Community Action Partnership Lewiston.

The regional, non-profit Community Action Partnership Lewiston provides services to several counties and towns in Washington and Idaho. Assistance is for residents in the regions including Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone in Idaho and Asotin in Washington. Some of the main assistance programs administered are for paying energy and heating bills, free food, and basic needs for senior citizens.

Energy assistance programs include conservation / weatherization, funds for paying utility bills, and even telephone assistance, however that is rare. Most of these rely on federal government funds and grants.

The Weatherization Assistance Program from the Community Action Partnership provides low income families that own a home with a cost effective conservation service. The agency runs a highly productive and effective weatherization program throughout the year for income-eligible families and homeowners within Idaho's northernmost counties. This includes Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho Counties. Conservation is also offered in Asotin County in Washington. This government created program provides consumers with free energy efficiency measures that are tailored to each home and are designed for maximum cost savings.

As part of this program, energy auditors from the Community Action Partnership (Lewiston) will visit your home. They are state-certified professionals that are skilled in energy conservation matters and are committed to helping families save energy dollars. The weatherization measures fall into five main categories including insulation, furnace repairs, caulking and similar updates.

The LIHEAP, or Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, provides working poor and low income eligible households with a one-time cash grant benefit towards their utility bills. The funds will be used to pay for expenses and heat the home during the Idaho winter. This includes, but is not limited to natural gas, electric, wood, propane and heating oil. Household eligibility is based on both their total income and the benefit amounts paid out are determined by the household’s historical energy usage.

Additional utility assistance is part of the Idaho Telephone Service Assistance Program (ITSAP). It provides assistance with paying for the installation costs for residential basic telephone service. Assistance is also offered by the agency to provide for monthly costs for basic residential telephone service to low-income participants.




Also on location is the Aging and Disability Resource Center. It supports seniors citizens, the disabled and the elderly. This is run in partnership with the North Central Idaho Area Agency on Aging. The location has been officially assigned by the Idaho Commission on Aging, ICOA as the ADRC/AAA for the counties of Lewis, Nez Perce, Latah, Idaho and Clearwater.

The Community Action Partnership focuses on supporting the aging process by working on the elimination of poverty. The aging center has been designed to create access to long-term care information for the people of all incomes ages and even those with disabilities in Idaho.

Case managers will provide easy access and referrals to available information so as to help consumers in fully exploring a wide range of government benefits, long-term support options and planning. The aging programs of North Central Idaho also provide assistance and information for professionals who seek assistance on behalf of their clients, individuals who want to utilize public or private resources, and the non-profit will address long-term care needs.

Some of the specific resources provided by the Community Action Partnership's ADRC/AAA include Durable Medical Equipment, Government Benefits Counseling, Information and Assistance, Oral Health Services, and In-Home Support Services. Some of the main senior sites and meal locations are listed below.

Senior Meal Sites, Cottonwood Community Church, 510 Gilmore, Cottonwood, Idaho 83522, 208-962-7762
Grangeville Senior Center, County Road, Grangeville, ID 83530, 208-983-2033
Kamiah Senior Center, 125 N Maple St., Kamiah, ID 83536, call 208-935-0244
Kendrick Senior Citizens Center, 104 S Sixth, Kendrick, Idaho 83537, call 208-289-5031
Lewiston Community Center, 1424 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501, main phone 208-743-6983
Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501, 208-743-9201
Moscow Senior/Community Center, 412 3rd St., Moscow, ID 83843, call 208-882-1562 for intake.
Nezperce Senior Citizens, 501 Cedar St., Nezperce, ID 83543, telephone 208-937-2465
Orofino Senior Center, 930 Michigan Ave., Orofino, Idaho 83544, dial 208-476-4328
Potlatch Senior Citizens, IOOF/Rebekah Hall on Pine St., Potlatch, ID 83855, telephone 208-875-1071
Riggins Odd Fellows Building, 121 S Lodge St., Riggins, ID 83549, dial 208-628-4147
Weippe Hilltop Sr. Citizens Center, 115 1st Street West, Weippe, ID 83553, 208-435-4553
Winchester Senior Citizens Center, Nez Perce Ave., Winchester, Idaho 83555, main number is 208-924-6581





Community Action Partnership's Housing Program advocates for residents and also provides decent, affordable housing for low-income groups. The CAP-owned or managed rentals are comprised of twenty family apartments in Lewiston with HOME financing, units located in Genesee that are offered with with USDA subsidy housing for those with a developmental disability, and a duplex in Clarkston as well.

Food pantries and a Nutrition Program are offered by the non-profit Community Action Partnership. They operate food banks in Kellogg, Bonners Ferry, Coeur d'Alene, St. Maries, and Lewiston. This nutritional resource is designed to ensure proper utilization of food stamps on a regular basis. The pantries also provide the low income and unemployed with a food box program. The free boxes provide a week's worth of groceries and canned items to prepare three meals each day for individuals as well as families.

Another service available for the low income is Community Outreach, Referrals and Assistance. CAP determines the applicants eligibility for help. They will review clients needs and provide help to meet these needs through a number of financial and other assistance programs. The agency helps serve as a safety net and springboard for low-income members of our community.

Case managers available in each county that CAP serves to assist low-income and poor people and provide assistance with such basic needs as rent, utilities, food, heating bills, transportation, and linkages to other programs like Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other community or tribal social services.

The main locations of Community Action Partnership Lewiston are s follows.

  • Benewah County, 416 Main Ave, St. Maries, Idaho 83861, phone: (208) 245-9090
  • Bonner County, 1506 Baldy Mountain Rd, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, dial (208) 255-2910
  • Boundary County, P.O. Box 627, 6665 Main St, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805, (208) 267-3663
  • Clearwater County, 320 Michigan Ave #303, Orofino, Idaho 83544, call (208) 476-4949
  • Idaho County, 117 West North St, Grangeville, Idaho 83530, telephone (208) 983-0437
  • Kootenai County, 4144 West Industrial Lp, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815, call (208) 664-8757
  • Latah County, 428 West 3rd St, #4, Moscow, Idaho 83843, main phone (208) 882-3535
  • Lewis County, P.O. Box 128, 615 4th St, Kamiah, Idaho 83836, (208) 935-2412
  • Nez Perce / Asotin County, 124 New 6th St, Lewiston, Idaho 83501, call the agency at (208) 746-3351
  • Shoshone County, 311 Main St, Kellogg, Idaho 83837, main phone: (208) 783-4901



By Jon McNamara

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