State and Regional News

Department of Social Services extends the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Social Services is extending the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020 for Missourians who have not previously applied. LIHEAP helps low-income Missourians with a one-time payment for their primary heating bills from November through May 31, 2020. To be eligible for the program, low-income Missourians must:

SEMA adapts Applicant Briefing to online presentation in support of local governments, nonprofits statewide involved in COVID-19 response

Following the federal disaster declaration for COVID-19 on March 26, the State Emergency Management Agency has made an online applicant briefing available for local government and nonprofit agencies statewide that are eligible for federal assistance for emergency protective measures taken as part of the COVID-19 response. This online presentation was developed to align with SEMA’s social distancing measures. expands guidelines to help Missourians in need of legal answers

Even in these uncertain times, Missouri lawyers are here to help by fielding legal questions about COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and livelihoods., a virtual legal clinic platform produced by The Missouri Bar and American Bar Association, has expanded its services to help even more Missouri citizens of modest means receive answers to legal questions, at no cost, from licensed Missouri lawyers. 

Governor highlights Missouri’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19

In today’s press briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri.
Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams, and the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Levon Cumpton.

Missouri Department of Labor increases staffing and 
online capacity amid historic spike in unemployment claims

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) reported a total of 104,230 initial claims for the week ending March 28, 2020, the most recent week for which claims information is available.  That is an increase of nearly 147 percent over the previous week’s initial claims of 42,207.  More than 89,000 of the 104,230 initial claims were COVID-19 related.