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Affordable Housing In Boise
Ada County, Idaho

50 Low Income Apartment Communities In Boise

Hobbler Place

State St and Gary Lane
Boise, Idaho
Market Rate

Adare Manor Apartments

2403 West Fairview Avenue
Boise, Idaho

Barton Apartments

5306 W State St
Boise, Idaho
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Shoreline Plaza

675 S 13th St
Boise, Idaho
Subsidized

Mellodee Thornton Park

2301 W Canal St
Boise, Idaho

Park River Apartments

725 N Stilson Rd
Boise, Idaho

Stewart Avenue Apartments

970 N 29th St
Boise, Idaho

Magnolia Apartments

3410 W Magnolia St
Boise, Idaho

Housing Authorities that serve Boise

Housing Authority Programs
Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Ada County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Boise, Idaho

There are 50 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,901 affordable apartments for rent in Boise, Idaho.

Income Based Apartments in Boise, Idaho

Boise features 944 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Boise, Idaho

There are 1,957 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Boise.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Boise, Idaho

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Boise landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Boise.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Boise, Idaho for a two-bedroom apartment is between $902 and $1,102.

2021 Boise, Idaho Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Boise, Idaho Fair Market Rent $683 $801 $1,002 $1,420 $1,647
Boise, Idaho Payment Standard Range $615 to $751 $721 to $881 $902 to $1,102 $1,278 to $1,562 $1,482 to $1,812

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Boise, ID Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 50
Total Low Income Apartments 2,901
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 944
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.42%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.43
Median Household Income $50,323 ±$1,008
Median Rent $805 ±$15
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.33% ± 2.42pp
Total Population 214,196

Population and Household Demographics

Boise is a city in Ada County, Idaho with a population of 214,196. There are 86,916 households in the city with an average household size of 2.43 persons. 40.42% of households in Boise are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Boise

The median gross income for households in Boise is $50,323 a year, or $4,194 a month. The median rent for the city is $805 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Boise, a household making less than $2,683 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.33% of households who rent are overburdened in Boise.

Area Median Income In Boise

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Boise, the AMI is calculated from all households within Ada County.

In Boise, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $74,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Boise

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Boise

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Boise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,750 $18,000 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Boise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$26,200 $29,950 $33,700 $37,400 $40,400 $43,400 $46,400 $49,400
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Boise AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$41,900 $47,900 $53,900 $59,850 $64,650 $69,450 $74,250 $79,050