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While we are not seeing students in a one-on-one advising environment during this crisis, we are still enrolling and providing services to students virtually through email, phone, text and video conferencing.  New students are encouraged to complete the intake form, while current program participants are encouraged to call 816.701.8381 or email their college success navigator directly. 

Learn more about the changes our partner educational institutions are making in response to COVID-19.

Resources during COVID-19

COVID-19 is causing major changes in our daily lives, but it doesn't have to stop your education. Here are resources available in our region that can help you persevere during these challenging times.

Agencies Serving Multiple Needs

United Way

United Way 211 remains open 24 hours by phone, email and online at 211kc.org. United Way is collecting information on changes agencies are making to services in response to COVID-19 and integrating them into their database.

A page has been created on the United Way 211 website to track evolving information about COVID-19 response, resources and local updates, with all information from reliable resources and experts. Resources include prevention, public health and organizational response resources, general public messages, FAQs, coping with stress tips, and links to helpful information.

Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City 

CAAGKC serves residents of Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri and can provide emergency assistance with water, rent and youth services. Clients are encouraged to call, email, and fill out intake forms and referrals on the CAAGKC website to limit in person contact.

Clay County - CAAGKC – Maple Woods
Northland Human Services Center

816.459.9615

Jackson County CAAGKC Administrative Office
816.358.6868

Platte County - CAAGKC – Tracy
816.858.5153

Internet Access

Charter Communications

Spectrum, a cable television and Internet provider, is offering 60 days of free Internet access to any student without it during the coronavirus crisis.
Both colleges and K-12 schools are shifting to online classes to help slow the spread of the virus.

Here’s Spectrum’s offer:
Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Spectrum also offers Spectrum Internet Assist, a broadband program that delivers speeds of 30 Mbps for $17.99/month, including modem.

Utility Assistance

Evergy (formerly KCP&L)

Evergy is offering assistance to customers who may be experiencing financial challenges during this crisis.    

  • Service disconnections and late payment fees are suspended until May 1
  • Extended payment options and reduced payments for reconnecting service are available
  • Please note that disconnection notices and automated calls will continue as scheduled. While service will not be disrupted, some assistance agencies are unable to help unless the customer has an active disconnection notice.
  • Customers can call Evergy's Customer Care Center at 888-471-5275 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to make arrangements.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – Mo. Department of Social Services

MAAC-LIHEAP has eliminated face-to-face contact with clients but agency continues to answer phone calls, respond to voicemails and process applications. Applicants can still pick up blank applications at the drop box located in the hallway outside of our office at 4001 Blue Pkwy; Ste 270 Kansas City, MO 64130 or call 816.768.8908.

Applicants can submit completed applications and supporting documents via drop-off, mail or fax at 816.768.8901.

Educational Assistance

Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation

Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation’s Director’s Choice Emergency Grant has funds available to Missouri students attending certain Missouri colleges and universities. Students can request emergency support through their financial aid office or submit a written description of their emergency to info@moslf.org who will contact the financial aid office. Questions can be directed to 636.733.3716.

National College Attainment Network (NCAN)

NCAN is providing updates on how COVID-19 crisis is impacting higher education, including updates from the U.S. Department of Education, information on legislation, and details about student loans.  

Here are a few highlights:

  • Interest accruing on all federal student loans will be automatically waived by setting the current rates to 0% for 60 days
  • Federal student loan borrowers may also request that their servicer put their loan(s) into forbearance, which would mean borrowers would temporarily not be obligated to make payments.

Food Assistance

Bishop Sullivan Center

Meals available to take and go.  Pantry guests are met at the very front door before entry to building. Call 816.308.0345.

Harvesters

Use the Find Food Assistance section on the Harvesters website to find the closest pantries, produce distributions and meal sites. Families are encouraged to call ahead as sites may be impacted by the crisis and close or cancel their distribution .

The Harvesters SNAP Helpline is also available to answer questions, assist and submit an application, or help locate resources. The SNAP Helpline is 877-653-9522, or email snap@harvesters.org.

Harvesters is providing additional information about their services during the COVID-19 crisis as it becomes available.

Kansas City Public Schools

KCPS is providing sack lunches and meal kits for students enrolled in KCPS. Students will need their school ID or to provide their name for lookup in order to pick up food and meals. Four distribution zone sites have been established. Find a location and pick-up time

KCPS has also established a special sign up link for families who need direct delivery of food. This includes children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs. Please email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816.418.3663 (FOOD) if your family needs home delivery.

Metro Lutheran Ministries

Metro Lutheran is providing pantry and senior commodity boxes. Please call 816.931.0027 for more information.

North Kansas City School District

All families throughout the district will have access to free breakfast and lunch for all students ages 18 and younger. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23. Families have the choice of food delivery at bus stops or drive-through pick up at each of our high schools. Visit nkcschools.org/meals for additional information.

Employment, Legal and Consumer Issues

Bishop Sullivan Center

Employment services and assistance are available. Call 816-308-0345.

Heartland Center

Heartland Center is continuing to provide legal services for families dealing with tenant (evictions, conditions, etc), employment, and consumer issues. Families may call the Center hotline at (816) 278-1344 if they have a legal issue and would like to discuss it.

Justice in the Schools

Justice in the Schools is a joint project between Legal Aid of Western Missouri, the Kansas City Health Department, and the Kansas City Public School District.  The Office will be closed to the general public, including walk-in clients.

If you need assistance, please call the Legal Aid office serving your county. If we are unable to answer your call please leave a message and your call will be returned. Find an office in your county online or call Cori Smith at 816.945.7736.

Early Childhood Development

MARC Head Start

MARC Head Start continues to take applications from families through a phone interview process.  Families can call 816-841-3382 to schedule an appointment.  Currently, a majority of MARC Head Start programs a closed to center-based services, however non center-based supports are available upon enrollment. 

Start at Zero

Start at Zero provides home visiting using the Parents as Teachers curriculum for families of children prenatal-age 5 living within the KCPS boundaries. Start at Zero is providing VIRTUAL HOME VISITS for families in lieu of in-person visits.

A few openings are available and referrals can be taken online. A family must: 1) have at least 1 child prenatal-age 5; 2) live within the KCPS boundaries; and 3) be willing to do virtual visits with a video call (any platform works). Priority will be given to families with multiple stressors present in their lives.