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 Program?
Unfortunately, our waiting list for Public Housing is currently closed. When the list is open, you may apply by submitting an online application. Applications are then added to the waiting list based on time and date of their submission. Please check back for updates on waiting list openings or upcoming openings.
What are the requirements to apply for public housing?

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, 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.

How much can I expect my rent to be?

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, 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.

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. 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 the maintenance department right away. You may do so by emailing, 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. 

Multifamily (Shoreline Plaza): The waiting list is currently closed.

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Additional Resources

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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