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Salvation Army assistance programs in Boise and Ada County

Some short term financial aid may be provided by the Boise Salvation Army. There may be services such as rent help, free food from a pantry, Christmas toys, shelter, case management and other social services. However the agency is also focused on ensuring qualified low income individuals have access to ongoing case management and self-sufficiency. There is even free school supplies for students in the Ada County area, and the Salvation Army offers that assistance as well.

Emergency financial help from Boise Salvation Army

Families and individuals who need help paying energy bills and heating their homes can look into Project Share. This is a Salvation Army assistance program for low income families who are faced with a crisis. Clients who enroll can receive cash grants to help pay utility bills and address a financial challenge. The program is run in partnership with Idaho Power and Intermountain Natural Gas, and relies on donations and contributions. Funds from Project Share and grants can be used to buy firewood, propane or coal, repair heating sources, or to pay utility or heating bills. This, and other Boise Idaho Salvation Army programs, are available in regions and towns include Boise, Caldwell, Nampa, as well as Ada and Canyon County.

Baby Haven is for low income families who have a child under 24 months old or who are expecting a child. It is offered by the center in Caldwell. The Baby Haven assistance program is not about giving handouts to the needy but instead it is about improving and changing their lives by helping lower income and struggling parents set goals that promote healthy families and children.

Clients of the program will be supported with various resources, such as assistance for their infants and children like clothing, infant formula, and diapers. Baby Haven also coordinates workshops and seminars, and people will come in and teach on issues ranging from budgeting to nutritional health, and all services are offered in Spanish and English. Find other resources for newborns too, including free infant formula food.

Transitional and Emergency Housing Assistance in the Boise area will help individuals and families become self-supporting and obtain permanent housing. Emergency shelters in Boise and the local Idaho area will refer families and individuals to the housing program. Case managers will also help find people long term apartments, housing and provide basic furnishings.

As part of these housing programs, the Salvation Army pays the clients utility bills, rent and some other expenses for a pre-determined, defined period of time that will be agreed to by both parties. When the household is self-sufficient and ready to exit the program, or when time expires, the client will be required to take over paying their own rent, bills, and expenses.




The program also provides clients with weekly case management sessions and social services. The goal is to assist with finding and securing employment, goal setting, and classes such as budgeting. Additional workshops teach self-esteem building, budgeting, nutrition, and proper child care.

Family Services may be the leading so called emergency assistance program and solution. It has been providing help to families and individuals in Canyon and Ada County Idaho. Programs can assist the needy with their most basic needs in a time of crisis. When someone is faced with a sudden job loss, medical emergency, the termination of employment, or a death of a loved one, that is when the Salvation Army may be able to help. Receive support in transitioning to safety and stability.

Social services and emergency aid distributed includes food and items from a pantry. Financial assistance for paying utilities, rent, and heating bills. Household items such as clothing and furniture may be offered at thrift stores. Christmas and Holiday assistance may be provided, such as free gifts, toys and meals. Other programs provide shelter and Counseling/Case Management or referrals. Or find details on free food pantries in Idaho.

Salvation Army in Ada County case management type services

The non-profit Salvation Army also runs an outreach program for low-income, at-risk or homeless persons including women and men by offering them as well a host of services. They can receive hot lunches, laundry facilities, gently used clothing, transportation assistance, bread and other aid.

A local Ada County Family Shelter is located in Nampa Idaho. The center provides both emergency housing units and more short term transitional housing for women with children, single parents, and even intact families. The shelter serves low income families and individuals that are homeless with no or just low income.

Salvation Army clients can may remain in the shelter/emergency housing program up to 90 days and the transitional housing units for as long as two years. In addition to the housing, social workers and others will provide services such as education, comprehensive case management, transportation assistance, counseling, education on managing savings accounts, three meals per day, access to laundry facilities, personal necessities, and much more.





Locations of the Salvation Army in Ada County

Any emergency assistance, especially financial, depends on funding and donations. Qualifications need to be met by applicants as well. They also operate low cost thrift or Family stores that sell items to the needy and general public. The programs are run from the following Salvation Army centers.

  • Boise center is at 9492 W. Emerald Street, Boise, ID 83704. Call (208) 343-5420 or (208) 343-5429
  • Caldwell, 1023 Chicago Street, phone (208) 459-2011
  • Nampa, 403 12th Avenue S, main number (208) 467-6586


By Jon McNamara

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