Kootenai County assistance programs.

Get information on non-profits, charities, and government programs that help people in Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County Idaho with rent expenses, housing needs, and that provide assistance for paying bills.

Food, groceries, pantries and soup kitchens

The following organizations and charities distribute food to the needy.

Cherished Ones is a charity organization that opens a soup kitchen for the needy, homeless, and low income every Saturday. In addition, the charity also provides lunches every weekday. They are located behind Labor Ready on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Dial (208) 704-0908.

Try the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Food Distribution Program. Phone number is (208) 686-6309. This agency serves households in need of help, lower income seniors, persons of disability, families, individuals and children in the local community. The assistance programs administers by the charity include the Second Harvest USDA food assistance, which helps the needy individuals and families in the area.

Post Falls Food Bank (phone (208) 773-0139) provides household products as well as emergency food to individuals. In total they help approximately 3200 to 4500 families per month in the Coeur d’Alene and the Post Falls area. They also provide other services and resources such as free coats for kids, school supplies (for over 1200 children), senior blankets, hair cuts, salvage program, information on how to get financial assistance for bills, referral program and holiday baskets and gifts.

Several additional food pantries and soup kitchens are in the region. They provide struggling families with various social services, however the main would be an emergency box of food or hot meal. Some may offer hygiene supplies or Meals on Wheels as well. Find a listing of Kootenai County food pantries.

Uninsured and low income health care programs

Patients can get extensive access to health care from Dirne Community Health Center. The center provides the low income, under and uninsured with access to high quality, low cost or free, comprehensive, integrated, and preventative health care to the underserved, low income, and working poor of the Kootenai community. Call (208) 292-0292 to learn more or make an appointment.





To learn about options, clinics, and programs that provide health care, contact Panhandle Health District / Helping Hands Medical Access Program at (208) 415-5100). The non-profit is a partnership that was formed with Panhandle Health District, local doctors, and health care providers to help low income families access medical care and clinics in the area. Click here to find additional health care clinics, or dial (208) 415-5100.

Social services

Family Promise of North Idaho offers numerous resources that help empowers homeless and near homeless families. The goal is to help people become self-sufficient by providing temporary shelter, eviction prevention aid, employment, housing and rent assistance, and individual/family counseling. (208) 777-4190

Limited financial assistance programs

Saint Vincent de Paul provides qualified individuals with information and access to numerous financial assistance programs that can help pay energy bills, rent, and other expenses. The non-profit offers assistance to low-income and homeless people in the community, and the programs that are geared toward empowering low income and working poor to become independent, productive members of the community. Dial (208) 664-3095.

The Kootenai County area is served by the Community Action Partnership (Lewiston), which can be reached at (208) 746-3351. This local community action agency provides people with free food, applications for utility and heating bill assistance programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization, and they offer other aid.

This may be the leading non-profit community action agency. Staff from the center partner with clients to help them overcome any challenges that they are facing, so addressing the root cause of the financial hardship is a true focus. Some of the other assistance administered from the partnership includes information on educational and job training, referrals to government benefits such as SNAP food stamps and TANF, and general budgeting classes. More on services from Community Action Partnership Lewiston.





Northern Idaho Volunteers of America provides basic needs, such as food and clothing, as well as works to address housing and homelessness in Kootenai County. While financial aid is limited, in some cases there may be money for partial rent or heating bills, or the charity will have referrals to government grants. However, the focus is on housing.

VOA also assists veterans, the disabled, single parents and seniors. So to this end, there are resources such as Healthcare for Homeless Veterans. Another key program is Hope House, which is transitional housing for single moms with children. All throughout this process, Volunteers of America will also offer education, budgeting, and job placement services. Click here.

St. Pius partners with other churches to provide assistance. Resources range from a Ecumenical Soup Kitchen to a pantry. Other financial help may be vouchers for medications, Funeral Dinners, school supplies, clothing, and general outreach. Click more St. Pius Kootenai County programs.

Assistance at the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe even Easter can be provided by volunteer based charity organizations. Whether a family living in poverty needs a toy or food basket, struggling families can apply for help for their children or elderly household member. Read Kootenai holiday programs.




Salvation Army of Coeur d Alene provides social services. They mostly focus on operating a thrift store, but there may also be vouchers for medications, rent, and more. Other assistance includes free holiday meals, Christmas help, and information on heating bill help from Project Share. Find more details.





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