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Boise City Housing Authority

1276 W River Street, Suite 300
Boise, Ada County, Idaho
(208) 345-4907

Program Details

Boise City Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Boise, Idaho.

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

Boise City Housing Authority serves Ada County.

Boise City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

MAY
11th
Ada County, Idaho Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
  • When: April 16th, 2018 at 12:00 AM MDT-May 11th, 2018 at 06:00 PM MDT
  • Ways to Apply: Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Random Lottery
  • Reasonable Accommodation:  Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at (208) 287-1092.
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Persons with Disabilities. Families with Children. Persons In Transitional Housing.  Learn More About Preferences

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from April 16, 2018 at 12:00 am, until May 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm MT. 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.

To apply, complete the online application on the BC/ACHA website. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or one of the locations listed here.

Income limit information can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work or hired to work in the State of Idaho; transitional housing participant; elderly; disabled; families with children.

2,500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. The lottery drawing will be held on May 11, 2018, and a confirmation of numbers that have been selected will be published on the BC/ACHA website no later than June 8, 2018.

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


After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/16/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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.

Section 8 New Construction Waiting List: Closed

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BC/ACHA) is not accepting Section 8 New Construction waiting list applications at this time.

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

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

Last Updated on 04/04/2018.

Scattered Sites Waiting List: Closed

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 04/26/2018, it is not known if Boise City Housing Authority is accepting 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 1,232 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers9581391214892
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$471$422$698$963$434$406
Monthly Cost$450,776$5,491$6,280$11,552$64,196$37,340

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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