1995 Concerned citizens who see the need for a homeless shelter in south-central Idaho establish Valley House Homeless Shelter.

2003 The shelter housed families in buildings from the Hunt Camp, an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II; the last ones are removed in 2003 to make way for cabin-style units. One Hunt Camp building remains on the property, housing dryers that sanitize incoming bedding and clothing.

2004 Sharon Breshears becomes the nonprofit’s fourth executive director.

2009 Twin Falls County commissioners approach Valley House about leasing 26 apartments on Martin Street from the county for transitional housing. Valley House leases four of the apartments for $50 a month to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for mental health clients.

2013 Residents of a property known as The Cottages are evicted because of poor living conditions, electrical problems and natural gas leaks. The 10 tiny rental homes are next to Valley House.

2015

Valley House purchases the condemned Cottages property on Rose Street, across from its Addison Avenue West shelter, and demolishes the tiny rental houses.

2017 Plans are in the works to renovate a three-bedroom house with peeling blue paint on Rose Street into a 12-bed home for single women. In 2018, Valley House plans to build two five-plexes next to the blue house for family transitional housing.

—Tetona Dunlap

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