Canyon County assistance programs.

Financial help for low income families or those in an emergency is available. Get help with mortgages, rent, utility bills, and other costs from local churches, charities, and even government cash programs. The goal of these resources, along with the free job training, medical or dental care, as well as case management, is to help families overcome a hardship. Find free food, financial aid for bills, heating bill assistance programs, loans, and more below.

If you live in Nampa, Caldwell, or Canyon County Idaho, the place you want to turn to for assistance is the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership. This non-profit agency is the local community action agency, and it can be contacted at (208) 454-0675. They offer many different financial assistance programs, help people become self-sufficient, and can direct people to local charities and grant programs.

Emergency assistance for paying bills and expenses

If qualified, there are different types of expenses and bills that the agency will help low income and other individuals in need pay. Those expenses include:

  • Free food and food assistance
  • Discounted and free gently used, and occasionally new clothing
  • Household items and supplies




  • Heating and electric bill assistance
  • They also serve as a tremendous resource to refer people to other local services and agencies, including ways to get legal assistance, access to medical services and prescriptions, dental services, cash support, and Idaho and federal government programs.

Employment and job finding services

Several different services are offered to the under and unemployed, such as general information about employment and job training services, job preparation, resume reviews, counseling, help with finding a job, interview practice skills, and much more.





Emergency food

If you are facing a crisis, you can stop by multiple location to pick up an emergency food box. The box will contain up to 3 days worth of foodstuffs and other essential items. It can provide just enough food and groceries to help a family make it through the hardship.

Information and medical programs

While the community action agency does not run a health care clinic, what they can do is provide referral services and information that can assist patients, individuals, and families with various health care needs. Including get help with medical treatment or prevention services, dental care, immunization, family planning services, treatment of substance abuse, and transportation assistance and money for medical appointments.

Budgeting, money management, and debt reduction

Work one on with with a trained credit counselor. Take advantage of the knowledge of well trained staff, and learn about options and programs that can help you manage your money in a positive way. Learn about debt reduction techniques, including how to deal with credit card, medical, and hospital bill debts. Get referrals and information on leading credit agencies that provide financial management classes, and get access to counseling regarding personal credit issues and debt consolidation and settlement programs. Click here to learn more on debt assistance programs.

Gasoline vouchers and transportation assistance

Amazingly, the Canyon County Idaho community action agency may be able to provide funds and cash grants to provide for transportation for families and individuals to get where they need to go for services. The transportation assistance provided could include gas vouchers or bus tokens for transportation to medical appointments, transportation to appointments at a local hospital or Health and Welfare, or even receive gas vouchers to allow individuals to get to their job, etc. Click here to learn more on how to get free gasoline.

Other assistance programs, social services, and general resources

In addition to the programs and options above, the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership offers qualified individuals access to numerous other programs and services. Gain access and information on programs for children, such as Head Start. Programs and services for seniors and the elderly or also supported. Some additional resources provided include clothing, household products, and information on scholarships and education grants.




All of the programs above are run by the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership. Call the Caldwell agency at (208) 454-0675.

  • The Caldwell/Nampa Canyon County CAP office address is 502/506 Main St., Caldwell, ID 83605. Phone number is 208-454-0675
  • The WICAP Administration office is 315 S. Main St., Payette, ID 83661. The number to dial is 208-642-9086. The administration office is for our CAP offices and our Head Start.

Additional Canyon County Emergency assistance programs

The Salvation Army of Caldwell is one of the leading non-profits to call for assistance. Programs can help people meet their basic needs, which includes food, utility bills, rent assistance, and housing. Family Services is the name of the primary Canyon County Salvation Army program that meets this goal. Some short term cash may be offered for those critical expenses and bills, however clients will also work with a case manager for long term case management. This includes employment services, job training, and more. Call 459-2011, or click here.

Community Council of Idaho – Limited financial assistance can include free food, emergency rental assistance, scholarships for low income individuals, and Head Start. The non-profit may also offer help with transportation costs, including bus tickets. Also coordinates job training for people with agricultural related experience, including programs such as English as second language. 317 Happy Day Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83607, (208) 454-1652

Caldwell Community Action Partnership focuses on helping residents become self-sufficient. Assistance programs offered can be emergency food and government commodities, energy bill assistance, clothing, housing programs, and maybe limited financial help. A variety of social services are offered for struggling and unemployed individuals. (208) 454-0675

Treasure Valley Community Resource Center provides referrals for Canyon County and public assistance. The agency, known as TVCRC, relies on volunteers. They can direct people to human services such as employment services, housing, food banks, utilities, or rent or financial assistance. Also learn about veteran’s services, education, health care, legal aid and advocacy services, senior programs, transportation, outreach and other community programs. the organization also has information on free or sliding scale type assistance programs. ((208) 459-9263

Salvation Army of Nampa Idaho can be reached at (208) 467-6586. Social services and programs offered include meals, such as food boxes, breakfast, and lunch. Financial assistance programs include Project Share, which is financial assistance with paying heating bills. Shelter and overnight emergency lodging is offered, as well as services such as Kindergarten Care. All assistance is limited by funding.





Jessee Tree runs the EMRA Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance (ERMA) program. It is for housing and homeless prevention reasons. The address is 16 12th Ave. South in Nampa which is inside Longbranch Station. Very low income tenants may apply for assistance to cover rental arrears or energy bills, case management, short term housing. There is also referrals to other charities, non-profits, and services in Canyon County. Call 208-941-3188.

Lighthouse Rescue Mission offers emergency lodging and housing for men, clothing, and transitional housing. Meals, food boxes, and Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners or food boxes are offered. Referrals to other local agencies in Idaho are provided too. (208) 461-4833.

Housing as well as rent assistance in the county is available to people facing homelessness. Whether the client will receive counseling or financial aid in the form of a grant will vary. But there are programs available for expenses such as a security deposit, past due rent, and other costs. More on rent help in Canyon County.

Get help at the holidays from charities and non-profits in Canyon County. Based on donation levels, there may be free gifts, toys, hot meals, winter coats, and clothing. Children, the homeless and senior citizens in the county receive most of the support. Find Canyon County Christmas assistance.

Food pantries in Canyon County

Non-profits, charities, churches, and other organizations to turn to for free or low cost food, meals, and groceries in Canyon County include the following. They may also offer other support, such as free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals as well as applications to food stamps in Canyon County Idaho.

12 Baskets Food Pantry is located at 11212 Lone Star Rd, Nampa, Idaho 83651, phone (208) 546-5896

World Harvest Food Pantry, 803 Main St, Caldwell, Idaho 83605, telephone (208) 284-4411

Middleton Food Pantry can be contacted at (208) 585-6621. They also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals as well as access to food pantries.

Alpha and Omega Ministries/Caldwell Christian Center is located at 220 6th. Ave Belmont. Dial (208) 455-8037

Calvary Holiness Church – Call (208) 989-0226

Caldwell Senior Citizens Programs is based at 1009 Everett. Offers hot meals, maybe meals on wheels, and other senior programs. (208) 722-5421

There are dozens of other pantries and soup kitchens in the region. The centers can be run by the government or local charities, and locate the food pantries in Canyon County.

Clinics for free health care

Canyon County Clinic – One evening per week provides free medical services. Appointments need to be made. 2005 Arlington Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605, call (208) 249-9904 for an appointment.

Terry Reilly Clinic – This center is a private, but not for profit. It offers affordable, quality primary health care for all. Services provide prenatal counseling, family medical care, and case management. Also offered at the clinics are screening for diabetes and cancer, physicals, immunizations, bilingual services in English and Spanish, well child care, and mental health counseling. 2005 Arlington Ave., Caldwell, ID 83605, call (208) 459-1025



By Jon McNamara

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