Resources on campus and throughout the community are available for College of Western Idaho students seeking assistance with child care, food, healthcare, housing, or transportation. Explore the information below to learn more.
IdahoStars is the leading expert and resource for quality child care in Idaho.
YMCA has four locations and offers drop-in child care.
Giraffe Laugh is a nonprofit childcare center supporting low income families with several locations in and around Boise.
Western Idaho Community Action Program (WICAP) Childcare offers child care centers, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs.
Five food and hygiene pantries are located throughout CWI's campuses where students and employees are welcome to help themselves to what they need. Find a pantry location, learn how to donate to the pantry, and explore local food pantries and food assistance programs.
Find Help Idaho is a free, confidential, online service you can use to locate housing assistance, food pantries, medical care, transportation, and more.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provides online access to resources through Live Better Idaho and the Idaho '211' Resource and Referral Information Line.
St. Vincent DePaul Society may provide assistance with utilities, rent, household goods, transportation, and clothing. Call the helpline and someone will make an appointment to meet with you. You may have to leave a message.
The Salvation Army supports community members in need with utilities, clothing, food, shelter, and beyond.
Western Idaho Community Action Program (WICAP) can help with a wide variety of emergency needs such as financial assistance and money management, transportation, household items, heating assistance, food, education and employment support. Serves Canyon, Washington, Adams, and Valley counties.
El-Ada Community Acton Partnership can help with a wide variety of emergency needs such as financial assistance and money management, transportation, household items, heating assistance, food, education, and employment support. Serves Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee counties.
Full Circle Health provides affordable full-service healthcare to individuals and families. There is a discounted fee schedule available to patients who qualify.
Terry Reilly Health Services is a community health center dedicated to providing affordable, comprehensive healthcare. They offer medical and dental care as well as mental health services and have locations throughout the Treasure Valley.
Genesis Community Clinic offers free medical, dental, mental health, or social services to those who are uninsured or have a lower income.
Healthy Connections Program helps Medicaid participants find a clinic or Primary Care Provider (PCP) to coordinate their healthcare needs.
Care House is a free clinic providing medical, counseling, and dental services for those who do not have health insurance and live at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Housing Idaho is a free rental housing site that helps renters look for housing to meet their needs throughout Idaho.
Boise/Ada County Housing Authority provides affordable housing-related assistance to people with low and moderate incomes.
Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority (SICHA) provides rental assistance to qualified low income families in Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington, and Valley counties in Southwest Idaho.
Our Path Home is a hub for ending homelessness, providing temporary or long-term support, and connecting you with resources that lead to stable, safe, and healthy housing.
Access Point is a hub for ending homelessness, providing temporary or long-term support, and connecting you with resources that lead to stable, safe, and healthy housing.
The Jesse Tree provides a safety net for low to extremely low-income households living in Ada and Canyon counties who are at risk of becoming homeless by providing financial assistance and emergency case management.
Elevate Your Safety Net
Student Resource Fair
Participate in the Student Resource Fair to connect with on- and off-campus assistance and resources such as:
- no-cost or low-cost community resources for medical needs, food, childcare, financial constraints, housing, etc.
- student clubs, organizations, and events
- academic advising, tutoring, mental health counseling, disability accommodations, testing, veteran, and Latinx services
Safety net Badge
Earn a Safety Net badge in Blackboard to learn:
- how to build and maintain your safety net
- how to access free local support resources
- how to keep yourself and your family safe