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Provides programs and services to public housing residents and other low to moderate income persons focused on youth succeeding, adult self-sufficiency, independent living and affordable housing.

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Healthy Home Connections

Funded By: Boone County Children’s Services Fund

The Healthy Home Connections program improves the socioemotional well-being of families and children by providing and/or connecting low-income households to services which strengthen families and help children succeed in school and in life.

Services Provided:

  • Case Management
  • Therapeutic Mentoring

Independent Living Program 

Funded By: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services – Independent Living

Provides case management services for seniors and persons with disabilities to live independently.


Money Smart- Financial Literacy Program

Funded By: Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services – Economic Opportunity

The FDIC Money Smart program is a free program that is open to everyone wanting to manage their financial future.  The program provides a free credit report analysis and help class participates understand how to improve credit and make a plan for home ownership.


Moving Ahead After-School and Summer Program (MAP)

Funded By: Boone County Children’s Service Fund and Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services – Children, Youth, and Families

The Moving Ahead Program helps youth and children succeed in school and life by providing academic enrichment programming, skills practices, and supportive services which develop internal assets linked to a commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and/or positive identities.

Services Provided:

  • Out of School Programming (includes: Academic Enrichment, Positive Youth Development, Cultural Enrichment, Parent Partnership, Congregate Meals, and Transportation)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Art-Making

Powered by Moms

Funded By: Heart of Missouri United Way – Education Impact Area

Powered by Moms (PBM) utilizes a combination of evidence-based practices and models to help mothers in Columbia Public Housing with children 0-5 years old create an environment in their home that promotes success in school and in life. PBM provides in-home visits, case management, Parent Cafes, opportunities for group play, a peer mentor and a staff mentor. PBM is designed to be an ongoing program with the intent of maintaining a caseload of 50 families per year. A key element is the relationship between Peer Mentors (Power Moms), Staff Mentor (PBM Coordinator) and parents. The Staff Mentor provides case management, service coordination, recruitment and promotion of the program. Peer Mentors are recruited from mothers living in CHA housing. Training and empowering these Peer Mentors, who live in and experience the same community factors, increases access to high quality, culturally relevant support for PBM participants.


Youth Community Coalition, Communities that Care

Funded By: Boone County Children’s Service Fund

The goal is to establish, support, and continuously build the capacity of local coalitions to advocate for and deliver services which promote strong families and successful youth in Ashland, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, and Sturgeon.

Services Provided:

  • Community Collaboration
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Community Needs Assessment