Housing Authority Wins National Award
The Boise City/Ada County Authority
Boise, Idaho September 30, 2011:
The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority has been recognized with a national award for its work on the Allumbaugh House, an integrative crisis center that is a single point of access for indigent and low income persons in psychiatrically or medically compromised positions due to mental health or substance abuse crisis.
The agency is 2011 recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Merit Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the nation. The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority is being honored for its role in making this long needed facility a reality.
The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority was responsible for the design and construction of the facility and owns and manages the 26 bed, 9,200 square foot property. “The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority supports the belief that by helping those suffering from substance abuse and acute mental health issues, we can try to stabilize their lives and decrease the likelihood of homelessness” said Executive Director, Deanna Watson. “We are also providing the “housing” for those providing these critical services in our community by overseeing the construction, owning and operating the building.”
Since opening it’s doors in May 2010, Allumbaugh House has saved the community an estimated $9 million dollars by providing an alternative to costly emergency rooms stays with a holistic and cost-effective approach to providing behavioral health services that is unprecedented in Idaho. Over 1,400 people have utilized the services at Allumbaugh House in it’s first year of operation. Allumbaugh House provides short term medically monitored sobering, detoxification and sub-acute psychiatric stabilization services in a safe, caring, and therapeutic environment. As stated by a former Allumbaugh patient “Allumbaugh House saves lives and gives people hope.”
Allumbaugh House is a direct outgrowth of Mayor Bieter’s 2005 Regional Summit on Detoxification Services, which examined the need for substance abuse sobering and detox facilities in the Treasure Valley and led to creation of a 16-member Community Detox Steering Committee. The committee established a Working Group that spent more than three years assembling a valley-wide coalition of public and private entities, examining best practices from around the country, drafting operations and funding plans, and identifying financing opportunities. Through an unprecedented collaborative effort of Ada County, the City of Boise, the City of Meridian, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, the United Way of Treasure Valley and the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, this long needed facility became a reality.
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, established in 1933, is a membership organization of over 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO’s membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.