Affordable Housing for People who Live & Work in our Valley

There are two affordable housing entities in the valley: Blaine County Housing Authority (BCHA) and ARCH Community Housing Trust. Both have purchase and rental options. At this time, ARCH homes for purchase are represented by Anna Mathieu, Realtor/Associate Broker. It is a good idea to get on both BCHA and ARCH waiting lists. Anna can help you with purchasing homes from either entity, but information here is focused on ARCH for purchase opportunities.


What does ARCH have available for Purchase? House For Sale

2022 – 2600 Woodside Blvd / Countryside Homes anticipated availability Sept 30, 2022. 

2023 – 1 home in Woodside, 1 in Gannett, 1 in Picabo, 1 in Carey.   These will all be for 80% of AMI through the IHFA HOME program.

And there are occasionally other resale opportunities, so it is a good idea to get on the list early.

There are other ARCH homes that may come up for resale from time to time.

BCHA may have properties to purchase: BCHA/Purchase.

How to qualify?

Homes are made available based on your income. ARCH uses multiple federal programs to finance  homes, each program targets a different income category. Sometimes there are two identical units financed with different programs and as a result, the allowable income and rent is different for identical units. Additionally allowable incomes are a function of household size. 

Maximum Allowable Annual Income:

As of June, 2022, the new HUD limits will be:

Household Size
Maximum allowable annual income 1 2 3 4 5
80%AMI $44,450 $50,800 $57,150 $63,4500 $68,550
100% AMI
120% AMI


You will be required to take the Finally Home Class online or in person.

Other restrictions apply.

A deed restriction (also called Covenant or Land Lease) will require that:

  • You must live in the home as a primary residence, it cannot be rented out or used as a second home
  • You will own the home and you will lease the land from ARCH
  • When you resell, your buyer must qualify for the same program requirements


How do I get on the ARCH Waiting List?

The date of your application establishes your priority.Waiting List

To be placed on the waiting list, you need to provide:

Please send to me via email.

Note: The prequalification letter for the 80% AMI purchase opportunities (i.e. Countryside) must state that you qualify for the IHFA HOME program.


Lenders with experience with IHFA/HOME: click here



Looking for an Affordable Rental?House For Rent

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For information on the ARCH and St. Luke’s rental housing: see the Mt Express