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Public Housing

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.

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 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 and Shoreline Plaza programs?

Our waiting list for Public Housing is currently closed.

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. Eligible applicant families must have annual income under 80% of the area median income for Public Housing and under 50% of area median income for Shoreline Plaza, as outlined by HUD income limits. See our current income limits on our Resources page. Additionally, applicants must pass a background check and screening criteria.

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

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

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.

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.

All apartments include a stove and refrigerator and each building has on-site laundry facilities. 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.
If your income changes, you are required to contact your property manager to complete the required paperwork and file the changes with our office.

If your home needs a repair, contact the maintenance department right away. You may do so by emailing workorders@bcacha.org, calling 208-368-0765, or using the online maintenance request form. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality maintenance service.


Waiting List Statuses

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

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

Need Help?

Do you have a question or would you like to receive more information?

If you are already in one of our programs and need to contact your representative, click here.

Additional Resources

This website provides free rental housing information to help renters, landlords and property managers meet their housing needs throughout Idaho.


Boise City / Ada County Housing Authority Equal Opportunity Information

It is the policy of BCACHA to see that every individual, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability shall have equal opportunity in accessing affordable housing. If you or anyone in your family is a person with disabilities, and you require a specific accommodation in order to fully utilize our programs and services, please submit a request in writing or contact our office at 208-345-4907.