OPEN SOON: Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Section 8 Voucher Waiting List will open on May 28, 2024 and close on June 27, 2024

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Analysis by Lorena Bentley

Last Updated: May, 14th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Boise City and Ada County, Idaho.

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications on a limited basis from May 28, 2024 until June 27, 2024. This is the first time the waiting list has opened since it closed in February, 2022.

Please note: According to the BCACHA, "Due to limited funding availability, the BCACHA will only be opening the waiting list to applicants that meet the following local preferences. 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
  • Must be low-income (50% or below Area Median Income); AND
  • Must qualify for the Idaho residency preference (a family qualifies if the family lives, works, or has been hired to work within the state of Idaho); 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

The maximum income limit for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person- $34,300 | 5 Person-$52,950
  • 2 Person- $39,200 | 6 Person-$56,850
  • 3 Person- $44,100 | 7 Person-$60,750
  • 4 Person- $49,000 | 8 Person-$64,700

The waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Idaho residents
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Families with children

2,500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

To apply while the waitlist is open, complete the online application.

Please note: "Paper applications will not be available. The BCACHA office (located at 1001 S Orchard Street, Boise, Idaho 83705) will have computers available if an applicant does not have computer access."

For more information, visit the BCACHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BCACHA public notice on May 14, 2024.

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Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Section 8 Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://idboiseadaco.tenmast.com/apply/.

Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

Boise City and Ada County, Idaho has preferences for: Elderly, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Disabled, Families with Children. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Boise City Housing Authority

Boise City and Ada County, Idaho Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Boise City Housing Authority.

Boise City Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 1,539 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Ada County, Idaho.

What should I do after applying to the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

This waiting list has at least one preference, so those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. After sorting preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list randomly. So, there could be a big difference between your wait time, depending on your spot on the waiting list.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open soon?

You must wait to apply for a waiting list that is open soon until it opens on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority will not accept applications until this waiting list opens.

For the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list sorted by random lottery?

A waiting list sorted by random lottery orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by a random number system. The time you apply does not factor into your waiting list placement.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Boise City Housing Authority.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Boise City Housing Authority?

At the start of 2024, Boise City Housing Authority was managing 1,406 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 1,237 households with a voucher. This represents 88% of the total voucher allotment for Boise City Housing Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 2,425 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Boise City Housing Authority, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 1,237 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 28 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 198 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 16 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Boise City Housing Authority.

Are there any Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 88% of its vouchers utilized by households with 12% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 169 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 1,406 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 households have children?

Of the 1,237 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Boise City Housing Authority, 422 have at least one child. There are 84 two-parent households in the Boise City Housing Authority voucher program, and 337 single-parent households. There were 352 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher holders is $17,756 The average annual income per person is $9,387 The average voucher holder earns 25% of the local Area Median Income.

Boise City Housing Authority voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 37 3%
$5,000 - $9,999 37 3%
$10,000 - $14,999 520 42%
$15,000 - $19,999 223 18%
$20,000+ 408 33%

What is the source of income for Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 281 (20%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 0 (0%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 1,040 (74%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $877 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $10,524. The program as a whole is paying landlords $1,084,849 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $13,018,188

How much does the average Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $442 per month or $5,304 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $546,754 per month, which is $6,561,048 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Boise City Housing Authority program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,319 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $108 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 homes?

Of the 1,406 households with a Section 8 voucher, 544 (44%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 470 (38%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 235 (19%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 21% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 households?

22% of Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 37 3%
Black Non-Hispanic 124 10%
Native American/Alaskan 25 2%
White Non-Hispanic 965 78%
Black Hispanic 0 0%
White Hispanic 74 6%
Other Hispanic 12 1%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Boise City Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 12 1%
25-50/td> 433 35%
51-61 309 25%
62-84 445 36%
85 or Older 25 2%