ERAP Requirements

Important Notice

ERAP portal anticipated to close in June 2023

As the program begins to wind down, we encourage households who have not yet applied for emergency rental assistance or received it to do so as soon as possible. While funds are available, BCACHA will continue reviewing and processing both returning and new applications – prioritizing households who:

  • Have received court eviction notices (and these notices have been provided);
  • are at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI); or
  • Where one or more household members were unemployed for at least 90 days leading up to the date of application (and adequate documentation has been provided).

At this time, we anticipate the portal will close in June 2023, depending upon funding availability and volume of applications. Therefore, it is advised that households apply as soon as possible. Applicants with active applications should watch for communication from BCACHA in case additional information is needed to process their application. All remaining applicants will be notified once funding is fully committed that ERAP is unable to fund their requests.

Please note: Eligibility and documentation requirements have been updated. Please review the information below carefully.

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 during or due, directly or indirectly, to the coronavirus pandemic; 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 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of median income (very, very low income)$18,750$21,400$24,860 $30,000$35,150$40,280$45,420$50,560
50% of median (very low income)$31,200$35,650$40,100$44,550$48,150$51,700$55,250$58,850
80% of median (low income)$49,950$57,050$64,200$71,300$77,050$82,750$88,450$94,150

Documentation Checklist

  • 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: 2022 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: 2022 tax returns, 1099’s, profit and loss report from applicant’s accountant, or bank statements for the last two months
    • Social Security Benefits: 2022 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.