Deanna Watson was hired as the Executive Director for the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority in February 1997. She started her housing career at the Idaho Housing and Finance Association where she gained experience administering federal homeless assistance contracts and managing the branch operations of Section 8 and Public Housing programs in 34 of Idaho’s 44 counties.
At BCACHA, Ms. Watson is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the agency that administers housing assistance programs for over 2,500 families in Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Kuna, Eagle, and Star. In addition has served on boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels. Past service includes the Boards of Boise Neighborhood Housing Services, Community House, the Boise State University Alumni Association, and the State Mental Health Planning Council. She served as President of the Idaho Chapter of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and in 2004 was appointed by HUD Headquarters to serve as one of fifteen housing authority Executive Director’s from across the nation to serve on a Federal Negotiated Rule-making Committee charged with rewriting key provisions of the Federal Regulations pertaining to public housing. Ms. Watson currently serves as a Governor’s Appointment to the State Independent Living Council as a National Member of the Housing Committee of NAHRO, and as a member of the Board of Corpus Christi House in Boise. Ms. Watson is a frequent speaker on topics of homelessness, affordable housing and is available to make presentations to community groups interested in the topics of housing policy and assistance programs, the impact of poverty, and the necessity of housing and hope for those in need. She can be contacted at email@example.com or 208-287-1054 to schedule a presentation.
For more than thirty-five years, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority has played a key role in providing housing options for low and moderate-income residents in Ada County. Through its rental and project based assistance programs Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority currently assists approximately 2,400 low-income households every month. Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority also administers an assisted homeownership program that to date has assisted over 70 families in securing the American dream of owning their own home. Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority’s mission is to enhance our community by providing safe and affordable housing and fostering self-sufficiency and stability for people in need.