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Clay County Missouri assistance programs.

Emergency as well as mid term financial help is for low income families in Clay County. There are churches, charities, as well as public aid from Human Resources Department or Social Services. There may be grants or loans for help with rent, utilities bills, or medical needs. Or get free food from a pantry or hot meals from soup kitchens. There are also free clothing closets for the low income as well as school supplies or Christmas toys in the Clay County region.

There is emergency help, job programs, free budgeting classes and other services. Free lawyers also give advice. The goal of any emergency help is short term relief as well as long term self-sufficiency.

Legal aid

Low to moderate income families, the elderly and disabled can get free legal services, consultations and assistance. There is help with housing, applying for benefits, eviction prevention and other support from Legal Aid of Western Missouri. This organization serves people in Clay County and Liberty Missouri.

Qualified clients can get help with cases including housing assistance, consumer debts, foreclosure, and tips on applying for governmental benefits. There is also family law, debt collectors, immigration, guardianship problems, and legal aid for helping with predatory mortgage lenders. Attorneys at this non-profit law firm can provide counsel and even represent a client in court. Contact an attorney at (816) 474-6750 for more information.

Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City, also called United Services Community Action Agency

Clay County residents can turn to the local community action agency for immediate help to pay bills if they are facing a crisis. The Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City is a nonprofit, private corporation that is committed to addressing both the immediate and the long term needs of low and moderate income families and individuals that live in the local area.




The community action agency provides crisis intervention programs that include food aid, utility and heating bill assistance, rent help and clothing assistance. People in need can apply for grants or other cash assistance.

In addition, long term solutions that can help people get back on their feet are provided through their housing, case management, employment, foreclosure prevention, education and community level programs. Call them at (816) 358-6868 for more information or to apply for help. This is the local community action agency that offers qualified individuals a wide variety of assistance programs and other free services.

  • Career and Employment Development - The USCAA organization will also help people find a job and develop their skills. The Job Readiness Program is a 2-day, 6 hour-a-day program that was developed to help people find a job. Get assistance with tasks including resume writing, interview skills, access to a computer. The service also includes such things as job search techniques and resume and cover letter writing. Take advantage of this program to help find a job in the weak economy.
  • Rent Assistance - Funds may be available for people and families facing an eviction from thier current home or apartment. Funding is limited, so contact the agency for the latest information.
  • Energy Bills - The agency also administers the federal government funded LIHEAP program. The low income program provides cash grants and weatherization services to low income and other qualified applicants. People can receive hundreds of dollars per year to use towards paying heating and energy bills. Or they can use the weatherization program to help them conserve energy, and therefore reduce their utility and heating bills.
  • Prescription Medication Assistance - Qualified individuals, including low-income people, are provided free access to low-cost and no-cost prescription medication and drugs. This is done as the United Services Community Action Agency will connecting applicants directly to the pharmaceutical companies’ drug assistance programs. Click here for additional prescription drug programs.

Call the United Services Community Action Agency at (816) 358-6868 to learn more. Or click here for details on assistance from United Services Community Action.





Free health and medical care and community clinics

Feel free to contact Cabot Westside Health Center (phone (816) 471-0900) for help. It is an outpatient community health center and it is the only full service, bilingual/Spanish comprehensive health clinic and dental facility that is located in the Clay County and Kansas City. The Cabot health care center helps nearly 7,500 patients annually through 20,000 visits. Most of the people using its services do not have health insurance, or their coverage is very limited.  Services provided at this free health care include family medicine, pediatrics, preventative and restorative dental care, health education and prevention care programs.

Rodgers - Northland Health Center offers care that is based on a patients income. The clinic may be able to provides primary health and medical care services including physical examinations, treatment of health issues, women's health, immunizations & vaccinations, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment. Dental care is offered for children only. Phone (816) 413-0662.

Help for heating bills, rent, and other aid in Clay County Missouri

Love Inc., which is located in Liberty Missouri, offers emergency assistance for basic needs, such as rent and utility bills, for eligible residents of Clay County, Missouri. There are many churches that are part of LOVE INC. There are also basic needs including everything from free food to home repairs, baby supplies, hygiene items and support for the elderly too. Dial (816) 781-3200, or more on LOVE INC Clay County Missouri.

Salvation Army of Liberty Missouri and Clay County is a non-profit that may be able to provide electric, gas, water and rent assistance programs. In addition to grants for those needs, the Liberty location may have referrals to other services as needed. For example, get referred to legal aid, housing, security deposit and such programs as loan modifications from attorneys.

Free items are given out too. They include furniture; free school supplies or backpacks; Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas toys. To learn more on this agency, call (816)421-2243. Or find more details on Salvation Army programs in Clay County.

Saint Andrew The Apostle Church - The church provides and sponsors emergency financial assistance including help for paying utilities, rent, deposits, free food and prescriptions. They also work closely with St. Benedict's Thrift Shop in Pleasant Valley, MO. Gladstone Missouri. Call (816) 453-2089

Northland Assistance Center - This non-profit provides heating and utility assistance, including help for paying gas, electric and water bills. Housing needs met by NAC including rent assistance, security deposit and rent deposit assistance. Or try the non-profit for prescription assistance and access to a grocery and food pantry. North Kansas City. Dial (816) 421-2243, or find financial help from Northland Assistance Center.

Metro Lutheran Ministry - People of all faiths can turn to this location for help and advice. They can coordinate social service programs which include services to elderly, emergency assistance (rent, mortgage, utilities, heating, food/commodities and clothing), housing and foreclosure counseling, budget management, pre-job training and job development, debt reduction. Commodities and food are also available for Clay County, Mo. only. Call (816) 454-5295, or find more help from Metro Lutheran Ministry.





Liberty Human Resources Department is the main government assistance office. They give applications with some or all of the following. The low income, people living in poverty, the unemployed and seniors/disabled are the main clients. Public aid in Clay County may include the following.

  • -Food assistance from SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers for government benefits.
  • -Cash aid or TANF welfare. This is a temporary cash assistance program. There are also SSI disability applications and welfare programs or free handicapped transportation services.
  • -Free government health insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare applications.
  • -Resources for senior citizens, including medications, elder care and nursing home services.

Other government aid is offered too. The Human Resources - Social Service agency is at 11 S Water St, Liberty, MO 64068. Call (816) 736-8351, or find more on government assistance.

Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs Missouri - A non-profit that is committed to helping the needy. The agency can provide emergency assistance with providing and offering shelter, utilities, food, clothing, transportation, groceries, and medical, health care and information on financial help organizations. Limited furniture is available. Call (816) 630-2718

Church of the Annunciation - Offers church based emergency assistance providing utility, heating, rent and housing assistance. The Church of the Annunciation will try to help clients meet basic needs in emergency situations. Kearney (816) 628-5030 x 100

United Services - Northland of Clay County. This non-profit addresses and confronts the immediate and long-term needs of low-income persons, the unemployed, and working poor through case management, clothing/food pantries, groceries, job finding assistance, individual development accounts and utility bill assistance. (816) 459-9615

Lee's Summit Social Services provides assistance to certain towns in Clay County. Residents of Lone Jac, Lee's Summit, Greenwood, and Lake Lotawana may all look into the following programs. Housing needs including rent, utilities, or even mortgage help or section 8 vouchers. They also help very low income families or those living in poverty apply for section 8 HCV in Missouri near you.

Some medical needs include eye exams, prescription eyeglasses, medications and dental care. Other miscellaneous items such as household and personal items as well as clothing and baby supplies may be offered along with money management. Address is 108 SE 4th Street, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Call (816) 525-4357.

Saint Charles Church may be able to assist with rent and utilities for those faced with eviction or disconnection. Call (816) 468-5153

Find help during the holidays from charities. Using donations from the Clay County community, various Adopt a Family programs offer free food, toys, meals, and other goods to children. Other clients of the Christmas programs are the working poor, seniors, and disabled. Learn more on free holiday help in Kansas City area.

Community Services League supports Clay County, Liberty, and other cities and towns. A case management system that is strength based addresses employment, financial literacy, as well as financial help in a crisis. There is eviction or foreclosure help, emergency food, basic household items including diapers, and an Emergency Assistance (EAP) Program with grants. Or get help in applying for SNAP in Clay County, cash assistance, free school supplies and other goods. Continue with financial help from Community Services.







Food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks

In as Much Ministry of Liberty Missouri provides access to food pantry and occasionally food vouchers. Dial (816) 781-6357.

Saint Charles Church can help residents of Clay County. They are a church based food pantry. (816) 468-5153

Englewood Baptist Church (Phone (816) 453-0975) is another church that offers food and aid.

Avondale United Methodist Church operates a food pantry. Free groceries, canned goods and more may be passed out. The location is in Clay County at 3135 NE Winn Road in Kansas City. Call (816) 452-3518 for hours and intake.

Good Shepherd Pantry is another center to try if you live in Clay County. (816) 734-2216

Nashua Baptist Church is located at 11408 N. Main Street in Kansas City. Dial (816) 734-4046 for information on their meal and food assistance programs.

Clay County families can also turn to one of many other food pantries or government programs. There are churches that serve hot meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Or pantries offer free groceries, hygiene items, and even clothing such as winter coats. Last, but not least, apply for food stamps or summer snacks for students. More on Clay County Missouri free food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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