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Assistance programs Boise and Ada County.

Find free stuff and financial help in the Boise ID area from charities, churches and government agencies. 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. Get financial assistance near you in Ada County as well as Boise.

The financial help, including emergency hardship grants, are focused on low-income families, single moms, the disabled and seniors. There is always a need for prevention of utilities or electricity shutting off in Ada County during the winter. Or clients may seek free school backpacks or supplies for kids, vouchers to pay for a tank of gasoline for work, or Christmas toys. All of these programs, including places for free furniture vouchers, and more are noted below.

Financial help for paying bills, housing and general aid in Boise Idaho area

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, as well as other types of support.
  • Financial help - From time to time,. referrals are direct financial aid may be given by the Boise Catholic Charities. It can be for rent (homeless prevention), utilities, and other basic needs. More on programs that help with prevention of utilities shutting off.
  • Food - CCI also provides people with nutrition. 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 or acquire budgeting skills.
  • Support for single mothers, immigrants and the vulnerable - Catholic Charities will help women in Ada County who are faced with DV, they assist migrants and immigrants with immigration needs, provide free meals to the homeless and other resources.

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 Boise, Ada County - Treasure Valley. They offer a so called Family Services assistance program. Among other things, it provides help for paying an Energy Bill or light deposit. There are also groceries, a pantry, as well as Free Food Assistance. There are also limited funds for Rent and Mortgage Help, and Transportation (gas cards for work) and free Christmas meals or toys from Angel Tree. There are also back to school supplies or clothes, a homeless shelter, and job programs.




  • 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. Salvation Army has emergency funds to pay energy and heating bills.
  • There are other social service programs from the faith based charity in Ada County. The 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 9492 West Emerald Street, Boise, Idaho 83704. Call (208) 343-5420 for hours. Read more Boise Salvation Army assistance programs.

Ada County Government Indigent Services - Programs include financial assistance for cremation and in some cases for burial assistance. This is part of Indigent Services. The government may also have grants for Emergency Rental, Medical, Prescription, and Utility Assistance. Property tax help and a reduction is offered from Circuit Breaker. Call (208) 287-7960. The location is  252 E Front St, Boise, ID 83702.

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. The address is 3217 West Overland Road, Boise, Idaho 83714, phone (208) 331-2208 or (208) 333-1460. Click here for more details on the Ada County St. Vincent de Paul.

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, job placement and much more.

  • The community action agency can also offer emergency financial assistance. This includes, but is not limited too, water bill assistance, charitable funds for heating and energy bills, and more. Supportive Services us offered for military members and veterans families, including case management along with 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.
  • Community Action Partnership of Ada County helps the low income and disadvantaged with long term financial stability. Self-sufficiency programs, job training, and educational development is available.
  • 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.
  • Get LIHEAP financial aid for paying heating and energy bills from EL-ADA, Inc. This 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.
  • Educational Resource Assistance is offered for middle and high school student programs, class fee, and school supplies. Vouchers also available employment related certifications and adults for parenting classes. Another goal is to give the work supplies or clothes that people need, and find details on free clothes from clothing closets.





Each clients will have to apply and go thorough a counseling session to determine exact needs. These are just some examples of resources offered. Call 208-377-0700. Or read more EL-ADA Community Action Partnership.

Jesse Tree has two programs in Ada and Canyon county. They will be for qualified low-income families, tenants, and the working poor. A major focus is on housing. There is emergency rental assistance for Ada County residents that have been served with an eviction notice and assistance with eviction court in Ada County. The non-profit can be reached at 208-383-9486.

include grants for rent or electric bill to keep the power on. The address is 1121 W Miller St, Boise, ID 83702. 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.

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. The non-profit will also 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.

Boise Idaho Department of Health and Welfare helps people with government benefits. There is a food stamp application department for SNAP, or the low-income can apply for Medicaid. TANF cash assistance, unemployment benefits in Ada County, and grant money for the disabled is offered. A number of other programs help people with a low-income, as well as kids and senior citizens. The address is 1720 N Westgate Dr, Boise, ID 83704. Cal (208) 334-6700

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 information on Ada County homeless prevention.

Ada County also has a number of homeless shelters and transitional housing programs. They help (1) the homeless; (2) veterans; (3) disabled; (4) those fleeing violence; and others. Charities across Boise and the county run this short term housing solutions. Find transitional housing and homeless shelters in Ada County.





Mustard Seed Ministries helps qualified low income people with utilities, free food, clothing, toys, as well as furniture, such as a couch. There are also vouchers for bus tickets, some car repairs, and rental assistance. Other resources include a thrift store as well as free bread and other pantry items. Location is 702 Main Ave N, Twin Falls, ID 8330. Call (208) 733-9515. Or find other programs from Mustard Seed Ministry.

Medical equipment, hygiene supplies and food is from Hand of Hope NW in Nampa. The non-profit collects items from the community, including Ada County. There may be shampoo, detergent, clothes, scrubs, crutches, wheelchairs, CPAP machines, blood pressure equipment and more. Free food, groceries, and winter coats may be offered too. Find more information on free items from Hands of Hope.

Ada County free 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.

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. There are also no wait list homes for veterans and the elderly too. More information can be reached at (208) 345-4907.

During the winter time more federal government grants flow to the Ada County area. The goal is to prevent shut off of heating during the winter months or to pay for emergency furnace repairs. There is LIHEAP grants, utility disconnection laws (government regulated) and more. Learn about a major focus of funds, which is crisis LIHEAP grants for heating bills.

Free medical or dental care and related health 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, hygienist, and other medical professionals have partnered together to provide children with free, high-quality preventative dental care services. There are extractions, free or low cost dentures, teeth cleanings and other care in Ada County. 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, eye exams, and even referrals to specialists. Call the clinic at 208.384.5200. Or learn about other options, even including where to get free discount prescription cards from.

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 on free community clinics in Boise.







Free food in Ada County

Contact the Idaho Foodbank if you need help finding where your next meal may come from. Receive free groceries, information on local soup kitchens in the Boise area, boxes of food or surplus USDA commodities and other assistance. 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 Society of St. Vincent of Idaho can be reached at (208) 333-1460. 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 free food pantries in Ada County.


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