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Assistance programs Cass County.

There are many ways to get help or free items. Find churches, charities, and government assistance programs that help low income or struggling families. There is emergency rent or utility bill help, free food and medical care from pantries or community clinics, debt reduction programs and much more.

When in a crisis, families often need free items or counseling too. That is why charities may pass out free back to school supplies or sign up families for debt management plans. Or they offer job placement services, budgeting, and even pass out free Christmas toys or meals.

A couple non-profit agencies to contact for help include West Central Missouri Community Action Agency as well as the Salvation Army of Harrisonville. Find information on these agencies and the programs they offer below, as well as some other options.

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency

This is the local Cass County and Harrisonville community action agency. They offer both short term assistance, and programs to help people become self-sufficient over the long term.

  • Foreclosure prevention and housing counseling - The agency is a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) approved Housing Counseling Agency, and they offer numerous foreclosure prevention programs. Through this housing assistance program counseling services are provided in the following areas, include debt and credit reduction, mortgage assistance, and foreclosure mediation. Learn more about government foreclosure programs.
  • Emergency Grants and Funds: Qualified Cass county residents have available to them emergency financial assistance and funds from WCMCAA. In addition, private donations and other outside agencies may also provide funding to help families and individuals with emergencies that are not available through any other assistance program or agency, such as: medical costs and bills, transportation expenses, clothing, shoes, glasses repairs, prescriptions, rent, and more.




  • In-Home Health Services - Offered for elderly and disabled individuals. Qualified patients can receive access to a variety of health care programs.
  • Rent and eviction prevention programs: Households and individuals that meet the federal definition of homelessness are able to apply for assistance to pay for first months rent, utility deposits, rent deposits, and other expenses related to establishing a home for a family.
  • Weatherization program - This is a federal government funded program and it was created to help reduce energy bills in the winter and summer for low to moderate income families through increased home energy efficiency and free conservation improvements.
  • Appliance repair and replacement - Programs offered by the community action agency can provide for the repair or replacement of heating systems, plumbing, wiring, and other home updates.
  • Employment - The West Central Community Action works with clients on long term stability. Whether saving or investing, or employment, it is a focus. Even learn about side gigs and hobbies for income.
  • Energy Bill Assistance: Programs such as the Missouri and federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Dollar More, Energy Aid, as well as  Emergency Shelter Grant Program. There is also the Emergency Food and Shelter Program all contribute to assisting individuals and  families in paying for utility costs such as heating bills, electricity, propane, natural gas, kerosene, wood and heating fuel oil.

Call the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency at (660) 476-2185 .Case managers will offer referrals, applications to programs, and more. Read programs from West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.

Help for food, bills, and housing

Low income families can apply for free holiday assistance. The goal of many churches and charities is to offer a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal to everyone from the Cass County community. There may also be free Christmas gifts, food baskets, toys, and other items passed out. Click more information Cass free holiday programs.

Food, meals, and hunger prevention services in Cass County are always an option. Several non-profit organizations or charities, such as Lord Of Love Lutheran Church, offer emergency boxes of food or serve a hot meal.

Other charities assist at the holidays or offer information on government aid such as SNAP food stamps. There are various resources available, and learn more on Cass County food pantries.





Cass County Community Services League provides EAP (emergency financial assistance), cash grants to pay energy bills, and free HUD foreclosure and eviction prevention counseling. They also operate Coats for Kids, Work Express for job placement, and emergency funds for back rent or utility bills. Find more assistance from Community Services League.

Salvation Army of Harrisonville

The agency provides emergency assistance, including help for rent, heating and utility bills, prescription vouchers, and more. In some cases a grant is issued by the Salvation Army, or they offer referrals. Other support can include shelter or information on security deposit assistance from government sources.

The Christian faith based charity also offers seasonal items as well as case management. This ranges from extra money for heating bill during the winter to free Christmas toys or meals, Thanksgiving dinners, and school supplies or uniforms. The case management from the Salvation Army also assists with stability. Call them at (816) 380-3505, or more on Cass County Salvation Army services.


By Jon McNamara

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