Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority
377 Cornell Street
Middleton, Canyon County, ID

208-585-9325 http://www.sicha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

Please note: The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority manages individual waiting lists for the Counties of Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington, ID; with the exception of the City of Boise, ID.


The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority (SICHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists for all counties are currently open. These waiting lists are open indefinitely.

Please read below for instructions on how to apply to each county:

Adams County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership office, located at 110 Mosher Ave, Council, ID 83612.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at the SICHA office, located at 377 Cornell Street, Middleton, ID 83644.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Boise County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership office, located at 110 Mosher Ave, Council, ID 83612.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at the Garden Valley Health Center, located at 980 Banks-Lowman Rd., Garden Valley, ID 83622. 
  4. Pick up a pre-application at the SICHA office, located at 377 Cornell Street, Middleton, ID 83644.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Canyon County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the SICHA office, located at 377 Cornell Street, Middleton, ID 83644.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Elmore County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at El-Ada, located at 585 N. 3rd E. St., Mountain Home, ID 83647.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Gem County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at El-Ada, located at 585 N. 3rd E. St., Mountain Home, ID 83647.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Owyhee County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at El-Ada, located at 15 W. Colorado Ave., Homedale, ID 83628.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at the Marsing Senior Center, located at 218 Main St., Marsing, ID 83639. 
  4. Pick up a pre-application at the SICHA office, located at 377 Cornell Street, Middleton, ID 83644.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Payette County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership office, located at 1531 So. Main St., Payette, ID 83661.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at the SICHA office, located at 377 Cornell Street, Middleton, ID 83644.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Valley County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership office, located at 110 W. Pine St., Cascade, ID 83611.
  3. Pick up a pre-application at the McCall Senior Center, located at 701 N. 1st St., McCall, ID 83638.
  4. Pick up a pre-application at H&W, located at 299 So. 3rd St., McCall, ID 83638.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Washington County:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English and Spanish.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership office, located at 35 West Court St., Weiser, ID 83672.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the SICHA office at the address above, or faxed to (208) 585-9326.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 11th, 2015.

The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority (SICHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families.


Please note: The SICHA does not offer a public housing program for senior/disabled individuals.

The SICHA offers two public housing communities with 42 units for families, ranging in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms.

To apply for public housing, follow this link to download the application, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 377 Cornell St., Middleton, ID 83644. 

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the SICHA website at http://www.sicha.org/, or calling 208-585-9325 between the hours of 9:30 am until 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 42 affordable rental units. It also administers 867 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (5%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (95%) to that of all housing authorities in Idaho, Southwestern Idaho Cooperative 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, Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 77 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Idaho is 86.06.

Southwestern Idaho Cooperative 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 Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/31/12 Plan
2011 5/31/12 Plan
2010 5/11/10 Plan
2009 6/15/09 Plan
2008 5/16/08 Plan
2007 6/14/07 Plan
2006 6/1/06 Plan
2005 6/1/05 Plan
2004 6/17/04 Plan
2003 7/3/03 Plan
2002 7/12/02 Plan
2000 8/4/00 Plan