Boise City Housing Authority
1276 River Street, Suite 300
Boise, Ada County, ID

208-345-4907 http://www.bcacha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 27th, 2016.

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open on a limited basis for nearly three weeks in May 2016; and prior to that on a limited basis for two weeks in June 2015, and in April 2011.

Please note

  • According to the BC/ACHA, "Due to limited funding availability, the BCACHA will only be opening the waiting list to applicants that meet the following criteria. Applicants must meet all of the qualifications in order to be eligible for the lottery:
    • Head of Household must be over 18 years of age; AND
    • The household must be low-income (50% or below Area Median Income); AND
    • Must meet at least one of the following definitions:
      • Head of household, co-head or spouse are age 62 or older; or
      • Head of household, co-head or spouse is disabled; or
      • Families with children under the age of 18"
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available in English and Spanish.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Disabled, live in Ada County.

2,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the BC/ACHA website, or call the office at (208) 287-1092.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Boise City Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 10th, 2016.

Family Senior Other
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for elderly/disabled households.


The BC/ACHA offers two elderly/disabled Public Housing communities and five scattered-site properties located in or near downtown Boise, ID.

Please note: The family Public Housing waiting list is currently closed.

To apply to Capitol Plaza and Franklin Plaza, download and print the application online here.

To apply to Shoreline Plaza, pick up an application at the BC/ACHA office, located at 1276 W River St., Suite 300, Boise, Idaho 83702.

Please note: The BC/ACHA website provides a link to download the Shoreline Plaza application, but clicking the link brings you to an error page. The BC/ACHA is working to fix this issue, and we will update this page when it has been fixed.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to the BC/ACHA at 276 W River St., Suite 300, Boise, Idaho 83702, or faxed to (208) 345-4909.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the BC/ACHA website, or call the office at (208) 287-1092.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Boise City Housing Authority operates 160 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Boise City Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 2 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 60% studio apartments, 36% 1 bedroom apartments and 4% 2 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Boise City Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 159 out of a total 160 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.63%.

Family Type

Of the 115 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 32 (27.83%) were elderly, 83 (72.17%) were non-elderly, 111 (96.52%) were disabled, 0 (0%) contained children and 0 (0%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Boise City Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Boise City Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $302.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $160. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $152. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $305. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Boise City Housing Authority portfolio, 1% of households identified as Black, 96% identified as White, and 6% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Boise City Housing Authority properties, 108 were Extremely Low Income, 39 were Very Low Income, 9 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Boise City Housing Authority properties is $12,854. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 95% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Boise City Housing Authority public housing 11% have wage income, 31% have welfare income, 95% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 8% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 159 households containing 163 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 0% of households included children. Across all household members in Boise City Housing Authority public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 0% are aged 6 to 17.

46.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 53.4% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Boise City Housing Authority public housing communities. 25.16% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.95% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 62.89% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Boise City Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 160 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,257 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Boise City Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Boise City Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (11%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (89%) to that of all housing authorities in Idaho, Boise City Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Idaho.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Boise City Housing Authority scored an average of 100 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 93 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Idaho is 86.06.

Boise City Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Idaho housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Boise City Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 8/24/11 Plan
2010 8/26/10 Plan
2009 9/10/09 Plan
2008 7/31/08 Plan
2007 9/13/07 Plan
2006 8/7/06 Plan
2005 9/16/05 Plan
2004 9/3/04 Plan
2002 9/30/02 Plan
2000 10/12/00 Plan