There are several places people can turn to if they need help. Local non-profit organizations and charities can help with utility bills, rent, provide food, debt counseling, and more. Find information on many of the organizations below.
The Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corporation, which is located at #2 Merchant Drive (P.O. Box 920), Hillsboro, Missouri 63050, phone number Telephone: (636) 789-2686, has several different programs. They include an energy bill assistance program. (EA)
The EA program runs from October 1st thru March 31st of every year. It will pay for peoples primary heating and utility bill only. During the month of October they only accept applications for the disabled and the elderly. Grant amounts provided to applicants will be determined by the applicants household size and total household income. This grant is awarded once a program year to participants. There is also a Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which provides immediate cash grants for people who are about to have their service disconnected, or if they are about to run out of fuel. Another component is the summer Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). Summer ECIP will pay on electric and utility bills only. The applicant must be in threat of or have been shut off on electric. This program runs from June 1st thru September 30th, 2010, unless funds have been exhausted prior to that date. Apply early, and find other ways to get help with energy bills.
Another option is the Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation's Weatherization Assistance Program. This is a free program that will complete, on homeowners behalf, home energy efficiency measures and updates. The program's primary goal is to help people reduce energy costs and heating bills by improving the energy efficiency in homes. A side benefit is it will also address health and safety concerns. The program will identify air sealing areas, insulation needs, and inspect heating systems for safety and efficiency. All of these services are free.
Weatherization services and updates done to a home may include, but not be limited to, weatherstripping, installing insulation in walls, floors, and attics, and caulking to seal off air leaks. People can also get free door and window replacement for mobile homes, and window glass replacement for houses. A heating and cooling contractor may make necessary furnace repairs and tune up existing heating and cooling systems, and possible gas and oil furnace replacement (owner-occupied homes only).
Once everything is installed and these updates are complete, these energy saving measures help homeowners to reduce heating and cooling bill for many years. The weatherization program will help make your home warmer and safer, and save money.
There are many other programs administered by JFCAC, however most rely on partners such as the federal government for funding. Other example include educational and child development from Head Start, or government grants for paying rent from Section 8. Self-sufficiency is also a key service administered to Jefferson County families, as the agency wants people to gain self-sufficiency.
The best place to contact to learn more about these agencies and program is the Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corporation. Call them at (636) 789-2686, or learn more Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation.
This local organization will assist people with paying for their rent and utility bills. In addition, they also provide school supplies for children, including clothing and books.
Another Jefferson County charity organization is The Ladies of Charity. This group provides resources and other services that will provide emergency food, medical, free prescriptions, and rent assistance to poor families in Hillsboro and Jefferson County Missouri.
Hillside Presbyterian Church, which is located in House Spring Missouri (636) 671-8075, offers a small amount of assistance for paying rent and heating bills to people within their service area and community. They will also refer applicants to Big River Ministerial Alliance and other churches for further assistance with bills and rent when needed.
Feed My People helps people in Jefferson County and Hillsboro Missouri. The non-profit can be called at (636) 677-9885. They offers an emergency fund for paying bills, including utilities, health care, rent and medicines. In addition, they will partner with and leverage funds with other local charities and agencies when necessary.
Hunger prevention is available from the hotline at Operation Food Share. Learn about pantries and food banks in Jefferson County Missouri. The organization also offers hot meals to the homebound, free lunches and breakfasts for students, and surplus government commodities. Click here.
Catholic Charities (phone (636) 931-5859) provides mentoring, financial, debt and budgeting counseling, skills development, help with obtaining WIC and food stamps, assists with locating low cost or free child care and schools, gives referrals for free legal assistance. While not as common, the church may have limited financial assistance or short term loans for bills, translates documents, provides interpretation services and helps individuals advocate for themselves and on their behalf. Food and health care concerns can be addressed. Foreclosure counseling may also be provided by the agency.
Jefferson County and regional Salvation Army - Another leading non-profit is the Salvation Army. They administer several social service programs. May have emergency funds for rent and other expenses like utilities and medications. Food, clothing, and other aid can be provided to Hillsboro and Jefferson County Missouri families too. Find a listing of Missouri Salvation Army centers.
Eviction and rent help - When facing homelessness, several churches and government affiliated agencies may be able to help. They offer free landlord-tenant mediation, money to pay a portion of the rent due, security deposit help, and more. Assistance is available for everyone from the lower income to disabled, provided they have some sort of income to sustain the housing on their own. More on Jefferson County Missouri rental assistance.
If people need help with a meal, or some food to make it through a short term hardship, the De Soto Food Pantry also continues to provide aid. They do the all so important work of providing food staples and groceries to people. Over forty volunteers will assist between 200 and 225 families each month and provide them food. Phone 972-223-4050
Hillsboro Food Pantry Inc. provides food to families in the Hillsboro area. (636) 789-2933
The Arnold Food Pantry provides free food to low income and those who are in need. Also, the center may be able to provide personal care items, formula, baby food and diapers if available. Dial (636)287-3663.
Several other charities in Jefferson County have on site food pantries. Most are only open a couple days per week, but they do try to help during a crisis. They also operate year round programs, such as charities may offer free Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets or gifts, or they help very low income families apply for SNAP food stamps. Find more details on free food pantries in Jefferson County.
Clearpoint Credit Solutions Arnold can be contacted for foreclosure, Credit, Budget, Debt, and Mortgage Delinquency Counseling: A financial specialist or housing counselor will meet with the client to review and evaluate his/her current financial situation; review the terms of their home loan, evaluate personal financial goals and create an action plan, and develop a strategy to manage creditor payments as part of a balanced budget. They can also help with bankruptcy and provide advice. (636) 282-2227
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