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Greene County Missouri assistance programs.

Low income families can get emergency financial help or government assistance from Family Support. Find assistance to help pay rent, mortgages, back utility bills or security deposits. Or get free food, back to school supplies, winter or summer clothes, furniture or Christmas toys from churches or charities in Greene County. Find how and where to apply for assistance below.

Many resources are offered for low income families, the disabled, as well as senior citizens. Everything from cash aid to applications to Section 8 HCV vouchers near you, loans for paying bills, credit card or auto loan debt help, and more. Springfield and Greene County resources are also combined with job programs as well as case management.

Get help with bills, rent, employment and find energy saving programs from Community Action. Local families and individuals who are struggling in this economy can find resources at the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation as well as other non-profits noted below. This in a non-profit community action agency that provides people with numerous services and offers them options.

  • Rent and housing assistance program - After you find a place to live, this program offered by the community action agency may be able to help keep you in the home. While the program does not offer to pay your monthly rent, it provides several other ways for people to stay in their home or apartment. It will in effect reduce your monthly rent, and your share of the monthly rent that you are responsible for paying will be based upon your household composition, family size, total household income and several other factors.
    You will be responsible for paying approximately 30% of your adjusted monthly income towards your rent and Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation will pay the remaining balance directly to the property owner or apartment manager. So your maximum rent and housing expense will be determined, and your monthly rent will not exceed 30% of your income. This can amount to huge savings for many.
    Also note that you will be responsible for finding the home or apartment of your choice. The housing assistance program does not pay for your security or utility deposits when you have your utility service connected. A housing counselor will be assigned to the applicant when they enroll in this program, and they will always be available to help you make important decisions about your housing and provide you with other advice. Find other ways to get help with rent.





  • Energy and heating bill programs - The agency can direct you to local programs that may be offered by utility and gas companies, and they can also guide you through the federal governments Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). There are two main components to the program. One is Energy Assistance. This is also known as the Winter Heating Energy Assistance Program (EA), and it provides a one-time cash grant / payment that is to be used for assistance with winter heating bills for low-income households. The Winter Heating program runs from October through March each year.
    The second component is the Energy Crisis Intervention Program. This provides immediate utility bill assistance and other forms of relief for qualified households to help them alleviate energy related crisis, including prevent a service disconnection or provide them with fuel if they run out. The Winter Crisis Program run from November through May while the Summer Cooling Crisis Program is from June through September of each year.
  • Weatherization assistance program - Save energy and save money from the Weatherization Program. This is also administered by the OACAC community action agency, and it is a free service for both homeowners or renters who qualify for it. Highly trained weatherization crews will visit your home, and they will provide such services as insulation and repair homes to make them more energy efficient and help them save money on energy bills. Weatherizing can make a home warmer during the winter, cooler during the summer and help save heating and cooling dollars.
  • Job and employment support from Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation - The most important way to overcome a financial hardship is through employment, new career skills, and self-sufficiency. The Greene County Community Action Agency stresses this. To that end, they offer GED training, computer classes, workshops, and other assistance. Or even find free employment placement programs in Missouri.





Stop by the Greene County community action agency at 215 S. Barnes Ave, Springfield, Missouri. Or call them at 417.862.4314 to apply or learn more.

Reduced cost medical and dental care

While it may have an unusual name, The Kitchen Medical and Dental Clinic (phone 837.1504) provides free or low cost medical and dental care. The services offered are also high quality. The clinic focuses its services on people and families with low income, no or limited health insurance and no other resources to help with their medical needs and bills. Find additional ways to get help with medical bills.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center - The community clinic provides a wide range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services to individuals, and low income individuals may be able to receive reduced prices. Call (417) 831-0150 Missouri.

Free dental care is offered as well to the uninsured in Greene County. This can be for adults, children, or seniors who lack dental insurance or that have high deductible plans. It is also for people on government insurance, including Medicaid. Find a list of free dental clinics near you.

Rent, utility, food, and other emergency help

Contact the Springfield Salvation Army at 417-862.5509. The Christian charity group can often times provide assistance. The agency works closely with individuals and families who are facing a crisis, short term hardship, or who are in need of help.

They provide emergency assistance such as shelter, funds for housing, utilities, rent assistance, food, money for paying heating bills, clothing, and furniture from their Social Service Department. There is also seasonal and/or holiday help, including a free Christmas toy store, Thanksgiving turkeys, and back to school supply giveaways.

In addition, they offer some so called social services, such as providing an after-school recreational program, disaster relief assistance, summer day camp program, and senior programs. Call 862.5509, or find more details on Salvation Army assistance programs Greene County.

Another local non-profit is THE KITCHEN, INC.'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH. Dial (417) 837-1512. Services offered by this location include vouchers for paying for food, discounted or gently worn clothing, furniture, and household items. In addition, limited funding and cash grants may be available to assist with paying for monthly rent and utility bill payment assistance.




Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation - The non-profit provides rent assistance to individuals in emergency cases only. In addition, they run the local LIHEAP program, which offers utility and heating bill assistance to those who are in need of help. Carrollton (217) 942-6824

Women in Need - The non-profit provides funds and grants to assist working women with expenses to cover basic needs, such as utility bills, tires, furniture and appliances, car repairs, and childcare for sick children. Springfield Missouri. (417) 234-7338

Greene County housing and emergency rental assistance programs - There are shelters, rent programs, transitional housing, and even security deposit assistance. All of these solutions are intended to stop homelessness. Charities work with the tenant to try to keep them into their home or apartment. More on rent help in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD VICTORY MISSION is another location that provides free food, clothing, furniture, information on government programs, and other basic necessities to families and individuals in need in the Springfield area. (417) 864-2219

Greenfield Food Pantry - The center provides emergency food, groceries and other aid to those who are in need. Can deliver to homebound clients as well. (217) 368-2155

North Green Food Pantry - People can contact the agency at most once every 30 days. They can provide free food to those who are in need. Call (217) 589-4045

Greene County Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) Family Support Center arranged pubic assistance and government benefits. There is energy bill help, free child care vouchers, and applications to SNAP food stamps. They process cash assistance from Missouri Works, process Medicaid applications as well as unemployment claims. Many other resources are run, and they also help when public assistance has been denied. The office is at 2900 E Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65804, (855) 373-4636.

Hand Extended Outreach - Provides both non-perishable and perishable groceries. Springfield Missouri. (417) 848-5433

The Greene County Catholic Charity is one of the leading organizations to turn to for help in Missouri. The charity, and its partner churches, provide support to Springfield and other nearby cities. Various services are offered, including emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills. Homeless prevention services are offered. In addition, case managers can direct people to employment, self-sufficiency and job training resources in the region. Read more Catholic Charity southwest Missouri.

Consumer Credit Counseling of Springfield, which can be reached at (417) 889-7474, provides numerous debt, housing and foreclosure programs. They can also help clients deal with not so typical debt issues, such as car title loans. Call the non-profit agency if you need help in getting back on track with your finances, or if you are facing a foreclosure.





Springfield and regional resources for free food, including pantries, soup kitchens, and applications to government benefits, are available for low income families and those in a crisis. The non-profits may not only offer a free box of groceries, but many of them also serve Christmas or holiday meals, provide personal hygiene items, diapers, and other clothing items. More on food pantries in Greene County.


By Jon McNamara

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