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Bonner, Clearwater, Boundary, Idaho and Nez Perce County assistance program.

Whether you need referrals, emergency financial assistance, food, or health care, several agencies and organizations can help the needy and low income in the region. While the demand for services is high, they will do their best to fulfill all requests for help or refer individuals to who may have funds.

General financial assistance for bills, housing, and food

Most of the counties in the region, including Clearwater and Bonner, are served by the Community Action Partnership. There operate from several offices as indicated below. The programs are services administered include the following.

The community action office serves as the local Agency on Aging. The centers will help ensure that senior citizens, older Americans and their families receive the information and assistance they need to make informed decisions and access resources. Programs that focus on the elderly include Benefits Counseling, Adult Protection, Information and Assistance, Case Management, Medicare Information, Family Caregiver Support Programs, Oral Health Services, and employment programs. Click here for more on senior programs.

Housing Counseling Program can provide information on rent, housing, and foreclosure assistance. Clients of the community action agency may be seeking help with purchasing a home, free foreclosure prevention, renting, reverse mortgages, eviction prevention, refinancing, or home repairs.

Weatherization is run from the office. This federal government created program is designed to reduce both heating and cooling bills for low income families, particularly people with disabilities, the elderly, and children. Free energy efficiency measures are installed in qualified homes.

Receive heating and utility bill grants from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). A onetime cash grant can be paid to households to help them pay their bills. It can cover electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and other fuel sources.





Receive help with installing your phone, or paying the bills, from the Idaho Telephone Service Assistance Program. Assistance is offered for basic residential telephone service.

Food assistance is arranged by the Community Action Partnership. Food pantries and banks distribute perishable food items or canned goods. Items such as milk, breads, deli items, salads, dairy products, pastries, fruits, fresh produce, and vegetables may be available. Also apply for food stamps and/or receive an emergency food box. Up to one week of groceries may be offered.

Community Assistance, Information and Outreach is offered from case managers. Get help in assessing needs and learning about assistance programs offered in the area, including Nez Perce and Clearwater County as well as at the federal level.

The Community Action Partnership operates from several offices. Find more information on the assistance programs and resources available. Click here.

  • 124 New 6th Street, Lewiston, Idaho 83501, (208) 746-3351
  • 1650 Baldy Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, ID 83864, phone (208) 255-2910
  • 7164 4th St, Bonners Ferry, call (208) 267-3663
  • 320 Michigan Ave., Orofino, telephone (208) 476-4949

Lewiston Salvation Army – Services and assistance programs include emergency rental and utility assistance. Or call them for information and help with clothing, groceries, lodging, meals, non-narcotic prescription medications, or household items. They are a leading social service organization in the region. They also have a thrift store in Lewiston and Moscow. (208) 746-9653

County offices can sometimes offer assistance with food/utilities, etc. Circuit Breaker is a property tax reduction program for the needy. The program is most often for disabled and elderly individuals. Some counties may offer financial assistance for cremation and in some cases burials. Veteran's Services may be offered too. Or get details on state of Idaho public assistance.

  • Clearwater County, 150 Michigan Avenue, Orofino, Idaho 83544, (208) 476-5615
  • Idaho County, 320 W. Main, Rm. 5, Grangeville, phone (208) 983-0239
  • Nez Perce County, 1230 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501, call (208) 799-3095
  • Bonner County, 1500 Hwy 2, Suite 336, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, (208) 255-5291
  • Boundary County, 6452 Kootenai, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805, main number (208) 267-2242

Community Thrift Store and Food Bank/FISH Inc. – Indigent residents can apply for financial assistance for various needs. An application is required for rent help, households goods, utilities, and even car seats! (208) 476-3777

Housing and basic needs from Northern Idaho Volunteers of America - The local office of this national charity can help the very low income and poor, including the homeless. Other aid is for individuals with a disability, veterans, and the recently evicted. Everything from shelter to free meals and clothing may be offered in counties including Bonner and Boundary. More on Volunteers of America in Northern Idaho.

Boundary County Multi-Service Center – An extensive array of programs are offered. These include a food bank, home weatherization, and energy bills assistance/LIHEAP. Various assistance is offered to help people meet their basic needs. A focus is on people with a shut off notice. (208) 267-3663





Food banks, pantries, and distribution centers

Bonner Community Food Center, Inc., 1707 Culvers Drive, Sandpoint, ID 83864, call (208) 263-3663. Offers benefit screening for programs such as food stamps, emergency food and case management.

Orofino Community Food Bank can be reached at (208) 476-7840

The Idaho Foodbank covers the entire state, and works with charities, food, and local pantries. (208) 336-9643. Read more on food pantries.

Juliaetta-Kendrick Good Samaritan Food Bank – Call (208) 276-4510

Lifeline Food Bank is located in Orofino Idaho. Call (208) 827-1393

Kamiah Food Bank – Telephone number is (208) 816-6895

Evergreen Food Bank – Free or low cost food and groceries are offered. In addition, cooking and nutritional classes are available too. The address is 407 E. Main in Grangeville. Call (208) 983-5475

Valley Christian Center - Food boxes are available with a referral from Community Action. A clothing closet provides up to 4 women's, children professional casual outfits, or men's clothing items. 3215 Echo Hills Dr., Lewiston, ID 83501, main number is (208) 746-0401

First Naz Mobile Food Bank – Dial (208) 743-9501 for hours and information.

Food Bank ABC, Athol - (208) 683-2101

West Bonner County Food Bank, Inc. will give out food baskets a few days per week. A thrift store is also available. (208) 437-0143

Public health care or reduced fee services

Snake River Community Clinic, Inc., 215 10th St., Lewiston, ID 83501, call (208) 743-5899

Bonners Ferry Kaniksu Health Services – Offers dental/medical/behavioral health services. Low income and underinsured can receive medical care and reducing fees on their bills from a sliding fee scale. (208) 267-7768




Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, Inc. – Offers health care for chronic and serious health problems. Patient will be asked and need to pay a minimal bill for services.

Dirne Health Centers – Health care offered includes Healthcare for the Homeless program and a Homeless Outreach Program. Provides a dental center, chronic disease management, behavioral health and counseling services. A sliding fee scale is offered, and Dirne Health Centers also accepts private insurance, Medicaid, Tricare, and Medicare. (208) 292-0705

Shoshone Community Health Clinic – A free health care center run by volunteers. It is a medical clinic for low or no-income people with no health insurance coverage. 114 W. Riverside, Kellogg, ID 83837, call (208) 786-3019

Lewis & Clark Health Center - Helps the uninsured/ under-insured. (208) 848-8300

By Jon McNamara


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