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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.  Below are the available emergency housing resources.  Please use our Self Help Directory for low income housing resources or call 208-920-1840 for a list of low income housing options in our community.

Bonner Gospel Mission

455 Triangle Drive, Ponderay

208-263-6698

Bonner Gospel Mission is undergoing a transition and is temporarily suspending their operations, including their meal program.  Stay tuned for an update as soon as it is available.

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)

 

Freedom House/Sweet Magnolia

208-290-5857

freedomhousehope.org

A residential “program house” where female clients will spend 120 days on the path to recovery through SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and IDOC recognized, evidence-based cognitive behavior modification and personal accountability counseling programs presented from a biblical perspective.

 

Bonner Homeless Transitions

BHT (formerly TIPS) is a transitional housing facility for single women, men or women with children, or 2-parent families with children. Bonner Homeless Transitions housing programs include assisting individuals and families with case management, food, clothing, medical assistance, transportation, counseling and skills classes such as budgeting, employment, parenting and nutrition.

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.

 

St Vincent de Paul will open a warming center for homeless individuals during bouts of extreme cold this winter. The warming center will be active between Nov. 1, 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018.

 

“We are pleased to offer this necessary service to help some of the most vulnerable people during harsh weather,” said Jeff Conroy, Executive Director of St Vincent de Paul North Idaho, in a press release. “In planning for the harsh weather we must consider the homeless and their safety.”

 

Once temperatures fall below 28 degrees, the Post Falls Shelter will be activated. The center is at 202 W. 7th Street in Post Falls, in the Kamps Apartment basement. Transportation will leave from the St Vincent de Paul Father Bill’s Kitchen at 6:30pm on nights the center is open and will transport back the next morning.

 

The warming center can accommodate 45 individuals and will have sleeping bags, blankets, gloves, stocking caps and coats, as well as a full bathroom, warm food and drinks. The Coeur d’Alene site will be used as overflow.

Offered in addition to St Vincent de Paul’s regular homeless shelters, the warming center will allow more people to get out of the cold. However, the center is not set up for regular housing.

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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 www.idahocommunityaction.org. 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 208-263-2562. 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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Food Banks

 

Below you will find a list of food banks that have stocks of food and some other items:  Typically they will have basic food provisions and non-perishable items:

Bonner Community Food Bank

(208) 263-3663

www.foodbank83864.com

1707 Culvers Dr.

Sandpoint, ID 83864

 

Food Bank is primarily a food resource for low income families, disabled individuals, children and seniors to receive a ‘helping hand’ in a time of emergency. All resources at the food bank are free. The Food Bank also provides food to qualifying school children over the weekends, Coats for Kids, USDA Commodities and Diapers and Formula (when available). Food Bank clients must live in Bonner County and have an income that is below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level.

 

Market hours are 9:00-2:30 Monday-Friday

New registrants are asked to be there no later than 2:00

 

Boundary County Food Bank

(208) 267-3663

6665 Main St.

Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

 

Administered by Community Action Partnership. Provides food resource for low-income individuals.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.

 

Clark Fork Food Bank

(208) 266-1213

700 Pine St

Clark Fork, ID 83811

 

Call for information.

Priest River Food Bank

(208) 448-2352

339 Jackson

Priest River, ID 83856

 

Priest River Food Bank has new hours. 9 am to 11:45 am (Tuesday) and 3 pm to 5:45 pm (Thursday) Other requirements

 

1. Photo ID

2. Proof of residence (lease/rent agreement, county tax statement)

3. Proof of your income (paystub, SSI letter)

OR job service registration (idaho.labor.gov print the screen with your name and information)

West Bonner Food Bank

(208) 437-0143

103 N. Washington

corner of 3rd and Montana (look for sign)

Oldtown, ID 83822

 

Gives out food baskets every month (Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm,) Call before.

Food surplus on Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Strictly community supported

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