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Remember that affordable-housing complex with shipping containers? Now you can rent one

Bart Cochran on Leap Charities

Bart Cochran explains how Leap Charities attacks the housing crisis in Boise. One project will provide new homes for rent to low-income families.
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Bart Cochran explains how Leap Charities attacks the housing crisis in Boise. One project will provide new homes for rent to low-income families.

Need an affordable place to rent? Some new shipping-container houses in Boise might be for you.

A Boise nonprofit will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 22, for families interested in renting four affordable four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes made from the steel containers, which are made by a Boise company.

Leap Charities created the Windy Court development at 10000 W. Shields Ave. after Cay and Ron Marquart donated the land for the housing project north of State Street and east of Old Horseshoe Bend Road.

The Idaho Statesman wrote about the project back in January.

“They’re attractive, they’re high-quality, they’re energy-efficient and they really put a lot of thought into how to make them durable,” Bart Cochran, Leap’s executive director, told the Statesman then.

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This is what one of the Windy Court homes looked like back in January, before they were completed. John Sowell jsowell@idahostatesman.com

Each home will rent for $843 per month and includes electricity, water, sewer and trash. Each house includes a stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. Each has a covered parking space and one uncovered space.

Eligible applicants must have household incomes of 30 percent or less of the area median income. For Ada County, 30 percent is $14,800 for one person, $16,900 for a couple, $20,780 for three people, $25,100 for a family of four and $29,420 for a family of five.

Preference will be given to families with a member who is elderly or has a disability.

Applicants must complete an application, available online Monday at Leapcharities.org or from Leap’s office at 1220 S. Vista Ave. Applications must be submitted in person at the office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

They must also pay an application fee of $37 per adult by money order or check. Payments will only be cashed if the application is processed.

Those chosen to live in the homes must pay $1,000 security deposits within seven days of being notified of acceptance.

Four more homes will be built later on an adjacent property.

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Reporter John Sowell has worked for the Statesman since 2013. He covers business and growth issues. He grew up in Emmett and graduated from the University of Oregon.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.
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