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Assistance programs from Community Action of Topeka Kansas.

If you need help, the United Way in the County has many referrals, including to the Community Action of Topeka Kansas. They are one of the leading agencies to call for assistance, referrals, and information on government benefits. The non-profit and its staff will assist families with overcoming challenges. Case managers will also direct residents to any emergency financial assistance that may be available for their basic needs. The programs offered, as taken from the United Way here, are noted below.

Programs, such as rent help and food, are available for the counties of Clay, Dickinson, Geary, McPherson, Ottawa, Saline, Shawnee, and Wabaunsee. All resources, in particular financial support, is very limited and only a small fraction on applications will be fulfilled.

Apply for emergency financial assistance from Topeka Community Action

Homeless Prevention will transition homeless persons into transitional or permanent housing at the same time as promotes self-sufficiency. As funding allows, clients may receive help with paying security deposits, rent and utilities. This is for people that were just evicted and the more longer term homeless as well. The Topeka Community Action Agency also helps tenants apply for eviction help in Kansas.

For those Shawnee County and Topeka Kansas residents that are facing eviction or a shut off of their power, then emergency assistance may be available when the disconnection of utilities or the missed rent payments will result in eviction and homelessness. Low income levels and other conditions needs to be met by applicants. The program is run from 621 SE Swygart, Topeka, KS 66607. Call 785-235-9296.

Free income Tax Preparation, Counseling Services, E-Filing and Preparation is provided. This is for the elderly and low income. Community Action of Topeka Kansas works in close cooperation with AARP during the income tax season to prepare returns. In some years additional support may be provided throughout the year to respond to questions regarding credits and tax returns. Full documentation, such as ID, previous years returns, income forms, and more will be required. Find more details on Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly.

The Swygart Center, which can be reached at 785-235-9296, has additional details. Spanish speakers from Kansas should also call the Swygart Center to schedule an appointment or to locate a Topeka site with bilingual preparers.




Food assistance, pantries, and distribution is in the region. Distributions will take place in Auburn Kansas one day per month at the Auburn Community Center, 121 W. 11th. Another location is Rossville, Kansas, and this occurs at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, 806 Nishnabe Trail. A Rural Mobile Food Pantry Distribution is also help by the non-profit Community Action, Inc. and Harvesters Food Network. This will pass out free fresh food, fruits and vegetables, canned items, and dry goods on a first-come and served basis. Clients need to bring their own box, sturdy bag or cart to transport the food.

Another option is the food pantry. Grocery and related items are available at Community Action of Topeka’s Swygart Center. This is limited and items are passed out on a first come, first served basis until the pantry is empty. It is recommended to call in advance. Telephone 785-235-9296. Or for a list of more nation resources, including SNAP and others, find various food assistance programs.

The Community Action Agency of Topeka, Shawnee and Clay County and nearby regions partners with free debt counseling agencies as well as the United Way. Together they try to help clients gain, or regain, financial stability. Whether it is by offering budgeting classes or assistance in refinancing/paying off credit card debt, help with auto loans, or savings accounts, financial literacy and knowledge is critical.

The community action agency also helps with transportation. This can include advising Topeka area families on how to pay a car impound fee or to refinance an auto loan. As a focus is on helping low-income families get a car ot truck for work. A number of services are offered. Find more details on debt relief programs.

Help for kids and elderly in Topeka area

Safe Kids of Shawnee County Kansas is an organization that encourages child safety and provides low-cost installation of car safety seats in automobiles for those that qualify. It is part of the worldwide Safe Kids organization. Phone number is 785-235-9296.

Community Action Elderly Services provides a variety of programs that assist residents at least 60 years of age or older. Services will help them maintain their safety, health and independence.





The non-profit organization manages the durable medical equipment loan, commodity delivery programs, and also liquid nutrition. Elderly Services can also assist with completing applications for LIEAP, Weatherization, Share the Warmth, and the Project Deserve utility bill programs.

While more limited, senior citizens in Topeka Kansas can also get help with paying for prescription medications, rent, security and utility deposits, and other aid. This is only for those that are meeting program terms.

The Latino Family Development Program was created by Community Action, Inc. It is an educational and social support program oriented toward children, adults, youth and family within the new Latino Immigrant Population in Topeka. The program includes education, instruction in Basic English for purposes of work, career counseling, and other service. It can help immigrants facilitate the acculturation process to the American society as well as take advantage of the support services provided by Community Action.

The development program has the goal of accelerating healthy social integration, creating a mature understanding and acceptance of socio-cultural differences. Newcomers can also learn about government benefits and employers in Kansas. Call 785-235-9296.

Project Attention is for children. It will support school performance and family stability for low-income and working poor elementary school families. Dial 785-235-9296.

Low income energy bill grants and weatherization measures

Energy assistance is available in Kansas from LIEAP and low income families can save money from Weatherization. Federal government funds are passed out to low income families, seniors, and the disabled as part of LIEAP, and all money needs to go towards paying heating and utility bills.

Weatherization services from Community Action of Topeka Kansas provide families with free energy savings for their home. Contractors can add insulation to your attic and/or walls, provide Minor roof repair, Seal cracks around windows or doors, and offer Testing, cleaning, and tuning your furnace. Mostly as a result of limited government funding, the Topeka agency will focus on measures that will help each home the most and make it safe and comfortable during the winter. It is available in all counties, including Atchison, Shawnee, and Saline.

Topeka Community Action offers other resources too for energy bills. They partner with the state and local utility companies to help struggling families enter into payment plans. Or they offer rebates, grants to help get lights or power back on, resources for the disabled and others. Find other energy bill help in Kansas.





Phone number to apply for Topeka County Action Agency financial aid programs

The main sites of Community Action of Topeka Kansas are as follows. Call for more details on resources available for low income residents. For referrals, dial 211

  • The main address is 455 SE Golf Park Blvd Office 121, Topeka, KS 66605.
  • Head Start center, 2410 SE Highland Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66607
  • Administrative office, 1000 SE Hancock, Topeka, KS 66607.
  • Community services, 621 SE Swygart, Topeka, Kansas 66607.


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