Emergency Assistance

The COVID-19 public health crisis has created a variety of challenges for many families, changing the way we all live and work. To provide critical assistance to individuals and their families experiencing hardship during this crisis the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created this hub to ensure people have access to resources that will help keep their families safe and thriving.  

Below is a list of opportunities in the community for assistance:  

Rent/Mortgage/Utilities Assistance 

Greene County Emergency Rental Assistance: To best reach those in need, Greene County has begun coordinating fund distribution efforts with area organizations and community partners that have existing experience with utility and housing assistance programs: 

  • Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) - (417) 447-0554 
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services - (417) 889-7474 
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks - (417) 888-2020 
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri - (417) 268-9998 
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks - (417) 887-3545 
  • The Salvation Army - (417) 862-5509 

Greene County has structured this program so you can make an appointment with a trusted Community Agency and fill out the application together. They ask that you contact one of the partnership agencies to schedule an appointment. 

SAFHR – Missouri COVID Rental Assistance: The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) for Renters program provides rent and utility assistance for eligible Missouri residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be eligible for rent and utility payment relief, paid directly to your landlord or utility company. 

O’Reilly Center for Hope:  The O’Reilly Center for Hope brings together multiple partner agencies in support of affordable housing and financial stability. For a list of partnering organizations, on-site resources, and training opportunities visit their website or call (417) 888-2020 for more information.  

Mental Health Resources

Burrell Behavioral Health: Burrell offers individualized therapy and counseling services ages 3+. To access services individuals can visit their website or call 417-761-5000 with any questions. Their team will evaluate and assess your needs and identify the appropriate service for you.  

Be Well Community (through Burrell Behavioral Health): The Be Well Community was created to help enhance the emotional health and well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. They do this through virtual and live public and private experiences. These experiences are rooted in brain science and are led by a team of experts. During sessions, participants learn about and experience the benefits of self-care, mindfulness, connection, and hope. 

Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center: The Ozarks Counseling Center provides individual, couple, family, and group counseling sessions. Counseling sessions are 50 minutes long. Appointments are available during the following times: 

  • Monday through Thursday from 9AM – 7PM 
  • Friday from 9AM – 3PM 
  • Saturday from 9AM – 12PM 

Visit their website or call 417-869-9011 to schedule.