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Community Assistance

Community Assistance


Crisis Connections

North Idaho Crisis Services


Finding Shelter

In Bonner County, the need is rising for people seeking emergency shelter. Although these resources may be limited and difficult to access at times, SCRC can assist in connecting people with these resources.



Bonner Gospel Mission - 455 Triangle Drive, Ponderay (208) 263-6698. For men, eighteen and over, space usually is available for an initial stay of five days, but an extension may be requested. Residents need to comply with certain rules such as submitting to alcohol and drug testing, complying with curfew and actively seeking employment. No guns.

Priest River Ministries – Priest River If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking, Priest River Ministries (PRM) provides emergency housing and a 24/7 hotline (208-290-6529). Depending upon availability, PRM may also have housing available for families that are in crisis (208-448-2800).


Other Domestic Violence Options:

VAST Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-208-265-3586

North Idaho Crisis Services – 208-946-5595 (5 PM to 8 AM, Monday – Thursday and Friday 5 PM through Monday 8 AM)


Bonner Homeless Transitions – Sandpoint (208) 265-2952.  BHT (formerly TIPS) is a transitional housing facility for single women, men or women with children, or 2-parent families with children. This is a long term housing program, not a temporary shelter.


At this time, there are little, if any, additional resources available for families, women and children seeking emergency shelter in our community. If a family or friend is not

Union Gospel Mission - 1224 Trent Ave., Spokane (509) 535-8510.  The Mission in Spokane has made an extraordinary commitment to not turn away anyone in an emergency situation so long as the individual has not created problems in the past at the Mission, and is not under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.


St. Vincent de Paul - 201 E. Harrison, Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-3095. St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency shelter for both men and women. The shelter does not keep a waiting list. Instead, beds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This shelter has twelve beds.


House of Charity – 32 W. Pacific, Spokane (509 624-7821.  Accepts men in any condition, including the mentally ill and intoxicated.  Evening hour begins at 6:30 p.m. for overnight stay.

Union Gospel Mission – 196 W. Haycraft Ave., Coeur d’Alene (208) 665-4673.  Call first for requirements, confirmation of availability and check-in time.


St. Vincent de Paul - 201 E. Harrison, Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-3095.  St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency shelter for both men and women. The shelter does not keep a waiting list. Instead, beds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This shelter has twelve beds.

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Heating Assistance

During the Winter Months


For many of us, winter can be a challenging time. Colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours result in higher utility bills and a greater need for heating sources. Depending upon your eligibility, help may be available:

Community Action Partnership (CAP) 208-255-2910

CAP offers several assistance programs, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This energy program provides financial assistance with utility bills and heating sources such as wood and propane during the “heating months” (November 1st through June 27th). Assistance under this program is available to applicants only one time per year, but people can apply each year. Eligibility is based on the household’s income. For example, a family of four would be eligible for assistance if their income did not exceed $8,943 for a three-month period. A family consisting of a single person would be eligible if his or her income did not exceed $4,376 during a three-month period. A table listing the amounts for eligibility is posted on CAP’s website Also, assistance may be automatically available if an applicant is currently receiving food stamps.


When funds are available, CAP provides crisis assistance if an applicant is in imminent danger of losing heating, and small children, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual lives in the household. Assistance under this crisis program is available during the year and is not limited to the “heating months.” To seek assistance from CAP, call to Schedule an Appointment (208-255-2910). Walk-ins are discouraged unless it is a true emergency. Applicants must bring certain documents. Visit CAP’s website or call to get a list of the required documents. Both Avista (800-227-9187) and Northern Lights (208-263-5141) also will work with their customers to develop payment plans for utility bills. It is important to immediately notify the companies when a problem with payment arises so that representatives can work with you to develop options.

Utility Assistance by Churches & Other Organizations

Assistance may be considered on a case-by-case basis when funds are available


Salvation Army Voucher Program - Applications accepted Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:30 PM at Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene at 47954 Highway 95 in Ponderay. May call church office and leave message 263-2562. Will need to provide shut off notice.


Ministerial Assoc. of Bonners Ferry (Boundary County) - Pastor Hinson (208) 597-0504. Call for hours.

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