Boise & Garden City

Boise invites public to take part in focus groups on homelessness

Four meetings have been scheduled in May as part of an ongoing summit on homelessness in the Treasure Valley.

The public is invited the meetings, which are hosted by the city of Boise, city of Meridian, Ada County, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Boise City Ada County Housing Authority. To attend, people must RSVP and identify their top two choices for dates and locations by Monday.

The available meeting options are:

Participation in each meeting will be limited to 20 people to ensure a productive conversation, city spokesman Mike Journee said. City of Boise staffers will make presentations at each one about the state of homelessness in the Treasure Valley and what local governments, charities and businesses are doing to address the problem.

Input from people who participate will be folded into the larger homelessness summit. More than 40 local government, business and nonprofit leaders have taken part in two invitation-only meetings over the past two months. Those meetings, whose mission is to look at ways to reduce homelessness, are expected to continue through at least this year.

To RSVP for the public meetings, send an email to or call (208) 570-6844.