Ensuring that Idahoans can safely and affordably stay in their homes has been – and will continue to be – our priority.
With Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that lifted the eviction moratorium, it’s more important than ever to help Idaho renters who face the possibility of eviction or utility disruption because of financial hardships caused by the pandemic.
Idaho Housing and our partners throughout the state have been working diligently to get the necessary relief in the hands of Idahoans who need it.
Since April 2020, more than 25,500 Idahoans have benefited from $24.6 million in rent and utility relief through our Housing Preservation Program. Our partners at the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities have distributed more than $10.1 million in additional assistance. All told, almost $35 million has been allocated to help stabilize Idaho communities.
Though we have accomplished a great deal, we know that we have a lot of work ahead.
Idaho Housing has expanded our outreach to hundreds of landlords and other community partners to help raise awareness of the available assistance. We’re especially hopeful that our partnership with the Idaho court system will help connect those most at risk of eviction with assistance. Similarly, we will prioritize applications from Idahoans who are most at-risk of eviction. We also expect that additional staff and infrastructure upgrades will ensure that we keep up with the increased demand on the program.
We’re already seeing the results of our efforts. In August we expect to distribute more than $2.2 million in assistance, a 220% increase since February.
If you or a renter you know is having difficulty paying rent or utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please encourage them to visit idahohousing.com/hpp to apply. For Ada County residents, please visit https://erap.bcacha.org/