Refugees: A Projection of Future Housing Developments in Boise

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Samia Islam


Despite the surge of newly developed apartment complexes, Boise is still inefficiently supplying and allocating affordable housing. These new housing facilities may not satisfy the shortage of affordable housing because of the lease length or the rent price. With a steady inflow of refugees, it is vital that Boise establish additional short-term transitional housing, as it is a significant point of concern for the International Rescue Committee.

To further comprehend this pressing issue, we will analyze the apartment complexes currently being developed within Boise’s city limits with a particular emphasis on potential growth over the next five years. This report will assess whether these developments will be a viable provider for refugee housing, and will also identify incentives that may spur the growth of affordable housing. Moreover, this evaluation may lead to a viable alternative for making short-term transitional housing directly available to IRC to use for incoming refugees.

Our assessment of these developments will consider a variety of factors: predicted rent price, transportation options, crime rates, apartment unit structure, apartment appliances/amenities, and locational factors (including vicinity to schools, employment opportunities, and retailers). We will compare our findings to the housing options currently being used by the International Rescue Committee.

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