Area renters affected by COVID-19 can now apply online for assistance.

Due to the economic hardship that has come upon many due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho Housing created the housing preservation program in 2020.

The program provides short-term assistance to Idaho residents who are behind or expect to fall behind on rent and/or utility payments.

Landlords and property-management companies may also apply on a tenant’s behalf.

Depending on a household’s circumstances, the program can provide up to 15 months of assistance for renters who earn less than 80 percent of the area median income.

Applicants will need to submit documentation including proof of income and a lease or statement from their landlord along with their application for the program. Specific details on what documentation is acceptable are available by contacting Idaho Housing or visiting their website.

The program has distributed more than $36.8 million state-wide since its inception in June 2020 and is available through September 2022.

Ben Cushman, the Communications Coordinator for Idaho Housing and Finance Association, said he encourages anyone who has need to apply.

“If you think you have a reason you should apply,” he said.

Learn more about the program at or by calling 1-855-452-0801.

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