Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency assistance programs.

Find help from the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency, which is a leading non-profit for the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Schuyler, and Scotland. The organizations tries to solve basic needs, such as food from the Christian Community Depot or emergency rent help, as well as coordinate long term support, including GED services and applications to government grants.

Over a several month long period of time, NMCAA has partnered with the Salvation Army, Christian Community Food Depot, NEMO Senior Center, and Head Start to provide over 1,000 pounds of fresh garden produce to lower income area residents. This involves the client participating as well.

In keeping with the agencies mission to offer a hand up, not a handout in Knox and other counties, they have decided to adjust the approach by helping clients grow and cultivate their own fresh produce. This service will lead to self-sufficiency, and takes place at the Jamison Street Community Garden. The location is behind the Head Start center, between the County Health Department and Preferred Family.

Community Garden participants have access to free money to pay for seeds, healthy plants, fenced garden plots, gardening tools, water, stakes, tomato cages, and string. Staff from Northeast Missouri Community Action also provide instruction and tips on gardening to help them begin to provide for themselves and their families.

Helping the homeless or tenants facing eviction is another important focus for NMCAA. Available services include emergency financial assistance. There may be funds for utility deposits, loans to pay a portion of rent, one-time mortgage payments, and referrals to free public housing. Or the homeless can be referred to shelters in Scotland or Adiar County. If those solutions are not aquequte, find additional sources of free grants or government money.

Home heating bill assistance programs that are available through NMCAA and the Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program include the following. Money is available to coordinate the resources listed below. They are always federal funded.

ECIP - Energy Crisis Intervention is for households in the territory whose service has been shut off. Applicants to NMCAA are required to show one or more disconnect notices to receive benefits. When possible, the agency provides enough funding to cover the amount necessary to resolve the crisis and reinstate the heating service, with grant payments made directly to either the primary or secondary heating source vendor.





Based on government funding levels, a household may receive up to $800 in winter crisis assistance or up to $300 in summer utility bill crisis assistance. The benefit amounts are solely dependent on funding availability.

Energy Assistance, or EA in Missouri, is available to low-income households once each winter. The period runs from October through May, as long as funds are available. Payments are made directly to the primary heating vendor of the clients.

The grant amount paid by Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency is based on household income, size, funding levels, and the type of fuel used to heat the home. Applications for this federally funded mail-in program are available at all offices.

Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency provides energy-efficient measures and minor home repairs, with the goal of enhancing the health, safety and comfort of the home. Air-conditioning unit loans are also available. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to benefit from conservation.

NMCAA educational programs

Head Start promotes the optimal social, physical, intellectual and emotional growth and development of preschool aged children from low-income families in all areas, including Clark, Knox, and Schuyler County. This is accomplished through the provision of comprehensive services, with special priority given to the early reading and math skills needed for them to be successful in school and well into the future.

At the same time, the NMCAA administered program sees the parents as the primary nurturers and educators of their children. Staff from the non-profit will encourage them to participate in their children's learning, as well as in the administrative side of Head Start activities. Eligibility is determined based on household income and employment status; the child's age; and any special needs, both for the child and the family as a whole.





Based on the enrollment levels, Head Start provides free grants to agencies that provide its services. The community action and federal government will help fund local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies. Read more on how Head Start helps children.

Using state and federal funding, Early Head Start (EHS) serves the younger generation. Clients of this community action service are low-income pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, and their families. The ES mission is to enhance the development of very young children; promote healthy prenatal outcomes and promote healthy functioning for families.

Available services include developmental screenings and assessments, free medical and dental exams and follow-up, and home visits. Eligibility is based on federal standards. Staff from Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency will review the client's income and employment status and other factors.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, community action, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all partner on the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This is a form of support that is for children or seniors in adult day care settings in Schuyler County and nearby towns. Licensed and registered family child care homes and licensed group child care homes in private residences can participate in CACFP, and this is not directly offered to the public.




NMCAA offers General Education Diploma (GED) classes that not only prepare students for the test itself, but also eliminate financial barriers and costs. Free money is provided to applicants so they can purchase the books and clothing they need as well. Many people, especially the working poor, have those barriers that can stand in the way of successfully earning the GED. The class is available each week at the Clark County Outreach Office in Kahoka Missouri.

Northeast Missouri Community Action has several locations in the area. Some only offer Head start or similar services. The main centers are below.

  • Scotland County -  Memphis Head Start Center, 238 N. Johnson, Memphis, MO 63555, dial 660-465-2514
  • Schuyler Head Start Center is at 302 State Highway M, Glenwood, MO 63541, telephone – 660-457-3603.
  • Knox County and the Edina Head Start Center - 401 N. First, Edina, MO 63537, dial 660-397-3428
  • Adair County is served by the main office. The location is 215 N. Elson, Kirksville, MO 63501, call 660-665-9855
  • Clark County Outreach - 157 E. Commercial, Kahoka, Missouri 63445, phone 660-727-2861.


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