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Where to Call for Assistance in Independence

Catalog of Missouri Assistance Programs

Housing Referrals

  • Community Services League - Housing counseling (816) 254-4100
  • Independence Housing Authority - Housing Voucher Program/Public Housing (816) 836-9200
    • The Independence Housing Authority Central Office/Section 8 Office is now located at:
      • 4215 S. Hocker Dr, Building 5, Independence, Mo 64055
  • HUD Apartment Search

HOME Investment Partnership Funded Affordable Housing

  • Mt. Washington Senior Apartments 570 S. Evanston (816) 564-0035

Foreclosure Prevention

Find a Foreclosure Avoidance Counselor

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a list of approved housing counselors who give free or low-cost advice. To find a HUD-approved counselor in your area, call (800) 569-4287 or search HUD's list online:

Search Nationwide Search in Missouri

Other options
NeighborWorks America offers free advice and support from a nonprofit organization, HUD-certified counselors 24 hours a day. Also, here's their Foreclosure Assistance page.

Emergency Shelter

  • Salvation Army Crossroads Family Shelter - (816) 461-1093
  • Hope House (Domestic violence victims shelter) - (816) 461-4188

Utility Assistance


  • Dept. of Family Services - (816) 325-5933

Emergency Home Repairs

  • Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City (816) 358-6868
    Income restrictions apply. Services provided by United Services located at 6323 Manchester Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64133

    Provided through the program:

    • Repair or replacement of furnaces and water heaters
    • Ductwork
    • Repair or replacement windows and doors
    • Caulking, weather stripping and installing insulation to sidewalls and attics.

  • Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity Brush With Kindness Program - (816) 461-6551
    This program provides exterior repairs to low income homeowners in the form of a Zero interest loan.

    Typical repairs include:
    • roof repair or replacement
    • porch repairs
    • landscaping
    • guttering
    • driveway/sidewalk repairs.

Lead Based Paint

For the latest information on protecting your family from Lead Based Paint, please visit the EPA website here.

Legal Aid

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri - (816) 474-6750
     4001 Blue Parkway, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64130