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Eviction prevention and homeless programs in Idaho.

Non-profit and charity agencies across Idaho work with the state in an effort to prevent future homelessness and rehouse those that need a place to live. Using federal government and state funds, there may be grants available for paying a portion of rent to prevent an evictions or landlord mediation services. There is also financial support for paying a security deposit, case management, and other aid. Find homeless prevention programs by city and county in Idaho below.

A wide variety of programs, mostly funded by the Emergency Solution Grant, are used to assist both tenants and homeowners in the state. The process will work in several stages, including coordinating short term housing, case management, and then help in locating and paying the rent or deposit on a new affordable home. More details on the various components are below.

Financial help to stop evictions and rehouse the homeless

When possible, rent assistance may be provided from ESG to help stop the eviction and stabilize the situation. As resources allow, grants from HUD or the state help pay families’ rent for a short period of time. The dollar amount is limited and comes with conditions as well.

Normally, in order to get financial aid, families need to be on the path to stability. They need to be able to pay their future rent independently, on their own within a few months. So the applicant needs to be on the path to self-sufficiency. They are expected to find employment, budget properly and save money.

For people that are homeless, there is support in those cases too. Working with a specialist, the client can get assistance in finding some type of safe and affordable housing to move into. Each individual or family will need to find a residence that will be leased into their name find. Many of the agencies also have relationships with landlords across Idaho, so that fact can help in the process.

The emergency solution grant, or ESG program, may have some funds or short term loans to contribute for a security or utility deposit. These are part of loans to help pay rent. In addition to that, since most families moving out of the shelter have a low income, they often need both household supplies or furniture for the residence. So this may be available in partnership with local charities, such as the Salvation Army.

 

 

 

Housing stability services in Idaho

No matter what occurs, case management is required under any program terms. The individual seeking help will partner with a  licensed social worker to access the benefits and support they need for long term success. It touches upon employment (see below), credit repair, encouragement, job and life skills training, budget counseling, counseling and more. General asset development and financial literacy is required.

Stability also touches upon employment assistance. A combination of One Stop Job centers and other sites will help people find a job. While in some cases, the individual referred to the program may already be employed, but they need assistance to find better paying jobs or improve their job skills. This will help them pay their rent on time in the future and avoid a case of future homelessness.

Idaho will stress employment in order to receive either emergency deposit or rent help. People are expected to be visiting a job center to gain new skills and/or look for work. If and when needed, there will be more intensive support to formerly homeless people or others who have significant barriers to employment.

Additional homeless prevention resources

Those are some examples of what may be provided in Idaho. Other services include legal aid, HUD section 8, emergency shelter or transitional housing, and guidance. Counseling and guidance is also provided by case managers. There is also low income emergency section 8 vouchers vouchers in Idaho.

While the first choice is to prevent evictions from occurring, the fact is that this is not always possible. Some individuals will therefore need help in relocating to a new home. So no matter the situation, there may be help available in Idaho.

 

 

 

 

Idaho agencies for emergency rent and deposit grants

Call a local social service office for information on ESG, or try a non-profit community agency. Referrals may be offered in some cases.

Ada County and Elmore - Telephone (208) 377-0700. Everything from free grant money for rent to stop evictions to legal aid and more is offered. Find details on homeless prevention in Ada County.

Eastern Idaho, including Fremont, Teton, Butte, and nearby towns and counties. For information on rehousing or eviction support, dial (208) 522-5391.

Lewiston area, such as Bonner, Idaho, Kootenai, and Clearwater County area residents should call (208) 746-3351

South Central Idaho counties such as Gooding, Blaine, Lincoln, and others - Call (208) 733-9351.

Southeastern Idaho Counties of Caribou, Bannock, Franklin, and others - Call  (208) 232-1114

Western Idaho - This may be the main location for information on housing, rent, and security deposit programs. Numerous non-profits work to prevent homelessness in counties such as Boise, Valley, Asotin, Canyon, Adams and others. (208) 642-9086.

By Jon McNamara

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