Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph serves Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and DeKalb Counties, Missouri. As a Community Action Agency, we administer programs, services and initiatives aimed at addressing the causes and conditions of poverty at a local level. Through the Community Services Block Grant funds, we are able to provide our communities additional programs that benefit our clients. Check out the Programs and services provided by CAPSTJOE!

Housing Development

From single-family homes to multi-family apartments, CAPSTJOE has developed over 450 housing units since 1995. Our Agency continues its mission of providing safe and affordable housing options for low-income families in our four-county service area.

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Energy Assistance

CAPSTJOE provides energy assistance through programs like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). These programs are designated to help low-income families keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Assistance is available year-round to income-eligible households.

Energy Assistance Application

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Water Assistance

Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to help you with a onetime payment for your water and/or wastewater (sewer) bill from November through September.
The maximum amount you could get is $750.00.
LIHWAP can help with:
Disconnection or reconnection fees.
Threat of disconnection.
Past-due bills.

Water Assistance Application

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. Early Head Start also consists of the prenatal program for expecting mothers. In addition to education services, CAP St. Joe Head Start provides children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services.

Head Start Application (English)

Head Start Application (Español)

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Family Services

CAPSTJOE Family Services Department includes programs designed to increase the capacity of low-income families. Community Health Workers provide intensive case management to stabilize and strengthen vulnerable families through our HEALTH program. Our workforce development programs provide families the skills and resources they need to gain and maintain meaningful employment.

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Community Engagement

Action Teams were formed in 2018 to engage the community in the war on poverty. Action Teams focus on the community needs identified in our Community Needs Assessment and include: Health, Education, Employment, and Housing. Members of the community are encouraged to join a team, so that we can work together to develop strategies to address the causes and conditions of poverty!

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Assessment and Referral

CAPSTJOE completes a comprehensive assessment for those seeking assistance. This assessment identifies a family’s strengths and needs so that services can be properly coordinated. CAPSTJOE works with local community partners to ensure all families have the resources they need to be successful.

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Emergency Shelter

629 South 8th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64503

The Community Action Partnership Emergency Shelter provides specialized support services for people living with mental illness, addictions, and other challenges.

The Community Action Partnership Emergency Shelter operates from a low barrier perspective—meaning that we do not require that people be sober, compliant with mental health or addiction treatment plans, or agree to participate in programs to receive services and housing support from us. Instead, we welcome them to a community of people experiencing similar challenges meeting them where they are at.

The homeless are not homogenous. By offering a variety of housing and support options, The Community Action Partnership Emergency Shelter can ensure that appropriate supportive environments are available to our clients.

These supportive options include:

• Case management
• Emergency housing
• Transitional housing
• Long term housing
• Outreach programs
• Food services
• Community living support

The goal is not simply to get people off the streets but to provide a comprehensive array of supports that assist people in achieving stability which allows them to move forward with their lives.

By providing housing and support in a client-centered environment, The Community Action Partnership Emergency Shelter engages clients to create an atmosphere of trust where opportunities for change can be discovered. The Community Action Partnership Emergency Shelter welcomes all people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness unless they have previously been banned due to severe violence towards staff or other clients or dealing drugs on our property.

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