The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority administers the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, also known as Section 8. With a voucher, you pay approximately 30% to 40% of your household income (in the first year), for rent and utilities. BC/ACHA pays the difference between your portion of the rent and the amount your landlord requests. Preferences are given to low-income families, the elderly and/or people with a disabling condition. Currently, this program provides housing assistance to over 2,000 families in Ada County.  There is usually a waiting list for this popular program and our waiting list is currently closed. We do not know when it will open again.

What are the main requirements in order to qualify for this program?

In order to receive housing assistance, you must be income-eligible. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establishes income limits annually, based on family size for the area in which the Housing Authority is located. Currently, 75% of eligible applicants must have income that does not exceed 30% of the median area income. The remaining 25% may have income limits up to 50% of the area median. See our current Income Limits on our Resources page at

How do you apply for this program?

Because there are more families who need rental assistance than there are funds available, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority uses a waiting list for this program. If you wish to receive assistance, you must submit an application online when the waiting list is open. Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority randomly selects applicants and assigns them a position on the waiting list.

The waiting list's status can be found below. We will provide notice through a variety of media outlets, including this website, notifying the public of the next time-frame for opening the waiting list.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the waiting list going to open?

The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program will be open for new pre-applications from January 10, 2022 through February 10, 2022.

What if my addresses changes?

If you are on the waiting list, it is your responsibility to maintain your application with current contact information, as well as family composition and income changes. You must report these changes, in writing, to our office.

You may use the online form, email your changes to, or mail your information to:

Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
Attn: Eligibility Department
1001 S Orchard Street
Boise ID 83705

Are there any preferences for the waiting list?

Yes. The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority has established the following preferences: Idaho residents, elderly, disabled, families with minor children, and participants exiting an Idaho transitional housing program for homeless persons.

How much financial assistance does my voucher provide?

BCACHA can help you figure out if the home you want to rent is affordable within the limits of the HCV program. As long as it is, when you have a Section 8 voucher, you pay generally between 30 and 40 percent (in the first year) of your household income for rent and utilities. BCACHA pays the difference between your portion of the rent and the amount your landlord requests.

Where am I on the waiting list?

Since a household’s position on the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher program is dependent on a number of factors we cannot predict, (for example, how many people give up their vouchers each month, and how much funding we have available), we cannot provide an accurate estimate of when a voucher will become available.  We last opened our waiting list in July 2019 and expect to go through that list within 2 to 2 1/2 years.


Change in income or assets

Use this form to report a change in income or assets while you are enrolled in the program.

Download PDF Form

Annual Recertification / Move Packet

Use this form for your annual recertification or to report a change in your household size

Annual Move Packet PDF

Waitlist Change of Address Form

Use this online form to update your mailing address while on the waitlist.

Waitlist Change of Address Form

Additional Resources

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