Boise City Housing Authority

1001 S. Orchard St.
Boise, Ada County, Idaho 83702
(208) 345-4907

Boise City Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Boise, Idaho that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 18th, 2019, Boise City Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 7th, 2019.

Boise City Housing Authority serves Ada County.

The Boise City Housing Authority and the Ada County Housing Authority operate together as the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Public Housing Closed
Section 8 New Construction Closed
Scattered Sites Closed

Open Boise City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

  1. Complete the online application at https://idboiseadaco.tenmast.com/apply/. 
  2. Submit your application between July 15th, 2019 at 12:00 AM MDT and September 7th, 2019 at 11:59 AM MDT
  3. Check if you qualify for the following preferences: Elderly;  Live, Work, or Attend School Locally;  Disabled;  Families with Children;  In Transitional Housing
  4. Check your status on the waiting list. Applications will be ordered by random lottery by order of preferences.

Waiting List Details

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from July 15, 2019 at 12:00 a.m., until September 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MT. It was last open for one month from April until May 2018. Before that, it was open on a limited basis for three weeks in May 2016, on a limited basis for two weeks in June 2015, and in April 2011.

To apply, complete the online application. The application is available in English and Spanish.

The waiting list has the following preferences: Idaho residents, elderly, disabled, families with children, exiting from a transitional housing program for homeless persons.

3,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. Lottery selection will be conducted after September 6, 2019.

For more information, read the BCACHA public notice, or visit the BCACHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (208) 345-4907.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/15/2019.

Other Boise City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time.

For more information, visit the BC/ACHA website, or call the office at (208) 345-4907.

Last Updated on 04/04/2018.

Closed: Section 8 New Construction Waiting List

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) Section 8 New Construction waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

For more information, visit the BC/ACHA website.

Last Updated on 07/01/2019.

Closed: Scattered Sites Waiting List

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) is not accepting Scattered Sites waiting list applications at this time.

For more information, visit the BC/ACHA website, or call the office at (208) 345-4907.

Last Updated on 04/04/2018.

About Boise City Housing Authority

More information about Boise City Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.bcacha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/18/2019, it is not known if Boise City Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Boise City Housing Authority manages 1,149 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 862 15 6 11 160 95
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $492 $487 $518 $1,178 $454 $450
Monthly Cost $423,875 $7,309 $3,107 $12,963 $72,693 $42,790

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Boise City Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 19% having issued approximately 65 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,260 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 23% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 72% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 12% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 64% of all households were headed by a female.

23% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Boise City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 35% include at least one person with a disability. 63% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 88% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Boise City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $353 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $583. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $108.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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