We believe every household should have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
We were founded in 2001 out of community members' commitment to listening to people's stories and filling the gaps. Our founders asked people who were living outside what could have been done to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place, and the answer was simple: all they needed was a little bit of help in their greatest time of need. Jesse Tree was founded as a result.
Over the past 20 years, we've worked with thousands of households in the midst of eviction,
providing them with just enough assistance to keep them housed.
FINANCIAL & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
When a household becomes homeless, it costs the family, the landlord and property management company, and the community thousands of dollars to remedy the situation. Did you know it can cost over $4,000 to rehouse a family? In one year, the Treasure Valley can spend $53,000 in services on a single homeless individual annually.
Jesse Tree has successfully provided prevention services to over 8,000 individuals and 3,000 households and continues to do so by saving the community over millions of dollars while preserving critical affordable housing.
IMPACT OF HOMELESSNESS
In addition to detrimental fiscal impacts, homelessness causes detrimental mental and physical issues which cannot be measured. Research has shown how traumatic and debilitating the experience can be.
Children are some of the most susceptible to the detrimental impacts of homelessness. On an annual basis, over half of all those who directly benefit from prevention services are children. This means children are free to focus on what matters, like their studies and play, not where they will stay at night. Jesse Tree continues to work to ensure children and their future can thrive and succeed.
Homelessness cannot be solved by a single organization. Community partnerships enable Jesse Tree serve more people. We partner with organizations such as Debt Reduction Services, Health and Welfare Navigators, El Ada, CATCH, St. Vincent's, Indigent Defense Fund, and others, complementing Jesse Tree’s community referral services.
As a member of the Continuum of Care, Jesse Tree works with service providers to address critical needs in the community. Through Book It Forward and the Idaho Diaper Bank, households with kids can get free books and the cost of childcare can be alleviated.
Additionally, Jesse Tree of Idaho partners with Boise Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System, Our Path Home, and Canyon County Coordinated Entry.
Through increased collaboration, we are able to help more people stay housed and reduce homelessness in our community.