Coronavirus: Community Response

What You Can Do Now to Strengthen Our North End Community Response to COVID-19

    1. Flatten the Curve
    2. Spread the Word
    3. Increase/Access Food and Housing Support
    4. Look out for Neighbors (see also Kids)
    5. Support Local Restaurants
    6. Donate to Community Partners (NENA Aid Program)

Flatten the Curve (the basics matter for everyone!) 

Use a mask in public places, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, practice social distancing, isolate yourself if you show even one of the symptoms (dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, etc.) — AND just announced, CDC recommending simple cloth masks when going out in public.  Guidance brochure from the CDC | CDC’s general coronavirus information page 

Increase Community Awareness  

Share this page, post it to social media, email to friends and neighbors, print and share with neighbors who might not be online very much.  Share new resources that should be added this page –

Increase Housing Security 

Provide shelter for yourself and/or others.  Contact these organizations if you need help finding or staying in your home and/or make donations if you can.

    • Jesse Tree of Idaho – provides financial assistance (such as rental or utility assistance), support services, and referrals to other community resources. Prevention strategies also include discharge policies (from hospitals and jails), tenant-landlord mediation, family mediation, housing counseling, and legal assistance, among others. (phone: 208-383-9486)
    • CATCH seeks to move families back into stable housing as quickly as possible by providing financial assistance (such as a security deposit and first month’s rent), light touch case management to ensure reliable income, and connections to community resources. See Our Path Home Connect and Our Path Home Outreach (phone: 208-246-8830)

Increase Food Security 

Provide food for yourself and/or others.  Contact these organizations for food assistance and/or to make a donation of money or other support.

    • Idaho Food Bank – supporting individuals and many local emergency food providers
    • City of Good – enlisting local restaurants to prepare emergency food packages
    • Friendship Feast – continuing Thursday lunch meals at various churches
    • – help replace critical meals lost to school closures
    • Check your kids’ school for lunch distributions organized at some schools
    • Pickup groceries for higher-risk neighbors who shouldn’t be out in stores

Connect with Your Neighbors 

Make sure nobody’s dealing with food, housing or medical challenges on their own.

    • Check on neighbors who might need some help  
    • Put a stuffed bear in the window for little kids doing “bear hunts” on their walks (click for details and more Community Connect Kids Activities)
    • Create or update an email list for your block and share this info there
    • Stay tuned to neighborhood groups on Facebook,, etc.
    • Create a Neighborhood Watch group (NENA has allocated funds for new groups, for more info) 

Support Local Businesses (and the people they employ)  

Our favorite local restaurants employ hundreds of people and need our support.  Here are some restaurants we know are still serving through pick-up and delivery operations.  Some even have dispersed, outside accommodations.  

    • The Boise Co-op is working on online ordering and curbside pickup, for no extra charge
    • Many Hyde Park restaurants are serving through front pick-up windows
    • Sun Ray Cafe, also has some dispersed, stand-up tables on the patio
    • Goody’s – open daily, only a few inside at a time
    • Some restaurants are still operating along State Street and Bogus Basin Road
    • Check your favorite restaurants to see what they’re still offering

Donate to NENA and other groups

Help strengthen the NENA and wider community response.  

    • Any of the programs listed above will need and appreciate whatever you can contribute.
    • Homeless programs like Interfaith Sanctuary and Corpus Christi House need your support.
    • NENA has already allocated $20,000, to organizations serving the North End and larger Boise community, and will donate more as needs continue to arise.  NENA Aid Program

More and different resources available from the City of Boise COVID-19 Page (see below)

Info and Resources from the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Lauren McLean’s March 16th press conference, full statement 

Updates about City facilities, services, and programs can be found here

CDC resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders

Information and resources from the State of Idaho are available here 

Resources for staying connected while maintaining social distance via City’s Facebook page.