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HOW CAN I APPLY FOR SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE?

THE WAIT LIST FOR THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. THE BOISE CITY/ADA COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM AT THIS TIME. 

Effective April 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm. the wait list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program closed due to the large demand for rental assistance in the community, and a limited amount of funding.

When funding is available to issue new vouchers, those on the top of the wait list will be notified in writing by mail.  If you are currently on the wait list, you must report any changes to your mailing address in writing.

I NEED EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE. DO YOU OFFER EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE?

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority does not offer emergency rental assistance. If you need emergency housing assistance, please call the Idaho Care Line at 211.

HOW IS MY APPLICATION PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST?

Your application is placed on the waiting list as of the date and time your application is submitted to the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority and is date-stamped into our office.

WHAT KIND OF UNIT CAN I RENT?

You can rent virtually any kind of decent, safe, and sanitary dwelling unit. Units can include apartments, duplexes, single family homes and manufactured homes.

HOW MUCH WOULD I CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS RENT?

Section 8 participants generally contribute between 30% and 40% of their monthly adjusted gross income towards rent and utilities. The Housing Authority pays the balance directly to the owner.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES TO STAY ON THE WAITING LIST?

In order to stay on the waiting list you must keep your letter from the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority notifying you that you have been placed on the waiting list. This is your proof that your application has been placed on the waiting list.

You must also notify us in writing, within ten (10) days, if you move so we may update your mailing address on your application.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY NAME REACHES THE TOP OF THE WAITING LIST?

When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, you’ll be notified in writing and will be required to attend a Top of the List Meeting. Your Local Preference, if applicable, will be verified at this meeting along with your household composition and income.

In addition, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority will conduct a criminal background check on all adult household members age 18 or older.

The applicant household must have at least one family member who is a U.S. Citizen or has eligible immigration status.

I’VE GOT MY HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER AND HAVE LOCATED A UNIT TO RENT. THE OWNER HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM. WHO CAN THE OWNER CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

You will be given information about the Program at your Housing Choice Voucher Briefing that you should give to your owner. If he/she has additional questions, please have them contact the Housing Programs Manager at (208) 287-1051 or they can e-mail their questions to jpatterson@bcacha.org, or refer them to the Landlord benefits link on this web site.

ONCE I AM A PARTICIPANT ON THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM, WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?

The summary of the family obligations are listed below:

  • The family must supply any information determined necessary in the administration of the program.
  • The family must disclose and verify social security numbers for each household member over the age of six.
  • The information supplied by the family must be true and complete.
  • The family is responsible for any Housing Quality Standards (HQS) breach cause by the family.
  • The family must allow BC/ACHA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.
  • The family may not commit any serious or repeated lease violations, which may include damage to the unit caused by program participants or their guests (beyond normal wear and tear).
  • The family must notify BC/ACHA and the owner before the family moves out of the unit, or terminates the lease with notice to the owner.
  • The family must promptly give BC/ACHA a copy of any eviction notice.
  • The family must use the assisted unit for residence by the family. The unit must be the family’s only residence.
  • The composition of the assisted family residing in the unit must be approved by BC/ACHA and the landlord.
  • The family must promptly notify BC/ACHA if any family member no longer resides in the unit.
  • The family must not sublease or let the unit.
  • The family must promptly notify BC/ACHA of any extended absence from the unit.
  • The family must not own or have any interest in the unit.
  • The members of the family must not commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the program.
  • The members of the family may not engage in drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity or other criminal activity that threatens the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
  • An assisted family may not receive Section 8 tenant-based assistance while receiving any other housing subsidy.

It is the policy of BC/ACHA that all changes of family income and/or composition be reported, in writing, within ten (10) days of the change.

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Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
1276 W River St., Suite 300,  Boise Idaho  83702
Phone:  (208) 345-4907     Fax:  (208) 345-4909     TTY:  (208) 363-9734
E-Mail:  housing@bcacha.org

Content Last Updated 7/14/2014

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