The local non-profit agency is the Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph. They coordinate/offer some short term financial, and also are a great place to contact for referrals. Resources include.
Utility disconnection and energy bill assistance - In order for families and individuals to receive crisis utilities assistance for paying their winter heat, lights and gas bills, local families must meet income guidelines as established by the federal government for poverty levels and they must also have proof of a disconnection of services in order to get cash.
Help with regular utility payments - In order to be qualified for help from this program, you do not necessarily have to be in a disconnect status on your utility or heating service. However you must meet government poverty guidelines, similar to what is indicated above. A more limited amount of financial assistance and grants are also available during the hot summer and cool winter months, including free fans, air conditioners and utilities payments.
Reaching Higher program is an electric/energy program for applicants whose income is slightly to high for government support. If you are one of the thousands whose income too high for government energy aid, such as LIHEAP or other programs, then this option may be able to help you. Potential applicants must be employed to qualify for Reaching Higher, and they must have a plan for reaching economic stability over the long term, as it was not intended to be a charity care program.
Weatherization and conservation - This energy conservation program was created to help people save on utility bills from free conservation. Get free upgrades to your house to make it more energy efficient, allowing the house to stay cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter.
Head Start - Every child who is enrolled in this federal government supported program receives free medical examinations, dental screenings, immunizations, and mental health evaluations – including treatment plans. In addition, families are provided transportation to and from the Center-based programs.
Referrals and information - A service Called the Financial Stability Coalition was created as the result of a partnership between different local charities, agencies, companies and individuals, and non-profits who are interested in financial services and products for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Andrew, Clinton, and DeKalb Missouri area.
Housing - While limited, there may be funds, or loans, available for rent and paying other expenses such as security deposits. When available in counties such as Andrew or DeKalb, this will be funded by the federal government Community Services Block Grant Program. Other resources include transitional and low income housing.
Call the Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph at (816) 233-8281 to apply for help. Or click more information.
The closest branch is located in St. Joseph. They provide a variety of social services, and are another great place to call for information, limited financial aid, and other support. In addition, a food pantry is located on site and it feeds hundreds of families who are in need of help each year in the community. Call 816.233.3155 to reach a counselor at the Salvation Army.
Another place to turn to for support such as free food is the Cameron Food Pantry - (816) 632-3663
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