Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Boise City & Ada County Housing Authorities (BCACHA) is proud to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This program is designed to provide assistance to Ada County renters facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are currently renting and your household has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive emergency rent and/or utility assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, a household must:

  • Be an Ada County resident;
  • Have an obligation to pay rent on a residential dwelling;
  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Have a household income at or below 80 percent of area median income.

You may not receive rent or utility assistance from any other source (including federal, state, and local assistance). The maximum amount of assistance households can receive is dependent upon need and funding availability.

Eligible Expenses

  • Past due rent;
  • Current and future rent (up to 3 months at a time);
  • Utilities (water, sewer, trash, electricity, gas, and internet);
  • Security deposits (Starting October 1, 2022!)

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if funds are available.

Application Requirements

Before you submit an application, you must gather all of the required documents and have them ready to upload. If you submit an application without having all of the documents needed, it will delay the processing of your application. Allowable document file types are: pdf, jpg, jpeg, pnp, tiff, zip.

Landlord Information
  • Landlord/Owner name, email, phone number, and mailing address
  • Important! Make sure you have accurate information, including the email address. It may create issues linking your account to your landlord’s, and delay processing your application.
Unit Information
  • Current lease agreement, with signatures (all pages)
  • Copy of an eviction notice or past due notice, if applicable
  • Most recent utility bills (if requesting assistance with utilities)
Household Information
  • Income documentation (provide all applicable documentation):
    • Employment Income: 2021 tax returns, W2’s; OR last two months of pay stubs
    • Unemployment: Copy of benefit notice and print out of payments received for the last two months
    • Self-Employment: 2021 tax returns
    • Social Security Benefits: 2021 tax information or copy of a current award letter
    • Child Support: Print out of payments received in last two months or verification from absent parent
    • Other Income: Documentation from the source stating the monthly amount received. For example, VA pension, annuities, disability income, workmen’s compensation, alimony, etc.
Need help applying? Partner organizations are ready to assist you!
Jesse Tree 
Phone: 208-383-9486
Email: office@jessetreeidaho.org

Intermountain Fair Housing Council

Phone: 208-383-0695 OR 1-800-717-0695
Email: contact@ifhcidaho.org

*Important: Residents outside of Ada County must apply here.

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) 363-9710.