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 by providing one-time rent assistance and case management. Clients of the ERMA program are given strategies to develop a positive relationship with their landlords. Additionally, they obtain referrals and opportunities to help them remain in their current home. If you are accepted into the program, Jesse Tree's experienced Licensed Social Workers will personally work with you and make appropriate referrals to other community resources.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive assistance, the applicant must:

  • Demonstrate their need is short term and emergency in nature.
  • Have a lease.
  • Have received a 3 day pay or quit / eviction notice with no court date scheduled or proof of arrears.
  • Have verifiable income.
  • Have three consecutive months of non-delinquent rent payment within a calendar year.
  • Live in Ada County or Canyon County
  • Participate in a case management plan
  • Have landlord participation.
  • Housing meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS) A home inspection is required.

Process for Receiving Assistance

  1. The applicant is screened according to established criteria.
  2. The applicant applies and verifies place of residence and income.
  3. The property owner (landlord) is contacted to verify information and participation
  4. The applicant participates in a case management plan with a Licensed Social Worker.
  5. A housing inspection (HQS) is completed to ensure families are living in a safe environment.
  6. If applicants qualify, rent payment is mailed directly to landlord.
  7. The timeline for assistance is two to four weeks.
  8. Three, six and twelve months after services have ended, a follow-up call is made to the beneficiary to verify they are still housed and working toward financial stability.

How to Apply

To apply for the ERMA program, please call 208-383-9486 (Ada County) or 941-3188 (Canyon County)


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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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