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New Path Community Housing is a 40-unit, single site, Housing First project in Ada County, Idaho. New Path’s evidence-based program is designed to address specific issues related to chronic homelessness including high utilization of emergency medical and detox services, frequent contact with the criminal justice system, and compromised overall personal well-being. As program evaluator, Idaho Policy Institute oversees all evaluation activities and works closely with New Path partners to design data collection strategies, monitoring, and reporting for this program with the objectives to:

  1. Measure the program’s ability to meet stated goals and objectives, and
  2. Inform project partners’ decisions for program improvement.

This evaluation measures the impact of the Housing First model on New Path residents in four outcome categories: health, criminal justice, housing, and well-being. Key achievements in New Path’s first year include:

  • A 63% decrease in utilization of emergency services,
  • Total annual savings/cost avoidance of $1,381,386, and
  • An increase in overall resident well-being.


This report was prepared by Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University and commissioned by City of Boise.