More financial help for Idaho renters

A new round of funding means Idaho renters affected by COVID-19 can again receive short-term rent and utility support through Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Housing Preservation Program.

The program, which helps Idahoans experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic, is accepting applications again for people living outside of Ada County. Renters can go to to find out if they qualify and apply for assistance. Further information is available by calling 1-855-452-0801.

“Making sure people have a safe, stable place to live during this pandemic is critical to our economic recovery,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “This additional funding allows us to immediately assist Idaho renters who are experiencing financial hardship. We encourage renters and landlords to apply.”

The Housing Preservation Program is available only to renters. Applicants must owe past-due rent or utilities or be unable to pay upcoming rent or utilities because of COVID-19 circumstances. To be eligible, applicants can earn no more than 80% of the Area Median of Income, must be Idaho residents and must have at least one member of the household legally eligible to reside in the United States. Those receiving a federal housing subsidy are not eligible. Ada County residents should apply for assistance through the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities. Those who qualify can receive up to 15 months of assistance. Additional eligibility details are available here.

Any payments will be made directly to landlords or utility companies. Landlords can apply on behalf of their tenants.

When applying for the program, you should be prepared to provide:

  1. Basic information on each household member,
  2. An electronic copy of your state-issued ID,
  3. Proof of income,
  4. Your lease agreement, and
  5. Your utility bill (if past due or threatened with shut-off)

“The initial funding for the Housing Preservation Program helped thousands of Idahoans during this difficult time,” said Brady Ellis, vice president of Housing Support Programs at Idaho Housing. “We are grateful for these additional funds and are eager to assist renters immediately.”

The Housing Preservation Program was initially funded last April with a $250,000 investment by Idaho Housing and Finance. Later that summer, Gov. Brad Little and the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee allocated $15 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to the program. During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers agreed to allocate another $175 million in federal rental assistance to fund the program.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a unique, Idaho-based financial institution and provider of housing and economic development services. As an independent entity, it sustains its business operations through earned fees and revenues similar to any private financial institution.

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