A longtime Ada County program has expanded its reach to try and help even more people who are experiencing a financial crisis.
Since recently opening a Jesse Tree of Idaho location inside Nampa's C.A.T.C.H. office, the nonprofit that assists those who are at risk of being evicted has already helped several folks stay in their homes.
With the temperature dipping down into single digits right now, other monthly bills are digging deeper into families' and individuals' pockets.
"When you're on a low-income, stuff like increased utility bills or a car repair or just a few days off from work can set you back really fast," said Rachel Ford, a social worker for The Jesse Tree of Idaho in Canyon County.
The one-time, emergency rental assistance funds are for people who are behind on rent due to a temporary financial set back. To find out if you qualify for assistance, just give the office a call by dialing (208) 941-3188. If you are eligible, a face-to-face appointment is scheduled and a volunteer inspector will visit your home to ensure the living conditions are safe before the funds are released.
Currently, the statewide Avenues for Hope online, housing fundraiser challenge is going on and ends Dec. 31. Making the minimum donation of $25 to the Canyon County Jesse Tree of Idaho program can go a long way in spreading holiday cheer.
"If somebody has everything already then you can just tell them, 'Hey, you helped keep a family in their home this winter," Ford concluded.
Landlords are encouraged to refer tenants in need to Jesse Tree accordingly. Program coordinators are also in need of volunteers to conduct the home inspections.
For more information on the Avenues for Hope campaign, visit http://avenuesforhope.org.