Join the Idaho Asset Building Network for the first Idaho Housing Advocacy Day at the Capitol!
Join the Idaho Asset Building Network for the first Idaho Housing Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Monday, January 24th! Housing advocates from across the state will gather together at Idaho’s State Capitol and virtually on Facebook Live to speak with lawmakers about how Idahoans are being impacted by rapidly increasing home prices and garner support for policies that ensure every Idahoan has access to a safe and affordable home. This event is open to anyone! REGISTER HERE
Date and time:
Mon, January 24, 2022. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM MST
Idaho State Capitol
|COVID-19 Mortgage Payment Assistance|
Are you struggling to pay your mortgage? Has COVID-19 financially impacted your household?
NeighborWorks® Boise is here to help. We know this pandemic has had devastating financial effects for many. Through partnerships with the City of Boise and the City of Meridian, you may qualify for up to 15 months of previous mortgage payments and six upcoming months. Our team can answer your questions and see if this program is a good fit for you.
To qualify for these COVID-19 related Mortgage Payment Assistance programs, you must:
- Live within the municipal boundaries of Boise or Meridian
- Be facing financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Be income-eligible (under 80% Area Median Income) based on the annual gross income of all persons in the household earning, who are over the age of 18 (regardless of whether they contribute towards the mortgage or not)
- Understand that if you have a City of Boise or NeighborWorks® mortgage, this assistance can not be used to pay those mortgages
- Understand that this is a one-time assistance
- Understand funding is only for single-family households with your primary residence
- Understand that any misrepresentation of information provided may result in the disqualification of assistance and you may be required to pay NeighborWorks®.
More information HERE
Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES program.
USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP BenefitsFirst Update in More Than 45 Years Reflects Current Cost Realities
The USDA recently announced a more than 25% increase to SNAP benefits. With the recently updated Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate SNAP benefits based on realistic costs of healthy diet, the new maximum benefit for a family of four will increase to $835 a month. This historic, permanent increase will take effect on October 1st. You can see the official announcement here – https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/usda-0179.21 – and the report with maximum benefit amounts based on household size.
How to apply
Gather your information:
- Proof of income (or lack of income),
- A copy of your lease agreement,
- A rent delinquency notice or your past-due utility bill,
- A signed copy of this eligibility form (en español),
- A signed copy of this release form,
- Basic information about each household member,
- An electronic copy of a government-issued ID,
Complete a simple application:
Important note: The Housing Preservation Program has a new portal for online applications. Applicants and landlords need to register and complete their portion of the application using the new portal. Some of the features of the new portal include the ability to attach documentation, revisit your application to provide additional documentation, check on your application status, and follow along with the progress of the application through the entire process. Additionally, a representative of the tenant’s choosing may complete and submit an application on the tenant’s behalf, but the tenant will need to provide the representative with the necessary information and documentation.
Help spread the word
- Access the HPP promotional toolkit
If tenants need rental assistance or support they can contact the following agencies:
- Our Path Home (Ada County residents who are experiencing a housing crisis): 208-336-4663(HOME)
- Idaho Housing & Finance Association (Idaho residents outside of Ada County affected by COVID): https://www.idahohousing.com/hpp/
- Boise City-Ada County Housing Authority (Ada County residents affected by COVID): https://erap.bcacha.org/
- Jesse Tree (Ada & Canyon County residents at risk of eviction): www.jessetreeidaho.org/apply or 208-383-9486
- CATCH (Canyon County residents who are homeless): 208-246-8830
- Information about emergency homeless shelters can be found here: https://www.idahohousing.com/homeless-resources/