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How can Boise State University engage with Ada County stakeholders to end homelessness?

To answer this question, the Blue Sky Institute at Boise State University partnered with the university’s Idaho Policy Institute to analyze the Ada County, Idaho, homelessness service provider network. Research included conducting a SWOT analysis, mapping the network, interviewing stakeholders and analyzing provider operations.

While this particular research project used Interfaith Sanctuary, a nonprofit homelessness service provider in Ada County, as the focal point, the project analyzed and addressed the entire homelessness service network in the county. This report demonstrates that the Ada County homelessness service network functions best when stakeholders collaborate to address the issue of homelessness. Ultimately, this report recommends Boise State University work to purposely build relationships within the homelessness service provider network in order to work collaboratively with the community’s efforts to address and end homelessness.


This report was prepared by Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University and commissioned by Boise State University’s Blue Sky Institute.