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Financial assistance programs Idaho.

Find how to get financial help, grants for bills, and assistance in all cities, counties and areas of Idaho listed below including Boise. The government offers financial assistance for bills and non-profits provide support. Get help with paying for housing costs, including rent or mortgages. Or locate money for energy bills, medical care, day care, or free stuff and apply for state of Idaho government assistance programs.

A federal as well as state government assistance program that provides low or free health insurance to both working and non working families in an effort to to help them pay medical bills. 1-877-456-1233

Operation Roundup
This is an assistance program offered by many utility companies that can help with both paying utility bills and other basic needs. The financial aid from this program is used to address needs such as clothing, food, rent, shelter, medical costs, utility bills, and education expenses. However any help provided is not limited to just these categories.

Access Card
Assists families with buying health insurance for qualifying children, whether government or private plans. The Access Card is a premium medical assistance program that is administered in partnership with Idaho insurance carriers. The site is, or find other types of free government health insurance

Access to Health Insurance (AHI)
This program helps employees of small businesses enroll in employer-sponsored insurance. It will also assist their families with health care needs.

Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP)
Helps lower income families in Idaho pay for child as well as day care costs. This free government assistance program is for parents who either work or are attending school. (208) 455-7106, or read free child care assistance in Idaho.




Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI)
The goals of the TAFI program are to provide employment opportunities for families and to suppor them with cash. The government benefit will encourage both personal and family responsibility. This programs primary focus is to assist those who require more than government financial aid alone can or should provide. 208-334-5500

Social Services and Case Assistance
The Idaho Department of Health offers several resources for the low income. Families can get help for paying medical bills, free food, rent, energy bills, and other government financial assistance. Read more Idaho public assistance.

Foreclosure and Mortgage Programs
There are several different non-profits to contact in Idaho for foreclosure and mortgage help. These agencies help thousands of homeowners every year. Learn more on Idaho HUD agencies.

Idaho Clinics Provide Free Health Care
State residents, no matter their income, can turn to a free or low cost community or health care clinic. Dozens of centers operate across the state and each center offers a wide variety of medical and/or dental care to people who need help. Read more free community clinics in Idaho.

A large number of dental centers and clinics operate across Idaho and provide a number of free or low cost services and assistance. Read more on Idaho free dental clinics.





Government and non-profit administered medical assistance is available for uninsured families. Individuals in Idaho who either lack health insurance or that have limited coverage may be able to receive treatment, prescription medications, free medical care and other support. Continue with Idaho uninsured healthcare programs.

Assistance and Discounts on Telephone Bills
There are two government assistance programs that can assist low income Idaho families. They either provide monthly discounts on existing telephone bills or help pay to connect a new service. They can also assist with wireless devices. More details on ITSAP Idaho telephone bill assistance programs.

Senior Assistance
Older residents and senior citizens in Idaho can get help from the Agency on Aging. Numerous services and assistance programs are available. They range from free home delivered meals, information on medical bills and prescriptions, and home care. More on Idaho Agency on Aging.

Rental Voucher in Idaho
Very low income families, the elderly, or homeless may be able to receive rent help or section 8 subsidies  from several HUD affiliated housing authorities. Continue with section 8 in Idaho.

Government Homeless Prevention and Charitable resources
Homeless prevention and rehousing, for tenants and homeowners, is offered in Idaho. There is financial aid, free lawyers to mediate solutions, short term housing, deposit assistance and more. Most of the support is grant based. Continue with Idaho homeless prevention programs.

Free Legal Programs and Advice
Law firms and attorneys can provide pro-bono (free) advice to clients for dealing with a large number of legal issues or other concerns. Read about how to get free legal advice in Idaho for such issues as housing, predatory loans, government programs, and family matters.

Disability Programs
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administers a wide variety of resources for families with a disabled member or their caregivers. Some of what is available includes housing, in-home care, employment support, food, and other financial aid. Learn more on financial help for the disabled in Idaho.

Social Services and Emergency Aid in Idaho
One of the nation’s leading non-profits, the Salvation Army, has several centers in Idaho. The organization can provide financial help for basic needs (such as rent, energy bills, and food) as well as job training opportunities and case management. More on Idaho Salvation Army.







National and Local Idaho Charities
There are many national organizations with a local presence in Idaho. Food, emergency medical transportation, grants, substance abuse help and other support is offered. Read about emergency charitable financial aid.

Food Pantries and Banks
Get the addresses and phone numbers of free food banks and distribution centers that operate in Idaho. The locations provide free food, groceries, and maybe other forms of non-financial aid, such as clothing, to qualified low income residents. More information on Idaho free food banks and pantries.

Self-Sufficiency, Government Grants and Employment Assistance
Community action agencies can assist with short term needs by helping residents apply for grants for housing, energy bills, and more. The centers will also assist with longer term needs such as job training, employment counseling, and educational services. More information on Idaho community action agencies.

Energy Bill Assistance
Find where to go to and who to call for help with paying your energy and heating bills in Idaho. A large number of charitable, utility company as well as government assistance programs can help the low income and other. Click here energy bill assistance in Idaho.

Assistance From Idaho Cities and Counties

Ada County (Boise)

Bannock County (Pocatello)

Bear Lake (Paris)

Bingham County (Blackfoot)

Blaine County (Hailey)

Bonner County (Sandpoint)

Bonneville County (Idaho Falls)

Boundary County (Bonners Ferry)

Camas County (Fairfield)

Canyon County (Caldwell)

Caribou County (Soda Springs)


Cassia County (Burley)





Clearwater County (Orofino)

Franklin County (Preston)

Gooding County

Idaho County (Grangeville)

Jerome County

Kootenai County (Coeur d Alene)

Lincoln County (Shoshone)

Minidoka County (Rupert)

Nez Perce County (Lewiston)

Oneida County (Malad City)

Power County (American Falls)

Twin Falls County

Idaho Energy Bill Assistance

Low Interest Energy Loans
Low interest loans are provided to help pay for energy saving improvements that can help lower Idaho families with their utility and heating bills.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This is federally funded energy program in which the goal is to help eligible households pay their home heating and utility bills. The LIHEAP government assistance program in Idaho helps tens of thousands of families every year pay all types of energy bills. More on LIHEAP in Idaho.





Idaho Weatherization Assistance Program
This program provides measures to lower income households that will assist them with improving energy efficiency and decrease energy bills. The assistance program is available year-round to both renters and home owners.


By Jon McNamara

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