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A Boise Homeless Shelter's Possible Move Raises Questions From Neighbors

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DAVID STAATS
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Idaho Statesman
Salvation Army closed its last Treasure Valley thrift store at 4308 W. State St. in 2019. Interfaith Sanctuary is looking to buy and renovate the property for a new shelter.

 

Interfaith Sanctuary — a nonprofit homeless shelter for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Boise — is looking to expand its programs with a new facility west of downtown.

Its current location opened in 2008 and can host 140 single men and women overnight. The proposed new facility would be able to host up to 250 people each night, and would allow the shelter to expand other services.

 

However, this possible move is raising questions and concerns from people who live and work near the proposed location a former Salvation Army food distribution center on West State Street. The possible move is getting so much attention the shelter’s Executive Director, Jodi Peterson Stigers, decided to cancel a neighborhood meeting that was set for Thursday.

 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.