Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri


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P.O. Box 966
Kirksville, Missouri 63501

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Energy Assistance

You MUST fill out a new application, every winter season, even if you have received services before. You MUST fall at or below 135% of federal poverty income guidelines to qualify. You MUST turn in all requested supporting documents even if you've had LIHEAP before. Copies of Social Security cards, income, and etc. are not kept on file from year to year. It is your responsibility to provide our office with these documents each year. Leaving a voicemail is VERY important during LIHEAP season: messages should be short, to-the-point, and limited to your name, a working phone number, and a brief message. If in doubt, hit 0 for a receptionist. We are NOT able to contact your utility company, pledge payment, or postpone a shut-off until all paperwork is complete. Applications are processed in the order they are received (with the exception of crisis cases). Most applications will be processed the day AFTER they are received in this office, but our staff has up to 30 days to process non-crisis cases and up to 48 hours to process crisis cases. Please plan for this accordingly. It is YOUR responsibility to contact your utility company to see if you have a remaining balance that must be paid after or before we can make a pledge. Never assume your entire bill has been paid.

 Energy Assistance funds cannot be used to pay utility deposits, water, sewer, trash, cable, internet, or phone bills.  Our staff reserves the right to end any phone conversation or in-person interaction that becomes abusive, whether verbally (yelling, cursing, name calling, etc.) or physically (invasion of space, pushing, poking, etc).

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In 1964, The Great Society, as envisioned by President Lyndon Johnson, was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. Inspired by President Kennedy and his New Frontier, Johnson pledged to fulfill his promise of equal opportunity for all by enacting several comprehensive changes within the federal government. In August of that same year, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Johnson creating the nationwide Community Action Network.
Community Action was a bold idea, especially for the federal government. It handed over control to the local level, so that programs were geared specifically for target population needs. This concept, maximum feasible participation, represented a new paradigm in the government and many sectors were wary of its innovative ideas. President Johnson selected a member of President Kennedys inner circle to head up the newly formed Office of Economic Opportunity Sargent Shriver.

Shriver was head of Peace Corps in the Kennedy administration and married to Kennedys sister, Eunice. He had proved himself to be a capable leader and President Johnson admired his abilities. President Johnson, legendary for his acumen in recruiting key personnel, offered the position to Shriver and would not take no for an answer. Shriver was installed as the first head of the OEO in October 11, 1964 and leapt into action.