Welcome Housing

Welcome Housing provides a better beginning for newly arrived refugees through temporary housing, hospitality, and relationship building. LEAP owns and operates 3 Welcome Housing condos on Curtis Ave in the Boise Bench area to welcome Boise's newest residents.

Upon arrival to Boise, guests head straight for a Welcome House from the airport. Families stay for an average of 30 days in a furnished two bedroom, one and a half bath condo on the Boise bench. It’s a “soft landing in a strange new place.” Before Welcome Housing most arriving families stayed at a hotel for twice the expense. On average, Welcome Housing guests save $1,200. Cumulatively, our guests have avoided 1,900 nights staying in a hotel.

Thank you to the organizations who stand behind the mission of Welcome Housing:

Support Welcome Housing

Aside from a welcoming accommodation, our guests benefit by stretching their resettlement funds. This means they may have more time to find jobs and a suitable permanent housing arrangement because the rent at Welcome Housing is half the price of a hotel stay.

Your monthly sponsorship can help Welcome Housing provide lifelong benefits to newly arrived refugees who are our guests for life. Your gift increases capacity for us to educate our guests on tenant expectations and to save up for their security deposit for when they move into a long-term rental. 

Donations also cover necessary expenses for wear and tear that the units go through on a yearly basis. Your support is vital to keeping rents low for our new neighbors. Donate today.

Volunteer with Open Arms

Open Arms helps us to achieve our goal of providing opportunities to guests for relationship building in their new home right from the start. Our guests overwhelmingly say this is more valuable than the cost-savings they experience.

Support of Welcome Housing from the local community fosters a tangible connection between Boise and the social, financial, emotional and political burden of refugee resettlement. Relationship building is one of the most effective ways to ease the variety of struggles that individuals and families face as they navigate the refugee resettlement process.

Join us. Fill out this volunteer form, and get started as a volunteer with Open Arms today.

Outside Welcome Housing: a family spanning three generations.

Additional benefits of Welcome Housing:

  • Clean, cozy, furnished welcoming accommodation
  • Wifi and Roku television
  • Approximately $1,200 savings per family
  • Orientation to American housing/renting
  • Caring interpreters
  • Connection to additional resources (warm clothes, shoes, toys, books, English practice, etc.)
  • Connection to our Open Arms volunteers
3
Welcome Houses
368
guests served
$1,200
saved per family
$93,600
total savings

A look inside the Welcome Housing condos:

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Asmaa, Case Manager & Former Syrian Refugee Agency for New Americans

“Feeling welcome is so important because if you don’t feel welcome you feel fear, and fear is a barrier to integration. Welcome Housing gives a first impression. My clients know that this is an affordable service, and when they are provided with a home, and a greeting, and financial relief--this makes them feel acceptable in Boise. This allows them to take steps to integrate faster in Boise.”