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Assistance programs Owensboro and Daviess County.

Find financial help from churches, the government, and non-profits in Daviess County. Locate free food, grants as well as loans that can help pay rent or utility bills. Get emergency financial assistance for housing, gasoline, other other basic needs in the Owensboro area.

Low income families can also get free food, medical, and dental care programs. Seniors, the elderly, or disabled in Daviess County, and just anyone that is struggling, can get assistance from local or national charity organizations that help pay bills or free items in order to help them get back on track in their time of need.

How to get financial help with bills from community action

Anyone that needs help with heating bills, rent, housing expenses, weatherization, or more, then the Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. is the local non-profit community service agency. They have several resources and program for local Owensboro and Daviess County residents.

  • Help with utility and heating bills, in the form of grants and other financial aid, can be provided by Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. The federal government funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides families with a cash grant for utility and heating bills. Low and moderate income households can apply for aid. There are two main components to LIHEAP.
    The first is the Subsidy Component. This will provide ongoing grants that can be applied for everyday energy bills. The second option is the Winter Crisis Component. This service is also for income eligible households, however they also must be within 48 hours of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. They may also have a disconnect notice. Coordinators at the community action agency say they help around 40 to 60 people a day who live in the Owensboro-Daviess County Kentucky area.
    Another resource for energy bills is WinterCare. This program provide funds which are provided by donations from utility customers and local businesses. The funds are raised are then sent to the Lexington Community Action Agency from across the state and they are then distributed two or three times during the winter heating season to local families and individuals. Persons who are LIHEAP Crisis-eligible are also eligible for help from the WinterCare assistance program.




  • Get rent assistance and eviction prevention in Daviess County. The Audubon Area Community Services can provide information and referrals to the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). This housing program can provide short term rent assistance, grants for security and utility bill deposits, money for moving costs, and even such services as credit repair. The goal is to prevent evictions. Statistic show that it is easier to prevent an eviction to keep people in their home than it is to find a home for someone who is homeless. Find other rental assistance programs.
  • Kentucky Weatherization assistance program applications are accepted at the community action agency.  This is another program that is funded by the federal government. It is the country’s largest residential energy efficiency program. Clients of the program can save hundreds of dollars per year on their utility bills. The weatherization program employs personnel and methods which offer the latest technical knowledge and tools to help families conserve energy.
    The primary goal of the Kentucky Weatherization Assistance Program is to help people save money by improving energy efficiency, increase household safety, and another goal is to educate the low to moderate income families about maintaining energy efficiency in their everyday lives. The program's main focus is on low income families and children, the disabled, and the elderly.

The community action agency is located in Owensboro, KY. Call them at (270) 686-1600 to learn more about their resources, or to apply for assistance programs.

Additional agencies for financial assistance, free food, housing and more in Daviess County

Boulware Mission is focused on both preventing homelessness and coordinating shelter in the region. However, a key goal is on addressing the root cause of the hardship, whether that is a lack of education or employment. So the mission offers various forms of help. They also partner with charities (both locally and national ones) to help the poor. More on assistance from charity organizations that help pay bills.

When it comes to self-sufficiency, clients can enroll into GED training or credit counseling. There is also general case management offered. The non-profit can also place low income families as well as the homeless into shelters or transitional housing. Other aid can include government grants for a security deposit on a new home, or maybe funds for back rent. Continue with Boulware Mission housing programs.

Salvation Army - Their main office is in Owenboro. The charity offers social services to the needy and those looking to break the cycle of poverty. Whether it is use of the free food pantry, or shopping at the thrift store, resources are offered.





The agency runs seasonal support services too. This includes school supplies and Angel Tree toy program. Or job seekers in Daviess County can learn about resources for them. So whether it is information on grants for paying bills or rent, a homeless shelter, and other basic needs, find how they can assist. More on Daviess County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Families struggling to buy food can get help. There are a number of free food pantries, soup kitchens, as well as state of Kentucky and federal government resources. Examples of what may be offered include the following.

  • -Food banks and emergency food pantries can provide free groceries, perishable items, hygiene supplies and more.
  • -The elderly, disabled, and homebound in Daviess County can apply for Meals on Wheels.
  • -Government assistance include SNAP food stamps, free infant formula from WIC, and USDA services.

There are other resources as well for the low income, poor, single moms or dads, unemployed and others. Find free food pantries in Daviess County.


By Jon McNamara











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