Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority will reopen its waiting list for potential renters

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority will begin accepting pre-applications for those who want to be on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list.

The agency will accept applications from June 15 through June 29. Applicants must apply online.

Here’s how it will work: The housing authority will hold a drawing after June 29 to determine random placement on the waiting list. Only the first 1,200 names drawn will be put on the list. Since this is a lottery system, there is no advantage to submitting an application on the first day.

Other rules apply. Only one application per household will be accepted. Households that submit more than one application may be disqualified. Heads of household must be 18 or older and the household income must be 50 percent below the area median income. See all the requirements and more information on the website’s Frequently Asked Questions page or call 287-1092.

The waiting list closed in April, 2011. At that time, 5,500 families were on the list. There was a four- to five-year wait.

“Over the last four years, we have gone through those names on the list,” said Jillian Patterson, housing programs manager. Families either found housing, or moved out of the area, she said.

The agency is rebuilding its list, limiting it to 1,200 families in hope they will be able to find housing in a year.

“That’s our hope,” said Patterson.

While the agency will begin a new list, there is no additional funding available for local housing programs, nor additional rental properties.