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Who We Serve

Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership has 150 full and part time employees who serve the nearly 205,000 residents in our nine county service area. Our counties vary from having 90,000 residents and a population density of 44 people per square mile to only having 1,000 residents with .6 people per square mile. In 2007 we provided direct services to roughly 12,000 individuals.

In Eastern Idaho:

  • Nearly 14% of residents live below the poverty level.
  • Our child poverty rate is 14%.
  • 17% of families with children who are under the age of 5 live in poverty.
  • 11% of families have a female as the head of household, with no male present. 29% of these live in poverty.
  • 3.6% of people over 16 years old are unemployed. (5.5% of the civilian labor force is unemployed.)
  • 10% of our residents are over the age of 65.
  • Nearly 1200 grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.
  • 16% of our residents over the age of 5 have a disability.
  • 42% of adults age 21-64 with a disability are unemployed.
  • 17% of children do not have health insurance.
  • 19% of residence do not have health insurance.
  • 15% of people over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • 7.5% speak Spanish in the home, 46% of whom speak English less than "very well".
  • 30% of all housing units were built before 1960.
  • 12% of all housing units were built before 1940.

All figures according to 2000 Census data

What it Means to be Poor?

The federal government says a family of 4 making less than $21,200 annually, which is $19,886 after deducting FICA, is living in poverty.

How far will $19,886 go in Eastern Idaho for a family of 4?

Maximum Monthly Income $1,657.00
Rent (2 bedroom) ($545.00)
Utilities ($292.00)
Transportation ($588.00)
Food ($587.00)
Health Care ($201.00)
Child Care ($292.00)
Balance ($848.00)

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Economic Policy Institute (epinet.org) Basic Family Budget Calculator (rural Idaho, 2 parent, 2 children) 2007, Idaho Child Care Program, US DOL - Bureau of Labor Statistics - Consumer Expenditures Report 2005

What basic need would you cut back on?

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Health Care
  • Child Care

End of Year Deficit: ($10,176)

This doesn't include other expenses like:

  • Insurance
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Education or school supplies
  • Home and car maintenance or repairs
  • Cleaning supplies and tools
  • Furnishings
  • Recreation
  • Gifts
  • Hygiene supplies

How would you cope?