IHFA administers the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in 34 of the 44 counties in Idaho. This is accomplished through its four branch offices located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, and Twin Falls, plus the oversight and administrative office in Boise. As part of the HCV program, IHFA also administers the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher, the Mainstream Non-Elderly with Disabilities voucher, and other targeted programs.
To be eligible for the HCV program, participants must meet HUD income guidelines and the participant’s share of rent is approximately 30 percent of adjusted gross monthly household income. With HCV, participants are able to select their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, and manufactured homes, provided the housing meets program requirements.
Through its branch offices, IHFA administers approximately 3,708 Housing Choice Vouchers. However, the demand for rental assistance far exceeds the supply. Applicants are placed on waiting lists which varies from 12 months to over 2 years, depending on their current housing status and the area of the state and program funding levels.
Persons seeking rental assistance may apply online or print an application.
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- IHFA does not administer the program in Boise or the Treasure Valley area and does not accept applications at the Boise Administrative Office for this reason.
- Persons inquiring about the status of their application must contact the branch office where they applied.
Program Announcements & Notifications
New Program – Mainstream Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities
- Transitioning out of an institutional setting, or at risk of being placed in an institution (must be verified by qualified service provider or medical professional); or
- Homeless or at risk of homelessness (must be verified by a qualified service provider).
New Office Location in Idaho Falls
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Housing Choice Voucher (HVC) Rental Assistance?
How Does the HCV Program Work?
Once accepted to the HCV program, all household income, allowances and family composition are verified and recertified annually by IHFA staff. Participants under these programs pay approximately 30 percent of their adjusted gross monthly income for rent. As a participant’s income changes, the participant’s rent share changes proportionately.
With HCV, participants are able to choose their own housing, and may select a single-family home, townhouse, duplex, apartment, or manufactured home, provided the housing meets program requirements.
How Long is the HCV Waiting List?
The preference for which you qualify, the date of your application, and rental assistance availability all determine how quickly you will receive assistance. Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list, you will be contacted by your local IHFA branch office to complete eligibility determination and attend a participant briefing that explains the program.
Am I Eligible for HCV Rental Assistance?
You may not be considered eligible if you:
- Owe money to IHFA or any other housing authority;
- Have ever committed fraud while participating in a federal housing program;
- Have ever been evicted from public housing;
- Are or have a family member with a lifetime registration under a state sex offender program;
- Have committed drug-related or violent criminal acts; or
- Are determined to be ineligible due to other reasons as defined by HUD.
What are My Responsibilities as an HCV Participant?
- Pay your share of the rent.
- Pay your share of utilities (if any).
- Abide by the Lease and not damage the property.
- Notify the IHFA Branch Office and landlord if you wish to move to another unit prior to moving.
- Permit IHFA to conduct inspections to ensure the property is in good condition.
- Immediately report any changes in your household members and income.
- Supply all requested documentation in a timely manner.
Where Can I Live?
To be accepted, units must:
- Have adequate living space.
- Have adequate heating, electrical, water and sewer systems.
- Be free from any conditions that might endanger your health and safety.
- Pass the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection.
What are IHFA Preferences?
IHFA has established the following preferences:
- Shelter Plus Care participants who are no longer in need of Supportive Services;
- Federal Disaster Victims – Households who are victims of a Federally Declared Disaster and who have been certified as such by a Federal Agency (provided adequate budget authority/special funding is available);
- Terminal Illness – Households with a family member that can be classified by a medical professional, as being in the final stages of a terminal illness;
- Families/Disabled/Elderly Families with one (1) or more children (under the age of 18 or disabled) or elderly/disabled head or co-head of the household;
- Mainstream NED – Non-Elderly (18 year of age or older, but less than 62) disabled member who is homeless, at risk of homelessness, transitioning out of an institution, or is at-risk of being institutionalized (limited preference).
What are HUD Income Limits?
HUD Income Limits
Brochures and Newsletters
Housing Choice Voucher Publications for Participants
- Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance (Participant) – Spanish
- Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance (Participant) – English
Looking for Additional Rental Resources?
Visit www.housingidaho.com>>. This free search tool allows the user to enter specific search criteria to locate a unit that meets their individual needs. Many of the properties listed on this website receive direct subsidies and are able to offer reduced rents, or rents based on a percentage of household income.