Understanding the basic eligibility requirements and documents needed in preparation for the application workflows, will ensure tenants and landlords are prepared before even beginning the application process. To be eligible, a household must:
- Be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and:
- Be a resident of Ada County, Idaho; and
- Have a household income that does NOT exceed 80% Area Median Income; and
- 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 theCOVID-19 outbreak; and
- One or more individuals within the household is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Household Income Qualifications
To be eligible for assistance, household annual gross income (before taxes and deductions) must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income. Use the table below for reference.
|1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% of median income (very, very low income)||$17,700||$20,200||$23,030||$27,750||$32,470||$37,190||$41,910||$46,630|
|50% of median (very low income)||$29,500||$33,700||$37,900||$42,100||$45,500||$48,850||$52,250||$55,600|
|80% of median (low income)||$47,150||$53,900||$60,650||$67,350||$72,750||$78,150||$83,550||$88,950|
- Program Application with all questions complete;
- Authorization for the Release of Information
- Rent and Utility Assistance: Utilities include separately-stated electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash, internet, and energy costs, such as fuel oil. Telecommunication services (telephone, cable) are not considered utilities.
- Current Lease agreement (all pages)
- Copy of an eviction notice or past due notice
- Landlord contact information
- Most recent utility bill (if requesting assistance with utilities)
- 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, 1099’s, profit and loss report from applicant’s accountant, or bank statements for the last two months
- Social Security Benefits: 2021 tax information or copy of a current award letter
- Child Support: Print out of payments received in last two months, verification from absent parent, or bank statements for the last two months
- Other Income: Documentation from the source stating the monthly amount received. For example, VA pension, annuities, disability income, workmen’s compensation, alimony, etc.)
Please note you may be asked to submit additional documentation.
Click here to access additional Applicant Portal Guidance
Important: Residents outside of Ada County must apply here.
Prioritization of Assistance: If the demand for assistance requires the program to establish a waiting list, households that qualify as very low income (less than 50% AMI) and/or households in which one or more member is unemployed and has been unemployed for 90 days will be given priority.
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.