Vision

A model community with progressive housing programs and partnerships that provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.

Through an array of programs and services, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority provides affordable housing-related assistance to over 2,600 individuals and families every month, serving people with low and moderate incomes throughout our city and county. We welcome you to our new website where we hope to answer your questions, providing you with a greater understanding of the scope and innovation of the programs we provide.

For over 50 years, our agency has been providing housing options to those who find affordable housing a challenge. If you are a senior on fixed income, a person with a disabling condition, or a family struggling with affordable rent options, we strive to help you free yourself from housing stressors so that you can be free to address other pressing needs, hopes and goals.

History

The Boise City Housing Authority was created in 1967. The original purpose of establishing the housing authority was to provide “low-income housing for the aged.” The first properties developed by the Boise City Housing Authority were two sets of high rise apartment complexes built in 1970 through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Low Rent Public Housing Program. Boise City Housing Authority still owns and manages these properties, now designated to serve people who are 62 years or older and people who have a disabling condition.

In 1976, the Ada County Housing Authority was created. Though these two organizations are legally separate, we operate through a Joint Powers agreement with a single staff overseen by a Board of Commissioners appointed and confirmed by the Mayor and City Council of Boise and the Ada County Commissioners. In Ada County, we are responsible for delivering a number of federally funded programs, as well as housing authority bond financed affordable housing developments for Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Star, Meridian, and Kuna. The service area holds a population of over 440,000 people and covers over 1052 square miles.

Services

Our two main programs are administering federal resources in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and Low Rent Public Housing Program. Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority is committed to providing equal opportunity housing free from discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, religion, familial status, disability, and age.

Housing Choice Vouchers

Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority administers federally funded programs to provide monthly rental assistance to qualified tenants in privately owned rental housing. The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides qualified participants with a housing voucher that can be used in a variety of rental dwellings and locations with almost any property owner who is willing to participate in the program. There is a waitlist for this program and the list is currently closed. Learn more

Low Rent Public Housing

If you are having trouble paying your rent and would like to live in a place that is safe, decent and affordable, a place that offers help with coordinating local services and a sense of community, Boise City / Ada County Housing Authority may be able to help. This program provides housing in apartments and duplexes for qualified low-income families, including seniors and those with a disabling condition. The public housing program is federally subsidized and is targeted to provide suitable living environments free from discrimination. Learn more

Market Rate Housing

Boise City /Ada County Housing Authority owns and maintains an inventory of market rate rental housing options. Properties are scattered throughout Boise with easy access to schools, shopping, and the bus line. Section 8 Vouchers are accepted in all properties. Learn more

Supportive Housing Programs

Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority also provides assistance through these innovative programs: CHOIS (Coordinated Housing Options & Individualized Services), Shelter Plus Care,  HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing), HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons living With AIDS/HIV),  VAWA (rental assistance through the Office on Violence Against Women). And the Housing Authority owns and maintains Allumbaugh House, the region’s no-cost sub-acute mental health and detoxification center with services provided through Terry Reilly Health Services. Learn more

 
Project Based Vouchers

Boise City Housing Authority has recently entered into an agreement to provide 40 Project Based Vouchers for residents of a new permanent supportive housing project, New Path Community Housing, to be built in 2017-2018. These vouchers will help sustain the area’s first “Housing First” project, providing housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable in our community.  The Housing Authority will cover most of the rent and utilities for the community once it becomes occupied. Learn more

Home Ownership and Family Self-Sufficiency Programs

The FSS program enables families who are participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program to link with local career counselors, training and educational programs, and job search and retention services to become self-sufficient within five years. Additionally, a variety of programs administered through the Housing Authority has enabled families to attain home ownership.

Mission Statement

To enhance our community by providing safe and affordable housing and fostering self-sufficiency and stability for people in need.