• State Data Overview

    Across Idaho, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Joey Lindstrom

    202.662.1530 x222 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    There is currently no State Coalition Partner in this state. Learn the qualifications for becoming a State Coalition Partner.

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    There is not currently an NLIHC NHTF Point Person in Idaho. For more information regarding NHTF advocacy in Idaho, contact Joseph Lindstrom at 202-662-1530 ext. 222.

    State Designated Entity:

    James M. Gruber

    Manager, Grant Programs

    Idaho Housing and Finance Association


    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Jack Hawkins

    HOME Programs Manager


    [email protected]

    Jeri Kirkpatrick

    HOME Program Technical Assistance Officer


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    Idaho Housing and Finance Association

    NHTF-specific page

    Federal Housing Trust Fund

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Idaho (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Idaho (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Idaho and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Idaho and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:

    No information at this time.

    Idaho News 6 provides an overview of how the CDC’s eviction moratorium might affect Idaho tenants. While many advocates have lauded the federal order, the Idaho Apartment Association and local housing and homelessness providers continue calling for emergency rental assistance. 

    Before the federal eviction moratorium was announced, Idaho Legal Aid was bracing for a wave of evictions. The organization has been unable to meet the overwhelming demand for assistance in recent months. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Housing Preservation Program has also seen an increasing in financial assistance requests in the last several weeks. Learn more about the Housing Preservation Program here

    Updated on September 15, 2020

    Three weeks after the federal eviction moratorium expired on July 24, Idaho has seen a spike in eviction hearings. During the week of August 17, Idaho has 53 eviction hearings scheduled -- the most hearings scheduled since the state’s moratorium was lifted May 1.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.

    Hundreds of thousands of renters in the Idaho region are vulnerable to eviction.

    Updated on August 19, 2020.

    A letter to the editor in the Idaho Statesman urges Senators James Risch (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) to support $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and a national eviction moratorium in the next coronavirus relief package.

    Updated on August 4, 2020.

    An Ada County judge on July 20 ruled that Idaho tenants have the right to a jury trial in eviction proceedings. The ruling reversed a law that has been in place in Idaho since 1996. Idaho Legal Aid services have already received twice the requests for need compared to this time last year.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.

    Eligible renters can apply to Idaho’s $15 million rental assistance program, which will provide assistance for an initial three month period. While advocates have applauded the allocation, they are concerned that barriers still exist for tenants seeking to access the funds.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.

    On June 18, the Boise Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter, went from no positive cases of the coronavirus to nine. Another shelter, Interfaith Sanctuary, is seeing a similar trend.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    Boise State Public Radio aired an interview about local nonprofit organizations’ efforts to support people facing housing instability and those experiencing homelessness.

    Interfaith Sanctuary, a Boise homeless shelter, spearheaded a new program to house and care for people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are symptomatic. People who have tested positive can stay at Cottonwood Suites hotel, and those awaiting test results can stay at the Boise Rescue Mission.

    No information at this time.

    Article TitleLink

    Letters to the editor: Rental assistance, West Ada levy, reopening schools, McCall land

    Idaho Statesman
    Natalie Sandoval: Idaho must protect rentersThe Spokesman-Review
    Keeping Idahoans housed is imperative during this pandemicPost Register
    Guest opinion: Stable homes help maintain mental health during challenging timesIdaho Press

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.

     Eviction hearings are surging in Idaho, where data shows 53 hearings in various Idaho courts the first week of August, the most in one week since the start of May. Of those, 14 are in North Idaho counties, the highest number in that region since the beginning of June. There are more eviction hearings set in Idaho for this week (August 18) than there have been since May, with more than 50 on the docket.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.

    Hundreds of thousands of renters in the Idaho region are vulnerable to eviction.

    Updated: August 12

    Idaho never had a statewide eviction moratorium, but the State Supreme Court did close all courts to eviction hearings from March 13-May 1. A recent ruling by the 4th District Court affirming a tenant's right to a trial by jury in cases of eviction could potentially offer additional protections. The Courts had postponed all civil jury trials until Oct. 5, so some evictions could be delayed until then. The effectiveness of this protection may be limited for tenants without representation/knowledge of this ruling, which is most tenants. Non-jury evictions proceedings can be conducted remotely. 

    Updated: August 1

    In the third week of July, 23.5% of adults in Idaho reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 44,583 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Updated: July 29

    15% of households haven’t been able to pay rent during the pandemic and/or have little confidence they will be able to do so moving forward. Local advocates predict a "a lineup in the courts of folks being evicted" after federal aid expires at the end of July. 

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb