Case workers from the Kansas City Salvation Army can help families apply for emergency assistance. The agency can distribute food, housing, shelter, and limited financial help for expenses such as heating or energy bills. The staff from the Salvation Army will also help address stability and self-sufficiency of Kansas City families.
Several different programs and resources are available in the region. A summary of them are below.
Linwood Center offers supportive housing. Homeless families and women can receive case management, action plans, independent living, and other aid. Up to 24 months of shelter is offered. 101 W. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64111, phone 816.756.2769
Johnson County Family Lodge – Both short term and more midterm transitional housing units are offered for residents and needy families. While someone stays there they will also be able to obtain programming in life skills and participate in workshops. 402 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas 66061, dial 913.829.0578
Access House was created from Behavioral Health Network-Homeless Support Project and the Salvation Army. It provides housing and support to mentally ill homeless. Also receive instruction on daily living skills, employment and job training and other counseling/services. 101 W. Linwood, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, dial 816.756.2769
Harbor Light Village – Can provide services for single women, children and families. It can provide housing for some Kansas City families for up to two years. Self-sufficiency, help finding permanent housing, and other support is offered by the Salvation Army as part of this program. 6723 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102, 913.232.5400
Beacon of Hope operates from the Bellefontaine Corps Community Center. A free hot lunch is served to anyone who needs help. Typical recipients include young mothers with children, senior citizens, and homeless people. Meals are provided at 3013-19 E. 9th Street. Blue Valley’s Community Dinner serves a hot dinner and is another option.
Honk ‘n Holler is for homeless people across Jackson County Missouri. It brings them items such as blankets, warm clothing. Food is also served, including soup, sandwiches and coffee. Also get referrals to social services and self-sufficiency services.
Low income and working poor families and seniors who are faced with a crisis can apply for emergency financial assistance. These services are available throughout Missouri and Kansas. Qualified families can receive emergency rental assistance, clothing, utility bill help, food or other assistance. Also meet with a caseworker for longer term help.
Christmas holiday assistance – This includes food, gifts, toys, and other items. Hundreds of families will normally receive some type of support every holiday. Many children and seniors are the main beneficiaries of this Salvation Army program. It goes by the name of Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are delivered to seniors or disabled who are shut-in.
Free fans are offered to low income families by a service known as the Fan Club. There may also be a limited supply of free new or gently used air conditioners for those with life threatening conditions or medical disabilities. Fans are offered by a partnership between Westlake Hardware, KMBC-TV, Appletree Phone Service, and the Salvation Army.
Gift of Warmth is a donation program that was created in order to help Kansas City families needing assistance in paying their winter heating bills. If you donate money to the program, the Salvation Army will distribute your tax deductible contributions to qualifying lower income families. It can pay for any type of winter heating bill, including oil, natural gas, propane, and others. Applicants need to be able to prove their hardship, and also meet certain low income guidelines. This program can only help Kansas Gas customers. 1.877.566.2769 x402
Another option is Share the Warmth, and this is available for families who receive their heat from ATMOS Energy. This is similar to the program above in that it is funded by donations from the community and Atmos, and that it is an emergency financial assistance program. Any cash assistance is paid out on a first come, first serve basis. If funding is available, an applicant can receive at most $200 for paying their bills. Call 1.877.566.2769.
HeatShare is offered by the Kansas City Salvation Army in partnership with Aquila, Inc. The HeatShare program serves as a safety net for struggling and lower income households who need a helping hand with paying their utility bills and who can show and prove that need.
Funding for this resource is also limited, and the disabled and elderly are given priority. Emergency cash funds and assistance may also be offered for low income households and money may be offered for those who may never have asked for financial assistance before. Many people face a crisis from time to time, or a hardship. It can be because of unexpected expenses, such as a death or birth in the family, unexpected job loss, medical emergency, etc. The HeatShare program provides assistance toward both heating and air conditioning bills. Money can go toward paying electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil or wood bills. Grants can also be used to pay for emergency repairs to hot water heaters, furnaces, broken windows, air conditioners, and other energy related equipment. The program is a last resort, safety type net for customers.
Not only can HeatShare provide financial assistance, but it also offers counseling, referrals, and assistance in applying for other energy company resources. Funds can help pay bills during the summer or winter.
Senior assistance is available in Kansas City. The Salvation Army wants to help reduce isolation, loneliness, and ensure the elderly and senior citizens have the support and assistance they need. Salvation Army Community Centers offer volunteer, social, and worship groups.
Dial-A-Ride can provide transportation to elderly and handicapped in the Kansas City area that are unable to drive. The van takes people on trips to the doctor, shopping and other necessary errands.
Housing is also offered for the elderly. Booth Manor in Grandview is a seven-story high-rise that provides safe and affordable housing for senior citizens who are capable of independent living. 816.966.8300. Booth Manor in Kansas City is another option.
Self-sufficiency is offered by Pathway of Hope. This Salvation Army program will target low income families with children in an effort to impact and reverse generational poverty.
A focus is on people who are repeat emergency assistance applicants. Social workers provide long-term case management to help families move beyond crisis mode to increased stability. Since the focus is on families with children, the potential impact of the program is doubled as it helps more than one generation and can break the cycle.
Access long-term intensive case management services. Parents and families can receive life skills training and learn about potential resources to address their specific barriers to increased stability.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families focuses on helping veterans and their find, obtain and maintain permanent stable housing. A government grant pays for the service, and it also offers strength based goal planning to address current gaps in the military members or Veterans ability to secure or maintain sustainable and stable permanent housing.
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