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Assistance programs Buchanan County

Financial help is for low-income families, seniors and disabled people in Buchanan County. Get grant money to assist with rent or electric bills. Or get free food, clothes, transportation help and other support. Locate financial assistance near you in Buchanan County MO.

Emergency help from community action in Buchanan County

Low and moderate income people who live in Northwest Missouri and Buchanan County can turn to the  Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph. They have numerous social services and assistance programs for low-income families who are struggling.

  • Utility and heating bill assistance from Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is offered, with applications for disabled adults and the elderly first.
    • Everyday, Basic Assistance - This is a component of the federally funded energy bill assistance program. It will help those people who have a low income. You do not need to have a disconnect notice to benefit from this program. It will provide grants and other assistance for utility bills. Even free fans can be provided for the summertime.
    • Emergency Assistance - This will help people who are facing imminent disconnection, those who have run out of fuel, and those who currently have a disconnect notice. To receive assistance from this crisis component, which will provide funds for heating, utility, and gas bills, applicants must be facing a crisis.
    • Reaching Higher program - A limited amount of utility and heating bill assistance is available from this program which is offered by the Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph. To receive help from this program, the applicant needs to be employed to qualify for Reaching Higher. In addition, the applicant must have a plan for reaching economic stability over the longer term.
  • Rent assistance - If you are facing an eviction, the agency has funds from the federal government’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. They distribute money that will prevent families from being evicted and becoming homeless. The families applying need to have some source of income, no matter how limited.
    • Services offered as part of this program and that will be included are funds for rental assistance, grants to pay for security and utility deposits, first months rent, and more. Participants and applicants will be expected to participate in financial literacy classes that are aimed to teach them how to spend their money wisely. For example, credit and debt counseling, credit repairs, and other classes.




  • Debt counseling and financial literacy is offered for free in Buchanan County. The community action agency also strives to ensure people are self sufficient over the long term. In order to help meet that goal, they provide various resources. They provide services to those who have a lack of knowledge about credit card debt, budgeting and money management. Various credit counseling, budgeting, debt settlement, and money management classes are offered throughout the course of the year, regardless of someone’s income.
  • Employment assistance and counseling is a focus. Another option is the Missouri Career Center. They partner with the community action agency, and they  plan to offer specialized classes, career counseling, GED completion courses, job training, and help with resumes. Hundreds of people may be able to benefit from this program per year.

They are located at 817 Monterey Street St. Joseph, MO 64503. Stop by to learn more about their assistance programs, or feel free to call them at (816) 233-8281. For more details on the agency, find more Greater St. Joseph community action programs.

Additional financial support or food in Buchanan County

Interfaith Community Services - Calvin Center administers programs for low income families, the homeless and individuals. This may include emergency utility or rent assistance, including grants. Other services include free food, home delivered meals, or in home care for the elderly.

  • Interserv also offers referrals and help to immigrants as well as migrant farm workers in Buchanan County. Resources for the homeless may be shelter or information on security deposit programs. Address is1412 N 3rd St, St Joseph, MO 64505. Phone: (816) 387-8281

Catholic Charities supports Saint Joseph and he entire region. They may have referrals, case management, food, free Christmas assistance and other aid. While financial aid is limited, the churches that are part of the organization will have limited funds. A major focus is on helping single mothers, seniors in Buchanan County and those facing DV. Call (816) 659-8225





Salvation Army of Buchanan County has many emergency assistance programs and long term support. A free food distribution center gives out groceries or serves holiday meals, both a Christmas and Thanksgiving. There is hardship funds for back rent, money for power bills, and free school supplies.

  • The Salvation Army also has a low cost thrift store, substance abuse services, and free clothes, furniture and other stuff from 602 Messanie St, St Joseph, MO 64501. Phone: (816) 232-5824, or look here for Salvation Army utility help in Missouri.

Holt Ministerial Alliance has limited energy bill assistance and free clothing for residents of Kearney School District only. The location is 225 Main, Holt, MO 64048, dial (816) 615-9671.

Community Missions is a homeless shelter and free soup kitchen. Get a hot meal, clothes, sleeping bags and other goods from 700 Olive St, St Joseph, MO 64501. Call (816) 390-8884

Income based medical and dental is for low-income families and people with no insurance in St. Joseph County. Physicals, immunizations, dental cleanings, free root canals, eye exams and more is offered. There is Northwest Family Dental at 2911 S. Belt Hwy, Saint Joseph, MO 64503 (call (816) 364-6444) or the South Side Health Center is at 5001 Lake Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64504 (phone 816-238-7788)

City of St. Joseph Housing Authority offers rent assistance, Section 8, and public housing. There is also income based housing and apartments from 2902 S 36th St, St Joseph, MO 64503. The main number is (816) 236-8200, or look here for help paying rent in MO.


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