Idaho Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

ERAP Treasury Programs:

The Housing Preservation Program was created to assist households with an inability to pay rent or utilities due to a COVID-19 related financial hardship. The current funding source for this program will only cover eligible costs incurred prior to December 31, 2021. This application may be completed by a renter or by a housing or service provider acting on behalf of a renter seeking assistance.

The City of Boise/Ada County announced a new emergency rental assistance program for residents impacted by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, can be used to pay past-due rent or utilities and future rent and utilities for up to three months. The combined $24.2 million is now available to help low-income renters who have fallen behind on their payments and could be at risk of eviction. These funds came from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which allocated funds to localities over 200,000 people for rental assistance. $12.7 million went to Ada County and $11.5 was distributed to the City of Boise, but both agencies opted to have the housing authority distribute the funds in one central place.

Idaho CARES+ Programs:

Idaho’s Housing Preservation program provides financial assistance to renters who cannot afford to pay their rent and are at risk of eviction due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 health crisis. Eligibility is restricted to legal U.S. citizens and households with an income at or below 80 percent of AMI.

  • Jesse Tree Eviction Prevention Program: City of Boise

Jesse Tree serves about 100 families per month with supportive services and rental assistance as needed to prevent eviction. Our case managers support tenants with life planning, budgeting, and landlord mediation. Jesse Tree also pays a portion of owed rent.

The City of Pocatello CARES Act Program provides financial assistance for up to three consecutive months of Rental or Mortgage Assistance, and up to three consecutive months of Utility costs.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.


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