Ruth House Women's Shelter Idaho Falls

840 Park Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

(208) 419-0808 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Women's Shelter, Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing

General Information:
The Ruth House is a woman’s shelter of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission which provides emergency, permanent and transitional housing services to adult females 18 years of age and older and women with children. The Ruth House provides a safe and sober environment for women who need to get re-established in the community. The Ruth House provides low cost housing in order for these women to have more time to save money, pay off debts and develop the skills needed for independent living. The Ruth House is a 24 room facility with over 50 beds available. Emergency Housing The Ruth House provides 11 beds in our emergency shelter and 2 rooms designated for women with children specifically for those needing emergency housing services. Check in for the emergency shelter begins at 6:00 pm any night of the week. Permanent Housing The Ruth House provides 9 rooms/beds specifically for those determined to be chronically homeless. To qualify for permanent housing services females must meet the following eligibility requirements: 1. Show proof of either a physical, mental or addiction disability. 2. Homeless for 12 months consecutively from the time of eligibility determination or has experienced at least 4 episodes of being homelessness within the last 3 years. Temporary Housing The Ruth House provides 10 rooms and over 25 beds specifically for those needing transitional housing services. Two of these rooms are specifically designated for women with children. To qualify for temporary housing services females must demonstrate a need to live at the Ruth House in order to get re-established in the community. For current room rates please call (208) 522-1751. The Ruth House Services Residents must be willing to comply with the following services as a condition to live at the Ruth House: 1. Nightly curfew checks. 2. Random drug and alcohol tests. 3. Residents will be assigned a case worker to assist the resident in receiving the needed services to enhance residential stability, increase job search skills/income and develop the skills needed for independent living. 4. Residents must demonstrate the ability to comply with the Ruth House policies in order to live at the Ruth House.


Helpful Definitions For Ruth House Women's Shelter Idaho Falls:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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