Preventing Homelessness

Hard Truth

Each month many low-to-moderate income families face the threat of eviction due to temporary financial setbacks such as a short term job loss, higher than expected utility costs, a medical illness, or car repairs. According to The National Alliance to Prevent and End Homelessness, a large percentage of people are 1 or 2 paychecks away from becoming homeless.

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Prevention is the key. The Jesse Tree of Idaho is dedicated to preventing homelessness in Ada County through the Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance (ERMA) program. We serve as a “safety-net” by providing a one-time rent payment along with case management which helps families get back on track, and regain self-sufficiency and financial stability within a few short months.  Clients of the ERMA program receive rental payment assistance, strategies to develop a positive relationship with their landlords, obtain additional community referrals and opportunities to remain in their current housing. The community also benefits from the ERMA program which utilizes and maximizes a variety of funding sources. 

The Jesse Tree has created a good foundation and has built a solid reputation within the Boise community. It will continue to have a long-term positive impact on keeping people housed, allowing them to focus on regaining financial stability rather than worrying about where to live.

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