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Assistance programs in Bannock County.

Charities, churches, non-profits, and government offices across Bannock County all provide financial help or free items to low income families. Either grants or loans are used to help pay for bills, rent, utilities, medications, and other needs. There will also be free food passed out, medical care given by doctors as well as dental care, clothing, and household supplies. Find an agency below to call to apply for financial aid or case management.

There are a few places to call in Pocatello and Bannock County Idaho for help. They include Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) and the Salvation Army of Pocatello, as well as the other agencies noted below.

Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA)

This is the local, non-profit community action agency. They may be able to provide short term grants and financial aid, and at the same time direct people to resources so they can become self-sufficient over the long term.

Foreclosure prevention programs and mortgage default counseling - Talk to a housing counselor to get free foreclosure counseling. Get information on loss mitigation programs and services. And learn about different programs such as Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the government unemployment mortgage program.

Heating Assistance and Fuel Funds - Energy bill assistance and heating fuel funds are available. The options range from utility customer donations, government programs, corporate giving to funds generated from community/agency fundraisers. Fuel funds and heating bill help is distributed on a case-by-case basis to people in need.

Rent and mortgage payment assistance - Cash may be provided as funding allows for mortgage and rent payments.

Other services offered by the community action agency include, but are not limited to, emergency food, clothing, food commodities, energy bill assistance, clothing, limited financial assistance dependent upon funding sources, family development programs, special housing programs, and telephone assistance. Dial (208) 233-8122. Read more Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency.




Salvation Army of Pocatello

This is part of a nationwide network. The local branch provides financial assistance and social services by giving free food, clothing, housing, and emergency assistance. There may be funds for paying expenses such as heating/utility bills and rent. Also includes project share, which is an assistance program for heating bills.

The charity also serves seasonal items. That may include everything from free Easter baskets to Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas food or toys, and even sold weather shelters during the Bannock County winter months. Daily lunch program provides food and hot meals. Call (208) 232-5318, or read more on Salvation Army assistance programs in Bannock County.

Legal aid

Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program ((800) 221-3295) will assist eligible low-income persons with the following civil legal case-types: custody & visitation, foreclosures, divorce (limited), guardianship, adoption, or support with predatory lending. There are also lawyers, who will work for free, on debt defense or limited consumer issues, unemployment claims, assistance for non-profit organizations, and wills & probate (non-property matters only).

Mortgage and foreclosure programs

A couple organizations in Bannock County and Idaho include

Idaho Housing Hotline, which is a hotline for consumers, homeowners, service providers and advocates seeking housing solutions and mortgage solutions. (877) 428-8844





IHFA Housing Counseling ((800) 458-2791) provides homeowners and renters with counseling on all housing needs, including; rental information, foreclosure prevention, housing options, potential mortgagers mortgage and pre-purchase counseling, and homelessness prevention programs.


By Jon McNamara

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