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


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 July 20th, 2015.

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. This waiting list was last open for two weeks in June 2015

Prior to that date, the last time this waiting list was open was in April 2011. There were 5,500 families on the waiting list at that time, and there was a four to five year wait to receive a voucher. During this opening, the BCACHA aimed to put only 1,200 families on the waiting list

It appears that while the Boise City Housing Authority and Ada County Housing Authority are two separate entities, they worked together to issue these vouchers.

Please note: This was a limited opening, only available to families of which the head of household or spouse was 62 or older; the head of household or spouse was disabled; or families who had children under 18 years old.

To apply, pre-applications must have been submitted onlineThe form can be found on this web page. The form could be accessed 24 hours a day. No paper applications were  made available, and applications were not allowed to be handed in at the BCHA office. Similarly, applicants could not apply in person.

If an applicant needed help filling out the form because they are disabled or unfit to apply, they can could the BCACHA office at 208-287-1092, or send an e-mail to

Once the waiting list sign up closed, applicants were drawn by random lottery to be placed on the waiting list. The first 1,200 names drawn were placed on the waiting list. This means there was no advantage to filling out an application earlier than others. 

Only one application per household was allowed, and duplicate applicants may be disqualified.

For more information, view the BCACHA FAQ here, or call the BCACHA 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 June 11th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
Not ApplicableClosedNot Applicable

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

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 (, 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 (, 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