Established in 1972, the department was created to carry out the mandates and intent of Idaho Law contained in Title 31, Chapters 34 of the Idaho Code. The purpose of these laws is to provide limited and temporary assistance to Kootenai County residents for the payment of some non-medical expenses. Assistance from Kootenai County is required to be "as a last resort" only; or when no alternative exists.
Before assistance can be provided, however, certain requirements will have to be met. An application must be filled out. The applicant must present him/herself for an interview and must be prepared to provide personal information regarding the applicant's living situation, income, assets of all types, insurance, resources, and much more. Once this information has been gathered, an interviewer will conduct a thorough investigation to substantiate the data and then make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial.