Affordable Housing In Boise
Ada County, Idaho

45 Low Income Apartment Communities In Boise

Mellodee Thornton Park

2301 W Canal St
Boise, ID
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Park River Apartments

725 N Stilson Rd
Boise, ID
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Stewart Avenue Apartments

970 N 29th St
Boise, ID
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Magnolia Apartments

3410 W Magnolia St
Boise, ID
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Hillcreek Apartments ( Good St Apartments )

2463 N 15th St
Boise, ID
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Northwest Pointe Apartments ( Five Mile )

3475 N Five Mile Rd
Boise, ID
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Idanha Apartments

928 W Main St
Boise, ID
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Ustick Village Apartments

10887 Ustick Rd
Boise, ID
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Brentwood Manor Apartments ( Apple St )

3137 S Apple St
Boise, ID
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Cassia Court

5503 W Cassia St
Boise, ID
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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

Other Housing Authorities located in Boise

Housing Authority Programs
Idaho Housing And Finance Association Public Housing
Idaho Housing And Finance Association Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Boise, Idaho

According to federal housing data and research, there are 45 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,880 affordable apartments for rent in Boise, Idaho. Boise features 944 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,936 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Boise.

Boise, ID Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 45
Total Low Income Apartments 2,880
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.1

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 $73,600

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 Boise HUD Rental Assistance in Boise

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,500 $17,700 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $25,800 $29,450 $33,150 $36,800 $39,750 $42,700 $45,650 $48,600
80% of Median $41,250 $47,150 $53,050 $58,900 $63,650 $68,350 $73,050 $77,750
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Boise

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1990 to 2012, 23 low income apartment communities containing 1,587 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Boise by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Boise

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $25,800 $29,450 $33,150 $36,800 $39,750 $42,700 $45,650 $48,600
60% of Median $30,960 $35,340 $39,780 $44,160 $47,700 $51,240 $54,780 $58,320

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Boise is $39,780 a year, or $3,315 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,315 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $995 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $645 $691 $829 $957 $1,068 $1,178
60% $774 $829 $995 $1,148 $1,281 $1,414
Fair Market Rents in Boise

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$613 $748 $941 $1,346 $1,548