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Boise and Ada County rent assistance.

Families that are facing eviction or that need emergency rent help in Boise Idaho have several different programs available to them. They range from free legal aid to prevent homelessness to grants for paying a portion of back rent or a security deposit or even placement into transitional housing. The charity agencies, churches, or government organizations listed below do have limited funding when it comes but try to help as many people as possible with their housing or rent costs.

The leading organizations in the community are below. The application process is extensive. If one of the non-profits can't provide the applicant with rental assistance then referrals may be offered instead. As the locations have staff on site that have information on everything from shelter to short term housing or security deposit programs to help pay for a portion of an affordable apartments in Ada County. The bottom line is that each one of the agencies will try to assist in one way or another.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
3217 West Overland
Garden City, Idaho 83714
Telephone - (208) 331-2208
A helpline is available for Ada County residents. The church based group and its volunteers can help clients apply for rent help, medications, or funds for energy bills. Other services are offered as well in an effort to assist those that are struggling with their housing.

Community Action Partnership number 4
701 E. 44th #1
Garden City, ID 83714
(208) 377-0700

Self-Reliance Program
Address is 1720 Westgate Dr., Ste. A
Boise, ID 83704
Main phone (208) 334-6700
Cash assistance can be used for utilities, security deposits, rent, and other expenses. They partner with the CareLine in Ada County. They also offer housing solutions to the disabled from AABD - Aged, Blind, and Disabled.




City Light Home for Women and Children provides both shelter and transitional housing. This is only for women, such as single moms or domestic violence survivors. Call the Boise center at (208) 368-9901.

Community Action Partnership Association (CAPAI)
5400 W. Franklin Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83705
Main number is (208) 375-7382
This non-profit is a source of information on both government grants and other sources of funding for rental costs, such as a loan. Case management to break the cycle of homelessness is arranged too.

Salvation Army Centers in Boise
Location of the main office is 4308 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83703
Dial (208) 343-5429
CATCH is the name or a resource for homeless children or single moms if the child is under the age of 18. The charity can place them into short term housing which gives them time to save towards a first month rent payment as well as a utility or security deposit. Other social services are run by the Ada charity, including assistance for a portion of back rent to working poor residents. More on Salvation Army housing assistance Ada County.

Ada County Human Services
200 W. Front
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 287-7960
The indigent can apply for section 8 vouchers or emergency financial aid for rent, moving, and other bills. They also run a tax program.

Nampa Self-Reliance Program Nampa or DHW3
823 Park Center Way
Nampa, ID 83651
(866) 635-7515
They also process cash grants from TAFI  which can be used for expenses ranging from rent to housing or even phone bills for the home.







Housing placement or eviction assistance from CATCH and other charities assists with paying bills including rent, water, and lodging costs such as a motel. Low income Ada County tenants and the homeless can apply for deposit or rental assistance, including homeless prevention. Click more information on Ada County eviction help.

Several non-profits and lawyers offer free legal aid to tenants facing an eviction. They will meet with the low income family and sometimes the landlord as well in an effort to mediate a solution or agree to a payment plan on the rent that is owed. The advice, and even representation, can be free to low income families as well as senior citizens.

Ada County Legal Aid Services is based at 310 N 5th St. in Boise. The number is (208) 345-0106. Another option is the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, and that number is (208) 334-4510. Residents over the age of 60 that are struggling with a housing issue can dial Senior Care Advisor at the toll free number of (888) 376-7298.

Boise City as well as Ada County Housing Authority
1001 S Orchard St
Boise, Idaho 83705
Call (208) 345-4907
A few resources are offered. One is section 8 HUD vouchers and other is public housing. Both of them are federal government rental assistance programs for the low income, poor, and elderly. They also help with home buying, loans, and other housing needs.

Jesse Tree Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance
Address is 1121 Miller St.
Boise, ID 83702
For shelter or information on rent help, dial (208) 383-9486
Cash grants can help single moms, the underemployed, and struggling pay their rent, energy bills, and other needs. They focus on preventing homelessness.


By Jon McNamara

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