Blaine County is a beautiful, nature-filled place to live, where neighbors take care of each other, recreation abounds and philanthropy thrives. Despite Blaine County’s beauty, however, it is a community that has great wealth and income disparity. The city of Hailey recently rated 9th out of 916 metropolitan areas in the country for the most unequal income, with 1 in 3 food insecure or one crisis away from it, wages have hit an all time low since 2005, and housing costs are increasing once again. Assistance from local organizations and government agencies is critical for many Blaine County residents to be able to weather this crisis, and future crises, in the absence of substantial systemic changes.
Provided here is a list of resources for access to food and financial assistance. No one should have to struggle to put food on the table or to keep a roof over their head. In addition, many of these agencies have staff to help make sure no one struggles to access these resources.
St. Luke’s Center for Community Health partners with organizations and agencies in our community and supports the efforts of Blaine County Recovery. We serve the community through bilingual, comprehensive and coordinated health and wellness prevention services and can assist you in navigating through resources. If you need help deciding which resources are best for you, please call us at 208-727-8733.
Bill Pay Assistance
State & Federal Resources
TAFI Temporary Assistance to Families in Idaho
ICCP Idaho Child Care Program
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
FamilyWize prescriptions savings car
Pro bono legal services to Blaine County residents effected by COVID-19: Over two dozen lawyers in Blaine County, Idaho have offered to provide free legal services during the COVID-19 emergency to those providing essential services in Blaine County and to those in Blaine County victimized by the virus. Those eligible for the legal services include doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMTs, pharmacists, police and fire personnel, grocery store clerks and persons who have lost their job or face eviction from their home due to the virus. There is no financial criteria applicable to qualify for the program.
Mortgage and Rental Relief
Idaho Legal Aid Services Eviction assistance
Blaine County Area-Specific Resources
St. Luke's Center for Community Health: financial assistance for medical bills, utilities, rent, transportation, and assistance applying for other financial aid programs in (Medicaid/Social Security, etc). Services available in English and Spanish
1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, Hailey, ID 83333
St. Luke's Compassionate Care program helps patients in need by assisting with the lodging, transportation, medical supplies, medications and other health-related necessities.
1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, Hailey, ID 83333
The Advocates provide a safe place for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Blaine County, Camas, Custer, and Lincoln Counties. Advocates provide education on healthy relationships to all ages, counseling, shelter, resources and support.
PO BOX 3216, Hailey, ID 83333
COVID ancillary costs
PO BOX 489, Buckeystown, MD 21717
P: 1.800.675.8416 E:
National Foundation of Credit Counselors - Toolkit (has small business resources halfway down)
Blaine County Utility Bills during the CoVid crisis: Relief and Resources
Current as of 4/3/2020
We are temporarily suspending disconnections for homes and small businesses facing hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, we are also temporarily waiving late fees for residential and small business customers. If you see a late fee on your bill, there is no need to take any action. We will automatically credit it back the next month.
We encourage customers to pay what they can so balances don’t become overwhelming down the road. Please contact us at: 1-800-488-6151 to set up a payment plan.
We are temporarily suspending disconnections for homes and small businesses facing hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to set up a payment plan please call us at: 1-800-548-3679
Cox Cable and Internet: (valid until May 15th)
Connect2Compete applications (for low income families) with the first two months being offered for free. Online: OR call: 1-855-222-3252
Will not terminate internet or telephone service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Waive any internet or telephone late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the pandemic.
Open all Cox Wifi outdoor hotspots.
(similar to above but may be better/waiving fees if past due)
Verizon: (valid until May 13th)
Verizon will waive late fees and overage charges for customers and small businesses who let us know they are unable to pay as a result of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will not terminate service to those customers. Click for the latest news release.
AT&T: (valid until May 13th)
We will waive:
• Late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential customers
• Domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers
The waiver applies to these fees or charges you may incur between March 13, 2020, and May 13, 2020, due to economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. Have your user ID and password ready and submit a waiver request to: https://www.att.com/help/covid-19/waive-overage-fee-data/
City of Hailey:
The City of Hailey will waive penalties and interest on utility bills without question until irrigation season begins.
When irrigation season begins, we will work individually with customers who have past due bills to require that bills be current in order for irrigation to occur. Water use for in-home needs will not be shut-off, but extra water required for irrigation will not be allowed in cases of past due amounts existing on customer accounts. Contact Heather at 208-788-9814 x.1518 for details.