Who we are
ARCH delivers all stages of the housing development process from site selection and acquisition through entitlements, construction and management of housing for our workforce. We utilize federal funding sources in order to build housing for lower income residents and private funds, including philanthropy to build housing for moderate income households.
To create a thriving, sustainable, year-round community in Blaine County.
To develop safe, permanently affordable housing for persons of low to moderate-income and to work with all interested public and private parties towards this objective.
Honesty, Integrity, Citizenship, Enhancement, Community, Affordability, Quality
To deliver high-quality affordable housing.
To balance effective use of resources with the delivery of attractive, long-lasting housing.
To integrate workforce housing compatible with surrounding neighborhoods.
Originally an advocacy group, ARCH was formed in 2005 by founder, past Board President, and current Advisory Board Member, Rebekah Helzel. The organization focused on educating policymakers, employers, and the public at large about the need for permanent housing affordability solutions and the resulting problems if affordable housing is unavailable.
In 2007 we amended our bylaws and IRS application to become a Community Land Trust (CLT) with a view to actively acquire land and homes to ensure ongoing affordability. We are a member of the National CLT Network.
Also since 2007 we have been certified as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) by the Idaho Housing Finance Association.
The Housing Challenge
From 2016 to 2020, the median sale of a single family home in Blaine County increased by:
Source: Windermere Sun Valley
Meanwhile, the median household income decreased by:
Source: HUD (Housing & Urban Development)
Since the general rule of thumb is that a household can afford 3x the annual household income when buying a home. That means it takes 9.52 Blaine County household incomes to purchase the median home.
Since 2009 ARCH has:
Over 130 units of affordable housing.
Over $675k in private donations with federal housing dollars.
Over $26 million in federal housing dollars.
The Project Pipeline
It's bigger than you think!
ARCH is constantly working towards bridging the housing affordability gap. At any given time, ARCH has developments in every stage of the pipeline. The entire process takes at least two years, but often up to five years.
Identify & Purchase Land
1 Month to Several Years
The development process begins with identifying and purchasing land.
3 to 6 Months
The land is entitled, which means it goes through the city approval process.
Housing Design Process
3 to 4 Months
ARCH designs the housing process. This includes architecture and engineering.
Building Permit Process
ARCH submits the designs to the county for a building permit
Materials begin to arrive and construction follows once a permit is acquired.
Family Moves In
The full process takes anywhere from two to five years after the initial purchase of land.