Jesse Tree was founded in 1999.  Our founders, Monsignor John Donoghue and JoAnne Vahey, strived to fill a gap in the community by preventing homelessness.  Since our founding, the Jesse Tree has grown into a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing homelessness. Through a partnership with the City of Boise and Boise State University School of Social Work, the organization's homeless prevention program was created.

Since our founding, Jesse Tree has provided rental assistance, emergency case management, and referral services to over 8,000 individuals and 3,000 households.  For many households, the assistance they receive allows them to return to economic self-sufficiency and financial stability, as well as avoid the life-long negative consequences eviction and homelessness can cause.

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The Jesse Tree provides a safety net for low to extremely low-income households living in Ada and Canyon County who are at risk of becoming homeless. We provide clients with timely financial assistance, case management, landlord mediation, and financial wellness planning. We also connect people to the resources and services that they need.

The Jesse Tree partners with Boise Continuum of Care, Our Path Home, and Canyon County Coordinated Entry. We are the homeless prevention hub for people in the Treasure Valley experiencing a housing crisis.


Preventing homelessness prevents our neighbors at risk of eviction due to a temporary, financial crisis from falling into homelessness and dealing with the life-long consequences that can result. By working  people in a time of crisis, we provide a social safety net and can help them create a better future for themselves and their families by paving a path for financial and housing stability. 

Prevention is also cost-effective, and saves our community, other non-profit providers, and the emergency response system thousands of dollars.

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Your contribution will help us keep a neighbor being evicted in their housing.

©2019 by The Jesse Tree of Idaho, 501(c)(3)
Jesse Tree prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

1121 W Miller St.
Boise, ID 83702

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