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Barry, Dade, and Dallas County assistance programs.

Find a list of resources (including financial help and free stuff) that can help low income families. There are non-profits for rent assistance or funds to pay utility bills in Barry as well as Dade County. Loan programs can assist with home repairs, security deposits, or transportation needs in Dallas County and the area too. Also find churches or charities that may provide free food or clothes, housing programs, and other assistance in the 3 county region.

Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation

Neighborhood Centers throughout Dade, Dallas, and Barry counties work closely and on a one on one basis with individuals and families to help anyone who needs help achieve self-sufficiency and stability. Counseling and advice is free. Services offered by the local community action agency include emergency financial assistance, Life Skills workshops, loans for paying rent, one-on-one Family Support and Targeted Coaching, and referrals to other community programs, charities, or government programs. The agency administers a number of governmental and community funds, all of which are currently being used to provide free food, rent assistance, or mortgage assistance and utility bill assistance.

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation also runs the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and is is offered from two assistance programs. One is the Energy Assistance program, which provides a one-time grant/financial payment for assistance with paying winter heating bills for low income eligible households. The other part of LIHEAP is the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which can help prevent a disconnection.

Head  Start is also offered, which can cover preschool, child care, and health issues for low income children. It is an effective resource for getting kids off on the right food.

Call the community action agency at (417) 862-4314.

Salvation Army of Barry, Dade and Dallas Missouri

Several different energy bill programs are offered, many in partnership with local utility companies. The programs include the following:




Kansas Gas Service - The program they run is known as Gift of Warmth. There are certain low income standards that need to be met.

Atmos Energy - The HeatShare utility/heating bill assistance program was created by this power company and the Salvation Army administers it. At most $200 is paid to a qualified applicant. The program runs from October 1 to April 30 of each and every year, and funds are limited. So apply early.

HeatShare - This program is available across Kansas. It is a utility bill assistance program that is administered through local Salvation Army offices. The programs really serves as a safety net for households who need a helping hand with their utility bill and can show that provable need, and if they have no other options to turn to for help. As most of the energy programs, HeatShare assistance is available until funding is exhausted. Assistance can be offered to the low income for heating, cooling, electric, and all forms of utility bills.

Emergency financial assistance - Funds can help pay for rent, utility expenses, clothing, food, medications or other required assistance.

Food banks and pantries - The Salvation Army has information on local food banks and pantries in Missouri. Get free food, groceries, perishable items, and other aid from a local Missouri food pantry.

Seasonal assistance programs are available. The Salvation Army can offer everything from free Christmas toys to backpacks for of school supplies through Dallas and nearby Counties. Or get free Christmas meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, and more.

Call the nearest Salvation Army at (479) 636-8522.





Central Community United Methodist Church

The church provides emergency funds and financial assistance through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Financial aid can be used to pay for food and utility bill assistance; funding is limited; call for additional details or to apply. (417) 858-6707

By Jon McNamara














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