About Boise City Housing Authority

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

The Boise City Housing Authority serves Boise.

Boise City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Boise City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Last Updated on 06/14/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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.

Last Updated on 05/10/2016.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Boise City Housing Authority manages 1,244 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 968 16 9 14 149 88
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $474 $367 $625 $777 $431 $411
Monthly Cost $458,511 $5,879 $5,625 $10,876 $64,150 $36,170

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.