution, the transition to stability and self sufficiency is often jeopardized due to the many obstacles that households face. LEAP is dedicated to serving residents in a comprehensive manner that extends beyond the creation of housing. We believe that housing is a core determinant of personal health and well-being, and is essential for individuals and families to face the unique challenges they face.
Housing assistance paired with supportive services helps ensure that households are able to overcome their personal barriers to maintaining housing stability.
Here at LEAP, we have heard numerous stories of housing transformation and stability. One of the households we currently serve is a perfect example of how stable and affordable housing can be the catalyst needed for greater change.
This particular family was facing homelessness when we met them, and had fallen through the cracks of the housing system. This family searched for affordable housing that would provide stability, and during that process they came across LEAP. We worked with the family to ensure they would have a new home that suited the needs of their family and their financial situation. Since moving in, they have established themselves in the community, enrolled their children in a local public school, and are a joy to be around!
This story is not uncommon.
As we look forward to the future of affordable housing development and preservation, stories like these are our biggest motivator. By continually developing and improving our services, we hope to reach more and more individuals and families in Idaho, one home at a time.