Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

Community Development

The Community Development Department can provide a wide variety of resources to families and individuals in need. These opportunities provide a range from emergency programs like utility assistance, to long-term case management that can help a family increase their economic situation which offers long-term individualized benefits. 

Here are some of the services available and the Federal Poverty Guidelines:

  • Cares Act Funding (as of 12/1/2020), must meet or below 125% of Income Guidelines (link above)
    • Rental Assistance
    • Water Bill Assistance
    • Extermination Assistance
    • Prescription co-pay help
    • Vehicle Repair help (employed only, FT/PT), up to $750
    • Employment On-The-Job Training opportunities
    • Education Tuition Assistance
    • Thru Utility Assistance and Weatherization programs expanded minor HVAC repair or replacement assistance
    • Summer Scholarship availability through Joplin Boys and Girls Club (apply at there)
    • Area on Aging Meals assistance (apply through your local nutrition sites)
  • Additional Opportunities Available
    • Outreach, Intake, Assessment and Referral
    • Case Management
    • Utility Assistance -  meet 60% of MO Median Income Guidelines.
    • Housing Assistance - meet 50% of HUD's Average Median Gross Income
    • Homeless Program - meet 50% of HUD's Average Median Gross Income
  • Just contact us and we can help figure out if you are eligible.