Ada and Elmore County residents can call upon the EL-ADA Community Action Partnership for referrals, assistance, and support during their time of need. The non-profit organization is focused on helping clients gain stability and self-sufficiency. They partner with many other local non-profits and charities on this mission. Examples of their services are noted below.
A food bank is available for the low income and offers limited access, usually once every 2 months. The pantry may pass out boxes or bags or food that will contain enough for a few days’ worth of meals. Some seasonal programs, such as garden seeds, may also be available in the spring months.
Applications are also processed by the EL-ADA Community Action Partnership for USDA Commodities Distribution. These surplus government commodities and free food items are available usually once per month. The program operates from multiple distribution sites in Ada County as well as the greater Treasure Valley region. Telephone number is 377-0700.
An important function of the partnership is in offering Information, Referral and Service Coordination. The agency may have walk-in or over the telephone information available. Case managers provide details on low-income assistance services in the Treasure Valley Idaho area. They give advice on how to meet basic needs such as clothing, food, and shelter. In some cases, for those that qualify, written referrals, vouchers, applications for benefits and more is arranged. These are set up by appointments for basic and emergency needs.
Get help for obtaining a GED. There may be funds for the payment for GED preparation classes and associated testing through the College of Western Idaho. This service is available at the Boise Resource Center, Homedale, and Mountain Home offices.
Assistance for educational needs can include co-Payment assistance for high and middle school student program, supplies, and associated fees. Vouchers are also made available to adults for parenting classes and employment related certifications.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program can support those local households with paying their winter heating costs and addressing other energy efficiency matters.
Save Money from a Telephone Assistance Program. Application processing from EL-ADA Community Action Partnership is available for reduced basic telephone services and rates.
The federal government supported Weatherization Assistance Resource assists the elderly and income-eligible families and individuals. It works by reducing their heating/cooling costs and also be improving the overall safety of their homes. Contractors that are part of community action provide homeowners with energy efficiency measures.
An Outreach Van is also for the homeless in Ada County. The agency coordinates outreach to persons experiencing homelessness. Those found qualified can also be screened for deposit assistance from HUD, VA and other community housing programs.
Emergency Water Bill or Utility Assistance is rarely available. It is for United Water or Meridian Water customers. Applicants to EL-ADA need to have a disconnect notice. 345-2820.
SSVF, or Supportive Services for Veterans Families, is the name given to a number of services and programs for veterans. They may qualify, or their families, for case Management. SSVF is for veterans experiencing or facing future homelessness in Idaho. Assistance is for people facing eviction as well. Staff from the community action agency can help them attain and maintain permanent housing, apply for rent help and achieve stability goals. (208) 345-2820.
Department of Veterans Affairs Per Diem Program and Homeless Providers Grant may be available annually. The purpose of these government resources is to help house veterans in Idaho and ensure they have stability. It also comes with information on self-sufficiency, such as job training.
The Boise City Ada County Housing Authority can assist low and moderate income residents in Ada County. Aid is also for seniors and the disabled, regardless of income. Section 8 vouchers, public housing, and other options are available in the county.
Medical care is offered as part of TRHS, or Terry Reilly Health Services. The organization is a local, is a private not-for-profit organization. They use a sliding fee scale, but will provide some form of health care to all, regardless of their income or insurance state. Some patients may receive free services.
For more details or referrals, contact the El-Ada Community Action Partnership.
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