Idaho Housing & Finance Association's Housing Preservation Program
Blaine County Charitable Fund encourages applicants to access all available local, state and federal resources first. For this reason, for those experiencing direct or indirect financial hardship related to the COVID pandemic we can assist you in accessing the Idaho Housing & Finance's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
A financial hardship related to the pandemic includes being qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship.
Some examples of financial hardship include – but are not limited to – direct impacts of the pandemic like an inability to work due to illness or quarantining; increased utility bills due to staying home during the pandemic; reduced hours/wages at work; or an inability to work due to lack of childcare or children participating in virtual learning.
Examples of financial hardship may also include – but are not limited to – indirect impacts of the pandemic such as market conditions causing increased food and transportation costs; company layoffs; and increased housing costs.
Emergency rent assistance
Keeping Blaine County households stable is a critical element to reducing housing insecurity and experiencing the traumatic affects of eviction. Blaine County Charitable Fund does this by providing emergency rent assistance in conjunction with financial education and goal setting.
The first/last/deposit assistance program helps tenants with the often high upfront costs to enter a new rental agreement for more affordable housing.
Rapid Relief Program
Blaine County Charitable Fund understands that there are unexpected expenses that are difficult to address when a household is already financially challenged to pay for basic monthly needs. Households can apply for assistance with expenses that are in need of immediate payment and cannot be deferred or negotiated. These may include transportation, medical, insurance, utilities, etc.
In-person office hours
Bilingual staff are now available to meet in person in locations in the Wood River Valley if applicants need assistance with applying. Days and times are subject to change, so please be sure to check back here before you go. Currently our hours/locations are:
Sawtooth Business Center (formally Marketron)
101 Empty Saddle St.
Mondays 9-12 p.m. (Bilingual staffed), 1-5 p.m. (English staff only)
Tuesdays 9-12 p.m. (Bilingual staffed)
Wednesdays 9-12 p.m. (Bilingual staffed)
Hunger Coalition, Bellevue (food distribution days)
1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 3-6 p.m.
If I have additional questions, who should I contact?
Please call our office at 208-244-5205; a member of our team will be glad to assist you.