Ada County assistance programs.

Find financial help in Boise Idaho from charities and non-profits. Learn how to apply for housing assistance (both rent and mortgage), receive free food from a pantry, or get a government grant for paying utility bills. Other resources, including job placement and free medical care, are also offered in Ada County.

Free medical and dental care and related services

If you do not have health or dental insurance, or can’t afford to pay for dental care, then the Smiles Mobile Dental Van Program may be able to help you. Local dentists, dental hygienist, and other medical professionals have partnered together to provide children with free, high-quality preventative dental care services. You can contact the Boise Idaho based agency at 208-392-8181.

A facility that provided free general medical care is Garden City Community Clinic. They provide free services to low income, as well as the uninsured and underinsured. Some of the health care services they offer include acute non-emergent illnesses, limited free prescription medications as available, and even referrals to specialists. Call the clinic at 208.384.5200.

Residents of Ada County and Boise who lack insurance, or who have limited incomes, have a few other free or low cost health care centers they can turn to. The locations are committed to caring for the least fortunate among us. Read more.




Free food

Contact the Idaho Foodbank if you need help finding where your next meal may come from. Receive free groceries and other foodstuffs. Call them at 208-336-9643.

Other food pantries in Ada County include Calvary Chapel Food Pantry, 123 Auto Dr, Boise, ID 83709, call (208) 321-7440 as well as Freedom Resource Center of Idaho can be reached at (208) 371-4168. Those are just a few of the locations that people can apply to for help or stop by at for a meal. There are dozens of other assistance programs, pantries, and even application sites for SNAP food stamps. Find more food pantries in Ada County.





Rental assistance programs in Ada County

One of the local non-profit charities to turn to for rent help is Jesse Tree. This is a United Way funded organization, and it aids people of Boise and Ada County. Dial (208) 383-9486. Note they do not offer security deposit assistance.

Help for paying bills and general aid

Catholic Charities of Idaho offers several programs to help families deal with a crisis or make it through a short term hardship. Some of the services include:

  • Case management - Meet with a professional counselor to explore your options. They can provide you with tips and methods to pay your bills, information on other charities and government programs, and other types of support.
  • Food - CCI also provides people with food. If you need food assistance, you may obtain the free food you require for the month.
  • Financial literacy - Counselors, including HUD approved housing and debt counselors, will work with people to help them address financial problems. Learn how to get foreclosure and debt help, and budgeting skills.

Contact Catholic Charities of Idaho at 208-345-6031, or read Idaho Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Another place to turn to is The Salvation Army Treasure Valley. They offer a so called Family Services assistance program. Among other things, it provides help for Energy Bill and Food Assistance, Rent and Mortgage Assistance, and Transportation and Christmas Assistance. Another program run by the Boise Salvation Army is Project Share. This is a Ada county, community service program that is administrated by The Salvation Army, and it will help families and individuals heat their homes and pay energy and heating bills.(208) 343-5429. Read more Boise Salvation Army assistance programs.

Ada County Government - Programs include financial assistance for cremation and in some cases for burial assistance, Indigent Services which is Emergency Rental, Medical, Prescription, and Utility Assistance. Property tax help and a reduction is offered from Circuit Breaker. (208) 287-7960




Boise St. Vincent De Paul Society - Offers services and assistance for the working poor. Programs offer financial, material, and community support. Members of the parish and volunteers work to assist the low income by taking calls from the Helpline, distributing food, by providing emergency financial assistance or referrals to this programs. Free Medicare Part D application assistance is offered too. 3217 West Overland Road, Boise, Idaho 83714, (208) 331-2208. Click here for more details.

Also contact the local community action agency, EL-ADA, Inc., at (208) 377-0700. This non-profit agency offers low to moderate income families and individuals a wide variety of assistance programs. Get access to funds to pay energy bills, free clothing and food, rent help, foreclosure counseling, and much more.

The community action agency can also offer emergency water bill assistance, funds for heating and energy bills, and more. Supportive Services us offered for military members and veterans families, including case management and rent help. The agency also offers the Weatherization Assistance Program, which can help people reduce their heating and cooling bills by offering free updates to their home. Educational Resource Assistance is offered for middle and high school student programs, class fee, and supplies. Vouchers also available employment related certifications and adults for parenting classes. These are just some examples of resources offered. 208-377-0700. Read more EL-ADA Community Action Partnership.

Programs for paying rent or short term housing are available in Ada County. There is often a process in place to combine any financial aid or grant with case management. The goal is to help qualified low income families, in particular those with children or a senior member of the home, pay a portion of any rent that is due and also address the cause of their crisis. Shelters and other aid is offered too, and find more on Boise and Ada rental assistance.

Agency for New Americans is a non-profit that can help refugees and immigrants. The location can help them apply and qualify for cash and rent assistance, job training, English classes and second language workshops, assist them with receiving job skills, and ongoing case management. The address is 1614 W Jefferson St, Boise, Idaho 83702. Call (208) 338-0033 for intake.

Housing and homeless prevention programs operate for renters and homeowners. Non-profits as well as government affiliated agencies can provide assistance including loans, counseling, emergency financial aid and much more.





The Ada County organizations try to both stop evictions/foreclosures and place people into new homes. Applicants come from all backgrounds, and many are seniors or even single parents. The solution may sometimes mean financial help for expenses (e.g. rent, water, or mortgage payments) to free legal advice or counseling. More Ada County homeless prevention.

Mustard Seed Ministries helps qualified low income people with utilities, free food, clothing, toys, furniture, bus tickets, some car repairs, and rental assistance. Other resources include a thrift store as well as free bread and other pantry items. 702 Main Ave N, Twin Falls, ID 83301, (208) 733-9515. Or find other programs from Mustard Seed Ministry.

Salvation Army Boise Family or Thrift Store operates in the region. A number of social services and goods are available. These include clothing, school supplies, furniture, emergency travel assistance, Christmas toys, and other gently used goods. They can also refer families to utility bill assistance from Project Share and/or the CATCH program - Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless. The store is at 4306 W. State St.. Call (208) 433-4435 for hours.

Ada County holiday programs - There are several options in the area. They range from Adopt a Family to Toys for Tots. Children from Boise and nearby parts of the county that are from low income households may be given a free toy. Other support for the entire family can be a meal, both at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. More on Ada County holiday assistance.

Community Action Partnership of Ada County helps the low income and disadvantaged. Self-sufficiency programs, job training, and educational development is available. Other assistance programs may include energy bill assistance, commodities and emergency food, clothing and general family development programs. A credit for United Water customers may be available as well for your water bills.

Other resources include rent assistance and homeless prevention/rapid rehousing. Services can both help prevent an eviction and to get the currently homeless in Ada back into affordable housing units. This will also include the possibility of funds for paying security deposits, credit counseling, and general financial literacy classes and workshops. The agency is located at 701 E. 44th #1, Garden City, Idaho 83714, main phone number is (208) 377-0700.

The Boise Section 8 Housing Voucher Program is available as well. This is a federal government subsidy that can help pay a portion of your rent, even in private housing or apartments. More information can be reached at (208) 345-4907.

Get aid for paying heating and energy bills

EL-ADA, Inc. is the local Ada based community action agency. They administer the federal government and Idaho Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program provides funding and cash grants to help low to moderate income households make home heating more affordable, it will help them avoid disconnection of utility services during the winter, and pays money towards their summer cooling bills. (208) 377-0700.



By Jon McNamara

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