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Audrain, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Osage County assistance programs.

The local Community Action administers or can help people apply for emergency assistance and case management services.

The Energy Bill Crisis Intervention Program is available during the winter and summer. The application period starts during October. Any person who applies for aid needs to have a disconnection notice on their account, or they already need to be shut off. This is the only time when crisis financial assistance will be offered. While funding varies, several hundred dollars may be offered in the winter and a few hundred during the summer.

Another option is more the regular, ongoing Energy Assistance (EA) Program. This is offered for low income families, elderly, or disabled. The amount paid out will vary based on the applicant’s income and household size.

Community Action also runs the Weatherization Assistance Program for families in Moniteau and Howard County, as well as other nearby towns and cities. Services can help people reduce the amount of their utility bills, increase energy efficient housing, and provide comfortable and safe housing for program recipients.

The government funded Weatherization Assistance Program can help people achieve a healthy home environment and also increase their energy conservation. This is offered for people with lower incomes. Weatherization can help persons who are least able to afford high energy costs save money.

Head Start helps children get ready for school and develop educational skills. Each child will also receive a comprehensive health screen, dental and physical examination from this federal government program. Food and free baby formula and baby supplies are provided from birth to 12 months as well as part of Early Head Start. A focus is on getting kids healthy and ready for school.

Foreclosure counseling is provided by two certified housing counselors trained in foreclosure intervention and who have information on mortgage assistance programs.

The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program is offered for working poor and very low income in Cooper, Howard, and Osage Missouri. The community action agency runs the program on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.




The government housing choice voucher program can assist the elderly, very low-income families, and the disabled with paying their rent for decent, safe and sanitary apartments and housing. While certain housing units need to be selected based on price, a Missouri family that is issued a housing voucher needs to find a suitable housing unit on their own. Rental units that are selected also need to be minimum standards of health and safety. Read more.

Budgeting and credit workshops are offered by the non-profit Community Action. Get tips on better ways to spend money wisely, discuss ways to save, and learn how to set financial goals. Go over setting up a budget, and learn the dangers of predatory lending. Learn about your credit scores and why it is so important to your financial health. Get advice and tips for how to raise your credit and improve scores. You will learn how to deal with debt collectors, avoid consumer scams, consolidate loans, and even how to protect yourself from identity theft.

If you need advice or support, the Community Action for the region is an option. There are programs across a wide service area, but they have other offices for the counties of Osage, Cooper, and Audrain. All resources available can change and are based on funding levels. Contact them to learn more.

Boonslick Ministerial Alliance – This center may have some emergency financial assistance. Potential applicants need to call for details on the financial assistance available. The center may provide up to $50 for paying utilities, rent or heating bills. (660) 888-9750

Welcome Home, Inc. – Supports veterans in the area, including Cooper and Howard County. They can establish a transitional living facility for veterans in danger of becoming homeless as well as currently homeless military personnel or veterans. Emergency food and transit passes to veterans may be provided too. 1206 Rangeline, Columbia, MO 65202, dial (573) 443-8001





Mexico Area Help Center – Offers emergency food pantry services, and is available one per month. (573) 581-3238

Called Anointed Sent, Inc. of Belle Missouri can be reached at (573) 859-3001. The location is a food pantry that provides canned goods, non-perishable and fresh, perishable groceries. In addition to the emergency food, clients of the pantry are given a card good for receiving free clothing items from the local Blessings Galore Store. Read more Missouri food pantries.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors offers emergency food in the Boonville, Missouri area. Spcial holiday assistance may be administered as well. Phone (660) 888-9750

Hannibal Clinic – This center offers a variety of free or affordable health care services and programs to area residents, low income, and uninsured. A sliding fee scale can be used to pay for Wellness Programs, Glaucoma Screening, HPV Immunizations, Mammograms, Specialized Information and Referral, and Vision Screening. 425 North Galloway Road, Vandalia, MO 63382, call (573) 594-3832

Family Health Center of Boone County is a Federally Qualified Health Center. Patients of all incomes are supported and not turned away. Offers annual physical examinations and follow-up care, referrals for dental and eye care. Other services available include chronic disease management, family planning, medication assistance, newborn and pediatric care, and even referrals and information on mental health care. Call (573) 214-2314 for intake.

Moniteau County Health Center offers so basic health care, such as health screening and diagnostic services. 401 South Francis, California, Missouri 65018, call (573) 796-3412



By Jon McNamara


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