Assistance programs in Kootenai County.
Get information on non-profits, charities, churches, and government Health and Welfare programs that help people in Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County Idaho. There may be financial assistance to assist with paying rent expenses, housing needs, free food, energy bill help and more. Low income families with children can also get free back to school supplies for all grades, winter coats, and Christmas toys.
Self-sufficiency is also a focus. The organizations also provide free advice on managing money. Credit counseling, money saving tips, and in general provide assistance for paying bills in Kootenai County are all combined. There is even information on health care and dental needs, such as Christian Health Sharing insurance cost plans. Find details on all these programs and agencies below.
Food, groceries, free pantries and soup kitchens
The following organizations and charities distribute food, free groceries and small personal items to the needy. They may also have hot meals or frozen food, including Meals on Wheels, Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets.
Cherished Ones is a charity organization that opens a soup kitchen for the working poor, homeless, and low income every Saturday. In addition, the charity also provides lunches every weekday. They are located behind Labor Ready on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Dial (208) 704-0908. The address is 401 N. 2nd St. Coeur d'Alene ID 83814.
Try the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Food Distribution Program. Phone number is (208) 686-6309 or (208) 686-1800. This agency serves households in need of help, lower income seniors, persons of disability, families, individuals and children in the local community. The assistance programs administers by the charity include the Second Harvest USDA food assistance, which helps the needy individuals and families in the area.
Post Falls Food Bank (phone (208) 773-0139) provides household products as well as emergency food to individuals. In total they help approximately 3200 to 4500 families per month in the Coeur d’Alene and the Post Falls area. They also provide other services and resources such as free coats for kids, school supplies (for over 1200 children), senior blankets, hair cuts, salvage program, information on how to get financial assistance for bills, referral program and holiday baskets and gifts.
Several additional food pantries and soup kitchens are in the region. They provide struggling families with various social services, however the main would be an emergency box of food or hot meal. Some may offer hygiene supplies or Meals on Wheels as well. Find a listing of Kootenai County free food pantries.
Social Services and financial assistance programs
Family Promise of North Idaho offers numerous resources that help empowers homeless, people close to eviction or foreclosure and near homeless families. The goal is to help people become self-sufficient by providing temporary homeless shelter, eviction prevention aid, employment, housing and rent assistance. All the free material items along with grant money is combined with individual/family counseling. Call (208) 777-4190.
Saint Vincent de Paul provides qualified individuals with information and access to numerous financial assistance programs that can help pay energy bills, rent, and other expenses. The non-profit offers assistance to low-income and homeless people in the community, and the programs that are geared toward empowering low income as well as working poor to become independent, productive members of the community.
The support is arranged from the HELP Center Coeur d’Alene. In addition to those programs, residents can use a cold weather warming center, get a hot meal, or apply for USDA food aid. Dial (208) 664-3095, or more on Kootenai County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.
The Kootenai County area is served by the Community Action Partnership (Lewiston), which can be reached at (208) 746-3351. This local community action agency provides people with free food, applications for utility and heating bill assistance programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization, and they offer other aid.
This may be the leading non-profit community action agency. Staff from the center partner with clients to help them overcome any challenges that they are facing, so addressing the root cause of the financial hardship is a true focus. Some of the other assistance administered from the partnership includes information on educational and job training, referrals to government benefits such as SNAP food stamps and TANF, and general budgeting classes. More on services from Community Action Partnership Lewiston.
Northern Idaho Volunteers of America provides basic needs, such as food and clothing, as well as works to address housing and homelessness in Kootenai County. While financial aid is limited, in some cases there may be money for partial rent or heating bills, or the charity will have referrals to government grants. However, the focus is on housing.
VOA also assists veterans, the disabled, single parents and seniors. So to this end, there are resources such as Healthcare for Homeless Veterans. Another key program is Hope House, which is transitional housing for single moms with children. All throughout this process, Volunteers of America will also offer education, budgeting, and job placement services. Click here for details on Volunteers of America in Northern and Eastern Idaho.
Health & Welfare Department is the government assistance office. They process applications to SNAP food stamps, TANF cash aid, Medicaid and other public aid. Most of these are temporary government assistance programs for families living in poverty, the disabled or elderly. Other resources may include low cost housing, elder care, as well as low income energy bill assistance (LIHEAP) in Idaho. There are also other government resources too. The address is 1120 W Ironwood Dr, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Call (208) 769-1456.
St. Pius partners with other churches to provide assistance. Resources range from a Ecumenical Soup Kitchen to a pantry. Other financial help may be vouchers for medications, Funeral Dinners, school supplies, clothing, and general outreach. Click more details on St. Pius Kootenai County programs.
Free assistance at the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe even Easter can be provided by volunteer based charity organizations. Whether a family living in poverty needs a toy or food basket, struggling families can apply for help for their children or elderly household member. Read free Kootenai holiday programs.
Salvation Army of Coeur d Alene provides social services. They mostly focus on operating a thrift store, but there may also be vouchers for medications, rent, and more. Other assistance includes free holiday meals, Christmas help, and information on heating bill help from Project Share. Or get free school supplies including uniforms, Chromebooks, sneakers and more. Find more details on Kootenai County Salvation Army.
Uninsured and low income health care programs
Patients can get extensive access to health care from Dirne Community Health Center / Heritage Health. The center provides the low income, under and uninsured with access to high quality, low cost or free, comprehensive services. There is free or affordable integrated, and preventative health care to the underserved, low income, and working poor of the Kootenai community. Call (208) 292-0292 to learn more or make an appointment.
To learn about options, clinics, and programs that provide health care, contact Panhandle Health District / Helping Hands Medical Access Program at (208) 415-5100). The non-profit is a partnership that was formed with Panhandle Health District, local doctors, and health care providers to help low income families access medical care and clinics in the area. Click here to find state and local government health care clinics, or dial (208) 415-5100.
Affordable health insurance is also offered. There are many plans for low-income families, gig workers and others who struggle to pay for their medical, dental, or prescription drugs. There are even faith based plans too, including Christian Health Sharing medical insurance cost plans.