Blue Springs provides $250,000 to help residents pay delinquent bills

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 23:27:42-04

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, staff at the Community Services League have been helping four times the number of individuals at its Blue Springs office. And on Monday, the Blue Springs City Council allocated $250,000 of its federal CARES Act funding to the organization.

The funds must be used to help residents pay delinquent rent, mortgages or utility bills.

The Community Services League has been providing food, finding families or individuals places to sleep and helping pay delinquent utility bills.

“There’s food insecurity, obviously, throughout the communities," Melodie Chrisman, vice president of Income Supports, said. "Rent, mortgages, utilities -- all of it. So many families have been furloughed, have lost hours, have lost their jobs completely.”

Within two weeks, Chrisman said, the office distributed $50,000 worth of financial assistance.

The cities of Independence and Oak Grove previously allocated money to the Community Services League to provide similar assistance.

“We are here to serve every resident that is struggling," Chrisman said. "It doesn’t matter what your situation is, we want to make that very clear."

Those who would like to apply for financial assistance can do so on the Community Services League website.

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