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Canyon County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Although resources are limited, Canyon County SVDP may be contacted in a crisis. The case managers as well as volunteers will offer information on Canyon County run directly by Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as well as other resources in the greater Canyon County community. Some of them are noted below.

Most of the financial aid is first come and served. However a thrift store is open to the general public. Applicants will need to work with staff in an effort to increase skills as well as their income to live independently. They also need to be on the path to sufficiency. Only then may financial support be available.

Support from Society of Saint Vincent de Paul for housing needs

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is the nation's main rent subsidy service. The program is paid for, and provided, by the federal government. The goal is to assist financial strapped families, low-income seniors and those from Canyon County and Caldwell living with a disability. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul can provide information on how to apply for a voucher.

Those SVDP clients participating in the program are able to find an apartment of their choice as the housing assistance is provided to them through Section 8. They may select a variety of units that meet HUD qualifications. It can include single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and apartments. As long as the property selected meets the predetermined requirements of the program, the choice of housing may be freely made.

The Section 8 Housing Voucher is run through the state of Idaho Housing Development Authority and it offers rental help for participating needy families. Landlords who own property that has passed inspection are given direct designated rent payments by an agency such as St. Vincent de Paul. The support in turn reduces the amount of monthly rent payments that need to be made for the tenants who have access to their choice of affordable housing. Learn more on, and find section 8 housing apartments in Idaho.

Transitional Housing from St. Vincent de Paul in Caldwell for eligible clients is offered for an extended period of time. During this time of their stay, clients receive intense case management and have access to various resources.  If the need can't be met, then referrals are given instead.




The Transitional Housing Program offers help to homeless mothers and their children for up to 24 months. Individualized care and goal plans are established with their case managers with the promise of the client’s aggressive participation in finding a way back to a stable life and a permanent home.

SVDP in Canyon County will try to help with Single Family Home Rehabilitation. Those interested in applying for the program need to be aware of the following requirements for eligibility. The home needs to be owner occupied and the owner needs to be low income. Manufactured housing and rental units are not eligible. Repairs are also only for seniors or the disabled.

Society of Saint Vincent has financial aid available, however, funding is limited, therefore, there is no guarantee of assistance. Fortunately, case workers have a wide knowledge base and may be able to help vulnerable, needy clients find another source of assistance in the community. This is done by referrals.

Based on funding, Society of St. Vincent de Paul may be able to help with back rent or utilities. There can also be support for Prescription Copays, Gas Vouchers (for medical appointments or emergencies only), or even needed prescription Glasses.

Food programs

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul runs a home delivery meal program for low-income seniors residing in Canyon County. Funding and referrals are provided from the Area Agency on Aging (SAAA), local churches or the Salvation Army.

With the help of both staff and volunteers from across Canyon County, nutritious meals are delivered to indigent, homebound seniors Monday through Friday. For hard to reach areas, a weekly frozen supply of meals provided. Aside from delivering the food, it gives the senior person some company. They can socialize for a few minutes with the driver or share a hot drink with them.





Each year during the holiday season, Holiday Food Baskets are provided to hundreds from across Canyon County. Aid is given to neighbors as well as senior citizens who are struggling and in need of assistance. Participating families may choose between a Thanksgiving or Christmas basket which has all the offerings to create a holiday meal. Or find other free Christmas meal programs near you.

The St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is responsible for the purchase and distribution of nutritious USDA commodities.  These items are the result of funding from the federal government. Support is given free of charge to needy, low-income families and individuals who are struggling to provide food for themselves or their family members.

Staff systematically coordinate and perform distributions to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and charitable institutions in Canyon County. In order for a struggling client to be able to participate in the program, the following two basic requirements need to be met. Applicants need to meet the poverty income guidelines based upon household size or recipients must be an active approved Food Stamp Program participant.

Job assistance and training from SVDP in Caldwell

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul runs an employment assistance program to financially strapped clients as well as prisoners re-entering society. There are also services for the unemployed or those looking for a new skill. There is job training and employment search assistance. Or look into Initial interview/assessment, Direct job referrals, or free clothes or gasoline vouchers for work.

Classes are arranged by SVDP on resume writing or interviewing techniques. Society of Saint Vincent may also have basic needs such as uniforms, gasoline vouchers, steel toe boots, safety glasses and tools necessary for steady, long term employment.

Applying to and locations of Society of Saint Vincent in Canyon County

The main address is 3719 E. Cleveland Blvd. Caldwell, ID 83605. Call (208) 370-2030. Whether it is the thrift store, prisoner reentry services, or free basic needs, help is offered.

By Jon McNamara











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