IHFA is a private, not-for-profit housing and finance association that administers several affordable housing programs and works with public and private partners to increase housing affordability for Idahoans. IHFA is not a state agency, nor does it receive any state funding.
Here we list rental housing, emergency shelter and transitional housing providers. It is organized by region and housing type (affordable, subsidized, emergency shelter and transitional housing), then by community. Information for each housing provider includes name, location, primary contact number and the number and type of units available. Apartments constructed after 1993 offer accessible features.
This information is subject to change and is based on voluntary responses to a property management survey. IHFA offers this listing as a courtesy to housing consumers; we neither endorse nor assume responsibility for any of the listed properties or service providers.
Types of Assisted Housing Available
There are four categories of assisted housing in this directory: Affordable, which offers fixed below-market rents; Subsidized, where sliding-scale rents are tied to tenant income; Emergency Shelter, for acute and immediate homelessness prevention; and Transitional Housing, to bridge the gap between homelessness and more stable housing.
How to apply for rental housing
Contact the site manager using the phone number provided. Most landlords require a credit check and a non-refundable application fee, so be prepared. Some apartment complexes are designed for seniors or elderly tenants, while others are open to all individuals and families. Verify availability, rental criteria and required fees before submitting an application to avoid unnecessary costs.
IHFA offers Section
8 vouchers in 34 of 44
/ IHFA’s Coeur d’Alene Branch Office—667-3380 / toll-free
Central / IHFA’s Lewiston Branch Office—743-0251 / toll-free
Central / IHFA’s Twin Falls Branch Office—734-8531 / toll-free
Note: Section 8-rental assistance is offered in the remaining 10 counties by separate local housing authorities:
Homeless Shelters and Related Services
Due in part to a economic factors, increasing housing cost gaps, high consumer debt and congressional priorities, homeless shelters and service providers are experiencing their highest demands for services in decades. Since 2000, waiting lists for housing assistance have gone from several months to several years.
Demand. On any given day, thousands of
Planning ahead. When possible, don’t wait until you or your family are actually on the street to contact a local shelter. At the first indication that your housing is threatened (unexpected loss of income, increase in expenses or other problem), contact the nearest provider(s) to find out how and where to apply for services.
resourceful. In some communities, local governments maintain lists of
community resources at the City Clerk’s office or
Patience and respect. Remember many shelters and service providers are staffed by volunteers doing their best to help dozens of people every day. They are frustrated by the lack of resources, too. Don’t forget to thank them.
Basic Tips for Renters
· Landlords or property managers want to know that you will respect the property and other tenants, and pay the agreed-upon rent on time. Credit checks and references are tools often used to indicate past performance in these areas.
· Be prepared to demonstrate that you will be able to meet the lease requirements and be a responsible tenant. Always be honest and up front with your landlord to avoid potential problems later on.
· Don’t be afraid to negotiate if you require a change to the standard lease, but keep the first two items in mind as you go. Specify any changes or agreements in writing, then follow through with commitments to the property owner or manager.
· Know your rights and responsibilities and read all leases carefully before signing. You may obtain a copy of “Tenant’s Rights” from your local Idaho Legal Aid Services branch office: Boise/208-345-0106; Caldwell/454-2591; Coeur d’Alene/667-9559; Idaho Falls/524-3660; Lewiston/743-1556; Pocatello/233-0079; and Twin Falls/734-7024.
· Fair Housing Law applies to housing sales, rental and financing. If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination based on a protected class (race, color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, familial status or disability), contact the Idaho Housing Hotline/1-877-438-4472, HUD Fair Housing/1-800-877-0246, or Intermountain Fair Housing Council/383-0695.
· If you have a qualifying disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, you may request a “reasonable accommodation” from your landlord. This may involve a structural modification (i.e. wheelchair ramp) or an exception to standard policy (such as a designated parking space or permission to keep an assistance animal). Landlords may require written verification from a health care provider as to the need for the specific accommodation(s) requested, but may not ask for details or the nature of the disability. An accommodation request may be denied if it poses an undue financial or administrative burden to the property owner. For more information, visit http://www.ihfa.org/research_fairhousing.asp For other resources please go to: www.housingidaho.org
Northern Panhadle (Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and
Sliding-scale project-based assistance
Rent generally based on income; no voucher required. Apply directly through site manager.
HOME/Tax Credit (Section 42) Apartments
Rents are fixed and deemed “affordable” to households
below Area Median Income (
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