Basic Needs Resources

Ballard Community Services


708 Elm Street

High quality child-care, emergency food, commodities, children’s clothing, family support staff for child-care clients.


Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center


200 Maine Street

Outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and adults. Homeless outreach program assists individuals and families with/without mental illness in locating housing.


Catholic Charities


1525 W. 6th Street

Provides: food voucher, rent and utility assistance, transportation, counseling, legal immigration support, case management, marriage for keeps, holiday supports.


Centro Hispano


204 W. 13th Street

Information in English and Spanish about community services, bilingual case management, cultural center.


Douglas County Senior Services


745 Vermont Street

Senior meals, transportation, community services. Information and referral, and lifelong learning classes.




2518 Ridge Court, Ste 104

Assistance with rent and utilities, home weatherization, school supplies, homeless and housing counseling, referrals to other services and case management. Food Pantry.


Family Promise of Lawrence


Provides temporary housing for families with children through an interfaith network of congregations.


Haskell Health Center


2415 Massachusetts Street

Health services available to any federally recognized tribal member. General practice, optometry, dietary, mammography and well-woman  exams, pediatric and well-child exams, mental health services, drug abuse counseling, diabetes clinics, dental care, pharmacy and lab.


Housing & Credit Counseling Inc. (HCCI)


2518 Ridge Court, Ste 208
HCCI is a HUD-approved non-profit agency serving Douglas County since 1988.  HCCI counsels about rental housing issues, budgeting, credit reports and credit building, debt repayment (including student loan debt), mortgage default, bankruptcy, reverse mortgages, home buying.  Rental housing counseling by phone is free for renters and landlords.  Other counseling is charged on a sliding scale.  About 75% of people counseled qualify for free counseling covered by grants or based on household income.     


Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

2001 Haskell Ave
JAAA Advocates on aging issues, builds community partnerships and implements programs to help seniors live independent and dignified lives. Provides multitude of services including serving as the aging and disability resource center.  Information and Outreach Provide information and referral services to services and supports for customers with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, persons age 60 or older and caregivers for persons age 60 and older of all income levels.  Caregiver support services provides information and referral and assistance, review needs, creation of caregiving plan, supplemental services with specific eligibility requirements.  Case Management provides Evaluation of needs, plan of action to address needs, referral to home services, coordination of community based care, follow up and monitoring, coordinates care plans for individuals to remain in their home and independent.  CHAMPSS Allows seniors to select from a dietitian approved menu an entree, fruit and vegetable of their choice along with bread and low-fat milk. Provides in home services of attendant care and homemaker services as well as personal emergency response monitoring through contracting care agencies under the OAA and SCA funding streams


Just Food


1000 E. 11th Street

Food Pantry offering food once per month on a walk-in basis. Collection/distribution for partnering agencies. Bread and produce donations available daily.


Tenants To Homeowners, Inc.


2518 Ridge Court, Ste 103

The Housing Stabilization Collaborative provides financial rent support and low-interest microloans to Douglas County renters experiencing a COVID-affected income. Through the HSC, tenants, landlords and participating agencies are brought together to collaboratively establish equitable and sustainable solutions for rent support and successful housing. Please visit For detailed information.

TTH has an affordable homebuyer program, manages affordable rentals, and provides free homebuyer education. TTH’s rental properties include affordable family housing as well as accessible housing for people with physical disabilities and transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence. TTH’s homebuyer program sells houses 30-50,000 below market value to income eligible buyers using a fixed rate loan with low down payment requirements and subsidized closing costs.


Lawrence Community Shelter


3655 E. 25th Street

Provides shelter and case management for homeless adults and families.


Salvation Army


946 New Hampshire Street

Rent and utility assistance, emergency food pantry, crisis intervention, case management, homeless drop-in services (mail pick-up, snacks, laundry, phone access). Alcohol and drug rehabilitation referrals. Vision USA program provides assistance with eye exams and glasses. Emergency temporary housing for families (offsite). Holiday assistance. Emergency disaster services. 



Success By Six

785-842-8719 or 785-979-7607

Free home-visitation program that helps with family life management for families with children age 0-5 years. Parenting support, information and referral.


The Children's Shelter, Inc.


105 W. 11th Street

Provides youth residential program for 10-18 year olds, juvenile intake, family and foster care services, and prevention and diversion program.


Willow Domestic Violence Center

785-843-3333 or 800-770-3030

Provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence. Services include 24hour crisis hotline, safe shelter, peer counseling, support group, court advocacy and more.


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