About Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority

The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Middleton, Idaho.

The Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority serves the state of Idaho.

Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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.

Summary

  • What: Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Mail Application
    • In Person Application

Last Updated on 06/11/2015.

Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

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.

Last Updated on 08/31/2016.


About the Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority manages 836 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 749 48 11 28
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $483 $361 $478 $425
Monthly Cost $361,404 $17,325 $5,263 $11,894

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Southwestern Idaho Cooperative 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 6% having issued approximately 148 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,617 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% 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, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

47% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

30% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

13% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 48% with 3 or more bedrooms. 39% 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 Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $340 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $601. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $117.



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.