Our Programs

Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance (ERMA) Program

The Jesse Tree provides assistance for low to extremely low-income persons who are at risk of becoming homeless through the Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance program.  The program provides financial assistance to cover rental arrears, case management with a licensed social worker and ongoing support through the referral process.

 

Jesse Tree serves households at risk of eviction in Ada and Canyon County.

 

Ada County:

Please note: This is a limited program.

If you are at risk of eviction in Ada County, your first step is to call Our Path Home.  From there, Our Path Home staff will discuss with you your needs and unique situation. Our Path Home manages a prioritized que for all persons experiencing homelessness and partners with Jesse Tree’s prevention program.  Our Path Home staff will help understand if you are right for the ERMA program or another of Ada County’s great housing programs.

Our Path Home

503 S. Americana Blvd

Boise, ID 83702

208-495-4240

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Experiencing a housing crisis.
  • Facing a financial emergency causing one to be at risk of eviction.
  • Have children in the home under the age of 18.
  • Can provide an eviction notice.
  • Those with an income that is less than 30% of the area median income.

Meridian:

Note: If you live in Meridian please call the Jesse Tree intake line directly at 208-383-9486.

Eligibility: 

  • Experiencing a housing crisis.
  • Facing a financial emergency causing one to be at risk of eviction.
  • Can provide proof of arrears.
  • Those with an income that is less than 50% of the area median income.

Canyon County:

If you are at risk of eviction in Canyon County, your path back to financial stability starts with the region-wide access point, Coordinated Entry. From there, staff will assess if you are potential applicant for the ERMA program.  They’ll help understand if you are a good fit for the ERMA program or another one of Canyon County’s great housing or prevention programs.

Coordinated Entry

1412 4th Street South

Nampa, ID 83651

208-461-3733

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9 AM - 3 PM, Fri 9 AM - 12 PM

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Are experiencing a housing crisis.
  • Had a financial emergency causing one to be at risk of eviction.
  • Can provide an eviction notice
  • Those with an income that is less than 30% of the area median income.

The Jesse Tree of Idaho does use the Homeless Management and Information System, a computerized data collection tool specifically designed to capture client-level, system-wide information, over time, on the characteristics and services needs of men, women, and children experiencing being at risk of homelessness or are homeless.

 

Other Programs:

Toys for Tots: The Jesse Tree partners with the Marine Corp to provide toys for needy families during Christmas.  

Christmas Sponsorships: The Jesse Tree, its staff and neighboring nonprofits provides gifts for needy families during the Christmas season.  This brings joy to those in need and continues the mission of Jesse Tree to provide mercy.

 

Documents

pdf Idaho HMIS Privacy Notice
pdf Aviso de Privacidad del sistema de HMIS de Idaho
pdf Client Services Flowchart

Other Resources

The Salvation Army - Boise/Treasure Valley
Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
Idaho Legal Aid Services
El-Ada Community Action Partnership
Treasure Valley Community Resource Center, Inc.
211 Idaho Care Line Self Rescue Manual

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