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Assistance programs in northern and western Kansas.

Get financial help for bills or housing, and learn where to apply for grants or loans. Emergency funds from charities, government assistance programs, and churches in NW Kansas can help struggling or low income families. There are resources in all counties, including Ellis, Sherman, Ford, and others.

Find free money for helping with energy bills, rent, medical or dental costs, mortgages, and more. Or get free clothes, school supplies or Christmas gifts, legal aid, info on affordable housing, and other support.

Financial and non-monetary assistance

Harvest America Corporation is the local community action agency for the entire region, and they offer the low income and people who are struggling a number of programs. A summary of some of the key resources are below. Call them for more information or to learn about other options. Phone (913) 342-2121.

Receive help with energy bills from LIHEAP. This is a federal government funded assistance program that can assist families with paying for utility costs and bills. Some weatherization/energy conservation services can be applied for as well. You will need to prove your hardship and bring documentation, including proof of income for all adults in the home and details on every household member, such as age and social security numbers.

Referrals and information from the state of Kansas Benefit Bank. The state funded and supported Benefit Bank is a centralized location where all Kansas residents, no matter which town or county they live in, can apply for available government benefits and services. Some examples of what can be applied for include Child Care assistance, income tax assistance; SRS benefits, food stamps, and others. Read more on Kansas public assistance programs.

Foreclosure counseling is available for local homeowners who need delinquency counseling or who are faced with a mortgage default. Highly trained homeownership counselors will meet with borrowers, review their case and answer questions that homeowners have. After reviewing your situation, if you do decide to take steps to prevent a foreclosure of your home, representatives from Harvest America Corporation will contact your lenders or banks and negotiate on your behalf.




They will work with the lenders in an attempt to obtain agreements to avoid the loss of your home, including options such executing forbearance agreements, refinancing or entering into payment plans. Contact them for more information on additional mortgage assistance services. Or click here Harvest America Corporation programs.

The West Region of Kansas is supported by SRS-Social & Rehabilitation Services. A number of employment services and job training programs are offered to help adults get a job and access temporary cash assistance. Programs are offered for low income families while they are receiving services. 1710 Palace Dr, Garden City, Kansas 67846, dial (620) 272-5800.

Lasting Life Ministries, Inc. runs a program known as Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen. This is minister service to help people in need. Resources include clothing, free groceries, housing, rent, finances, and other needs. A secondary activity and service offered will be available, including training such as life skills, job training, budgeting and managing finances. 1515 Williams St, Great Bend, KS 67530

Salvation Army of Barton County runs a number of social services. Including prescription assistance, youth camp, clothing and backpacks for school children who qualify, and financial help with paying rent and utility bills. 2545 10th, Great Bend, Kansas 67530, telephone (620) 792-4299

DCF-KS Department for Children & Families -West Region offers a number of social services and basic needs to families in Barton County and other areas. The government organization is focused on promoting healthy families in western Kansas. Some of the aid offered includes applications for resources such as food stamps, TANF, low income energy assistance and more. Employment solutions are available too. 615 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas 67901, dial (620) 626-3700.





Great Bend Housing Authority runs the section 8 Program for low-income people. They provide low income and public housing, including to seniors, the disabled, and others. 1101 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, Kansas, 67530. Call (620) 793-7761 for intake.

Emmaus House offers a Soup Kitchen, Homeless/Emergency Shelter, and Food Pantry. 802 N 5th. Garden City, Kansas 67846, call (620) 275-2008

Western Catholic Charities can support low income families of any religion and age. A partnership of churches and religious groups have partnered together in an effort to help the less fortunate. A wide variety of assistance programs are offered. They range from free food to meals and financial aid. Housing needs can be addressed by Catholic Charities, including rental assistance and homeless prevention. Others funds can pay utility and heating bills. They also offer free medical and dental care from clinics such as the American Ministries. Read more western area Catholic Charities.

United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries helps people regardless of religion, race, background, or religion. This is a Christian ministry that focuses on Hispanics, but will assist anyone. Services offered by the non-profit charity include emergency financial assistance, family practice medical care, dental clinic, Christian reading materials, immigration services, food and nutrition program, vacation bible school, learning skills classes, and parenting classes, among others. 712 A. St. John St., Garden City, Kansas telephone (620) 275-1766

Hays Churches and Catholic Charities is another option. They partner with both the northern and western branches (see above) to serve the working poor, seniors, and disabled. Some emergency financial aid may be offered for rent, medications, or utilities (as funding allows). Other resources in the Ellis County and nearby areas include food, meals, clothing, help for seniors, low income housing, and more. Some funds may even be used for car repairs, security deposits, housing needs, school supplies, and more. Continue.

Free food pantries in northern and western Kansas

Hoisington Community Food Bank offers emergency assistance on a temporary basis. Get a one weeks supply of food at a time of crisis, and other items like toiletries and even detergent. 467 W. 3rd St., Hoisington, Kansas 67544, call (620) 653-2119

Community Food Bank of Barton County
Address: 3007 10th St.
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
Call (620) 792-4001
Provides free food and meals.

New Hope on the Plains
Emergency food assistance for crisis situations only.
811 Avenue A
Dodge City, KS 67801, telephone number is (620) 225-5753





Free clinics and health centers

Medical and Dental Care clinics in Great Bend, Kansas is located at 1905 19th Street. Local individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay for their medical bills, can access primary healthcare services, including behavioral healthcare, Doctor Office Visits, and Diabetic Education and Counseling. Phone number is (620) 792-5700.

Barton County Health Department supports all local counties, not just Barton. Many services are offered, including they want to ensure all children are current on their vaccinations and medications. The center can provide vaccines to those adults and children who need updates, and they can even provide foreign travel immunization as needed. Location is 1300 Kansas, Ste B, Great Bend, Kansas 67530, call (620) 793-1902


By Jon McNamara

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