The Low Rent Public Housing program was established to provide decent, safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Public housing is limited to low-income individuals. The Housing Authority determines your eligibility based on 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. The Housing Authority uses income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income at 80% and very low-income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live.

In addition to the qualifications mentioned, you must pass the background check and screening criteria established by the Housing Authority. Applications for Capitol Plaza and Franklin Plaza are put on the waiting list by date and time of application.

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. The 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

How can I apply for the Public Housing Program?
The waiting list for Public Housing programs managed through Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities is currently closed.
What are the requirement to apply for public housing?

The Housing Authority provides subsidized housing for low-income persons who are elderly (62 years of age and older) or adults with disabilities.

Low-Income Limits:
Restrictions on household income cannot exceed limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as of 10/1/2017. These limits are defined in the schedule found on our "Resources" page;

Income Limits April 2022

Elderly: Applicants (head of household or spouse) must be 62 years of age or older.
Disabled: Applicants (head of household or spouse) must have a disability.

What would be my rent?

Rent is generally based on 30% of your monthly income. A security deposit is required at the time of leasing.

What is the approval process?

For applicants who meet the income criteria, a credit report, criminal history and three-year rental history (landlord references) will be obtained and verified, and your household income and assets will be verified to determine if your application will be accepted. Applicants who do not meet our selection criteria will not be approved for housing.

How long will I have to wait once I am on the waiting list?

The amount of waiting time you will be on the waiting list depends on; 1) date and time you applied for housing; 2) anticipated unit availability. Due to these variables, it is difficult to make estimates regarding individual wait times.

What if my information changes while I am on the waiting list?

If you are on the waiting list and you would like to update your information, please contact the BCACHA office at (208) 345-4907 or use the online address change form.

What sort of amenities do the apartments have?

All apartments include a stove and refrigerator. All buildings have key-fob access secured lobbies. We have 24-hour emergency maintenance staff to respond to emergency situations. A small pet (dog or cat) is also welcome. All apartment complexes are smoke-free. Smoking of any tobacco product and the use of any electronic nicotine delivery system is not permitted inside and 25 feet away from any public housing building.

What do I do if my income changes?

If your income changes, you should contact your property manager to complete the required paperwork and file the changes with our office.

Where do I go with a maintenance request?

If your home needs a repair, contact your property manager right away. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality maintenance service. Our service staff will respond as soon as possible. You can also use the online maintenance request form.

Waiting List Statuses

Public Housing (Capitol and Franklin Plazas): The waiting list is currently closed. 

Section 8 - New Construction (Shoreline Plaza): The waiting list is currently closed.

Public notice regarding the closing of the waiting list.

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Shoreline Plaza

Public Housing, Section 8 New Construction
Shoreline Plaza

Scattered Sites

Public Housing
Scattered Sites

Franklin Plaza

Public Housing
Franklin Plaza

Capitol Plaza

Public Housing
Capitol Plaza