Interfaith Sanctuary‘s Move to 4306 State St

“On April 25, 2022, Boise City Council voted 4-2, with City Council Members Luci Willits and Patrick Bageant opposing, to uphold Interfaith Sanctuary’s appeal and allow it to relocate to the former Salvation Army warehouse in the Veterans Park neighborhood. To make it happen, council members tacked on 30 conditions to the project related to safety, shelter operations and capped the number of beds at 205 throughout the entirety of the year.”  You can read the full article at Boise Dev:

Veterans Park Neighborhood Association (VPNA) filed a legal appeal to the approval of CUP21-00026.  To learn more about their efforts, or how you can support VPNA see Veterans Park Neighborhood Association

NEWS:  Idaho Youth Ranch to Temporarily Use Salvation Army Site on State Street

On July 18, 2022, Idaho Youth Ranch experienced a devastating fire at their warehouse and store on Irving Street, on the Bench. The Youth Ranch will be temporarily relocating their warehouse operations to the old Salvation Army building on State Street to process and sort donations they’ve received at their retail stores. They plan to operate only during normal business hours. They won’t be offering retail sales or accepting private donations at this location.  More at:




Interfaith Sanctuary appeal hearing begins Monday, April 18, 2022  The hearing will be at City Hall in Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers and streamed through the city’s YouTube channel.

Monday, April 18, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. − 9:00 p.m. : Staff presentations, appellant-applicant, and neighborhood association presentations (no public testimony will be heard)

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. − 4:00 p.m. : Public Testimony Begins

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. − 9:00 p.m. : Public Testimony Continues

Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. − 9:00 p.m. : Public Testimony and Deliberation (if testimony ends)

Monday, April 25, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. − 9:00 p.m. Public Testimony (if needed) and Deliberation

Interfaith Sanctuary (IFS) has re-started their CUP (Conditional Use Permit) process.

The application number is CUP21-00026.

The Planning and Zoning hearing is November 15, 2021.

The deadline for letters to Planning & Zoning was October 29, 2021.

The Collister Neighborhood Association submitted these comments to Boise Planning and Zoning Commission.

Conditional Use Permit Criteria:
  • The location is compatible with other generals uses in the neighborhood
  • The proposed use will not place an undue burden on transportation and other public facilities in the vicinity
  • The site is large enough to accommodate the proposed use and all yards, open spaces, pathways, walls, fences, parking, loading, landscaping, and such other features as are required by code
  • The proposed use, if it complies with all conditions imposed, will not adversely affect other property of the vicinity
  • The proposed use is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan
CUP Overview                                                  CUP Legal Code


Interfaith Sanctuary Community Meeting

Interfaith Sanctuary (IFS) has resubmitted its CUP (Conditional Use Permit) Application to City of Boise Planning and Zoning.  Prior to the Planning and Zoning hearing in November, they are holding an additional public meeting for the residents near the proposed shelter site.

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar at the link below:

If you have questions about the meeting or proposed development project, please contact Jodi Peterson, Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary (208) 345-5815.

Please note IFS will track attendance, but this is not a certified meeting as it is not required for the resubmission of the CUP application which has already been filed.

Shelter Better Task Force

July 6, 2021, Mayor McLean announced the Shelter Better Task Force community members. This task force is charged with reviewing the Interfaith Sanctuary needs analysis and ultimately identifying the right location for a new emergency shelter. Hillary Takahashi, the Collister Neighborhood Association President, serves on this task force as the representative for the Collister Neighborhood Association.

Task Force meetings are open to the community to watch on Zoom. Meeting dates, background information, meeting summaries and the Zoom link can be found here.


CNA Residents vote on Interfaith Sanctuary proposed move to State St.