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MO DNR Weatherization Assistance
In 1977, The Missouri Department of Natural Resources responded to the energy crisis of the early 1970s, establishing the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (LIWAP) in the Division of Energy. The program provides cost-effective energy-efficient home improvements to Missouri’s low income households, especially the elderly, children, those with physical disadvantages, and others hit hardest by high utility costs. The program aims to lower utility bills and improve comfort while ensuring health and safety. Today, weatherization is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program.
Learn more about MO DNR Weatherization Assistance Program by clicking on this link: https://energy.mo.gov/assistance-programs/liwap
P-EBT is a benefit available for children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch but did not get meals at school or daycare due to COVID-19 closures (see attached flyer). The paper-only application closes on July 31, 2021, so OFS is working to share this information with anyone who might be eligible. This is a huge benefit for families to help fill the gap created by losing school meals and the application time is very limited. Click here to download the application pdf, and find more information on the P-EBT FAQ page. Click here to view the P-EBT flyer for more details P-EBT-Flyer.pdf
Kids who learned remotely for 12 days or less will get a maximum monthly benefit of $77.75
Kids who learned remotely for 13 days or more will get a maximum monthly benefit of $129.58
These benefits are per child and back paid for 9 months. So, a kid who was remote all year could get up to $1,166.22. This benefit is multiplied by each child in the family.
State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) for Renters is an assistance program administered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC), and funded by the federal government’s COVID stimulus package. For more information click on this link to view flyer: SAFHR Flyer. You can also visit go to the website here: https://www.mohousingresources.com/safhr.
What is Show-Me Hope?
Show-Me Hope is a statewide crisis counseling program (CCP) to address the emotional needs of every Missourian dealing with the impacts of COVID19. All services are free, confidential, virtual, and follow best practices of pandemic/disaster response. Local CCP staff (or experts they recruit) deliver information and education on:
• stress management and coping techniques
• problem solving skills and connection to community services/resources
• building resilience now and for the future
Access these Resources Now!
• SHOW-ME HOPE Disaster Distress Helpline
Talk to a counselor now. Free confidential services available 24/7. Everyone is eligible to call.
Phone: 800/985-5990 Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746
One stop shop for coping and stress management resources, self-care tools and links to our statewide network of Show-Me Hope teams.
• DMH CARES Show-Me Hope Tuesdays 3:30-4:00 pm.
Self-care seminars free via WebEx; registration required. Open to everyone. The Registration Link takes you to the State of Missouri WebEx site. Look for the DMH CARES listings by date and click on the registration link. Provide the required information and that’s it.
Show-Me Hope is here for you and your family! If you have constituents feel free to contact me to connect with someone who can discuss ways that we can support your efforts. Will you help us get the word out about Show-Me Hope?