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Assistance programs in Saline County Kansas.

Free and discounted prescription drugs

The city of Salina and Saline County area residents have a way to possibly save a little money on their prescription drugs. There are free to use (and get) discount cards for savings. the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a Salina Area Drug Discount Card. The card allows residents to access a free prescription assistance program that was recently launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications.

According to the Salina chamber, the prescription assistance program, which is free to all residents, provides savings of up to 75% on medicines and prescription drugs. While the maximum savings are 75%, the average savings are roughly 30%. The Salina Area Drug Card card is new being accepted at all local pharmacies and other medical establishments in Saline county. Medical billing advocates always highly recommend that people use these cards to save money.

One of the key benefits to the card is that Salina Area Drug Card is free, it has no restrictions to membership, including no income or age limitations, and Saline County residents are not even required to complete an application for the card.

The main goal of the Salina Area Drug Card is to help both uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications and provide them with relief during these difficult times. However, the program and card can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many high deductible health plans and also health savings accounts (HSA). Additionally people who do have prescription drug coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. Find additional ways how to get medical bill help. Or for the Chamber of commerce card, dial (785) 827-9301.

Housing and rent assistance

Each year there are Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) allocated to Saline County. The federal government funds are used for a wide variety of housing issues, ranging from shelters to rent help, deposits, and transitional housing. Applications for ESG are taking my non-profits in the region. The homeless and struggling tenants can all apply.




The program focuses on providing residents with rent help and other services that either assist people with obtaining housing or maintain a home/apartment, however unfortunately it is not a mortgage assistance program. Examples of housing assistance funded by the program are short- and medium-term rental assistance, utility and heating bill payments, credit repair, housing search and case management, and moving costs if someone does need to leave their current housing. The referrals to any agencies which may have ESG grants, call 211.

Emergency financial assistance in Saline

One of the leading organizations is Catholic Charities. There are several offices throughout northern and central Kansas. Several services are offered to the poor and low income. Programs are also available for senior citizens and immigrants in the region. Just a few examples are as follows.

  • Financial aid for paying rent or energy bills. While this is more limited, in a crisis Catholic Charities may have funds for Salina and nearby residents.
  • Financing, including low interest loans. It is much better for an individual to use this product then some of the alternative out there. The money can be used for a variety of needs, such as car repairs, debt consolidation, and other uses.
  • Food and meals. While the churches and charity may have some groceries to pass out, they will have referrals.
  • Several other resources are offered. More on Catholic Charities assistance in Northern Kansas.

The Saline County Salvation Army has several programs and social services available. The main office is at 1137 N. Santa Fe Ave in Salina. When you have no other options available, call this non-profit for money for housing needs. If you have an eviction notice or utility disconnection some funds may be offered for rent or paying utility/heating bills. A free fan may be provided during the summer. Other resources include free Christmas assistance, a thrift store, emergency food boxes, holiday meals, and general case management. Even get information on local job training programs. Dial 785-823-2251.

The Community Action of Saline County provides assistance to the less fortunate and low income. There are several primary resources offered by the non-profit, including homeless prevention. This is always in high demand and the agency can help pay rent, security deposits, and coordinate transitional housing.





Numerous other assistance programs and financial aid is available. The elderly can look into loans for buying medical equipment, food pantries are open in the community for all that qualify, applications for LIHEAP are available, and inquire into free income tax assistance. Read more on Community Action Topeka Kansas programs.

Ashby House also focuses on housing needs. They may offer shelter to the homeless or have information on eviction prevention programs. Social workers will also help residents find permanent housing in the county. There are other resources available as well, ranging from a Free Store to Legacy House for women, workshop development, and much more. The main phone number is 785-826-4935, or more on Ashby House assistance programs.

The Food Bank works with churches, local pantries, and feeding centers. The non-profit food bank provides these other places with canned goods, surplus government commodities, baby formula, diapers and more. Then those pantries distribute the items to the needy. Call 785-827-7111 for referrals. Find food pantries in Kansas.

Meals On Wheels will deliver to senior citizens, the disabled and homebound hot breakfasts, lunches, and bags of groceries. A minimal fee may be required. Volunteers are always needed as well. Call 785-823-7555 for information or an appointment.

Other places to call in Saline County Kansas for assistance, including housing, job programs, food, and more include the Salina Rescue Mission (785-823-2610) as well as Goodwill (785-827-8944).

By Jon McNamara

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