Yes in God’s Backyard

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the state of Idaho reported a deficit of 24,295 affordable and available homes in 2020 (

In response, LEAP has partnered with faith-leaders across the Treasure Valley to share how religious organizations can play a role in providing affordable housing for our community..

Church-owned land has the potential to revolutionize communities and bring hope to families across the Treasure Valley. If all of the unused or excess land held by churches was transformed into affordable housing, the Idaho deficit of affordable housing would nearly disappear completely.

In fact, did you know that the amount of unused or excess land owned by churches in the Treasure Valley makes up more acreage than the entire campus of Boise State University?

Church leaders are invited to join LEAP and other Idaho faith leaders in the Treasure Valley who are actively transforming their communities through stable and secure housing. Bart Cochran, Executive Director of LEAP, will moderate the discussion and our panel of church leaders will include:

  • Kat Tigerman & Karen Hunter - The House Next Door/Grace Episcopal Church
  • Joe Bankard - Collister United Methodist Boise
  • Meggan Manlove - Trinity Lutheran Nampa

This tour consists of two virtual events.

  1. February 18th from 12pm-1:30pm
  2. February 24th from 6pm-7:30pm

If you’re interested in learning more about this free event, please visit our webpage for additional information and registration details.

Check out the stories below to learn about churches from across the nation partnering with affordable housing initiatives:

Wesley Village (Garden Grove, CA)

The Church at Clarendon (Arlington, VA)

Portsmouth Union Church (Portland, OR)


DISCLAIMER:  LEAP Housing Solutions works with organizations from a variety of faith backgrounds and does not require any of its partners, clients or agents to subscribe to a particular set of religious or non-religious beliefs. While LEAP is not a faith-based organization, LEAP sometimes works with faith-based organizations who have particular programs, land, funding, desires or abilities that best enable LEAP to fulfill its mission.

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