One of the main programs in Arkansas for both preventing evictions and rehousing the homeless is the federal government funded Emergency Solutions Grant. The amount and type of aid provided from ESG is wide ranging, however the funding levels will change on a yearly basis and each county or agency that administers it may offer their own services.
In some cases, the non-profits may offer emergency one time rent help, foreclosure counseling, or even funds to pay utility bills. Other agencies may offer both short and long term, permanent housing solutions, and this may include money to pay for security deposits. In almost all cases, the individual will need to participate in case management and other self-sufficiency workshops.
Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, established the ESG - Emergency Solutions Grant as a unique program. It can help people facing eviction, the currently homeless, and it can rehouse and stabilize qualified low income families. In some cases, it is combined with resource from the Continuum of Care, another federally organized solution. There are various income and other conditions that need to be met by applicants.
While the exact assistance available by county will vary, some of the resources may include the following. The demand for housing assistance is very high, and any support is generally offered on a first come and served basis.
Note that any type of Homelessness Prevention available in Arkansas is short term in nature. It is meant to provide the individual time to get back on track. Aid is targeted at those facing eviction, and they need to have a notice from their landlord. The applicant would also be homeless but for this emergency rental assistance.
Coordinating landlord and tenant mediation is also a focus. Many evictions can be stopped if the landlord and tenant can just meet with an independent mediator to find a solution. This can often include things such as payment plans or the landlord agreeing to some other form of compensation.
Another key service in Arkansas is Rapid Re-Housing Assistance. This is an option for individuals and families that are homeless according to HUD’s definition. This can include people sleeping in shelters, transitional housing, or on the “streets”. A focus is on helping people leave transitional housing, and they can get advice and financial support for a new home or apartment. There is also assistance for single moms or victims of domestic violence.
Some of the leading non-profits, by county, are below. While all of them may not have funds or grants for deposits or rent, they will generally have suggestions or referrals for qualified low income families.
Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, dial (870) 536-0046
Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew County in Southeast Arkansas – Dial (870) 226-2668
Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Van Buren County – Main telephone: (870) 741-9406
Benton, Carroll, and Madison County - (479) 636-7301
Call for referrals to funds to pay rent, homeless prevention, and also information on grants that may be able to help with a security deposit on a new home.
Clay, Lawrence, and Randolph County – Dial (870) 892-4547
Counties of Conway, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Perry, Polk, Pope, Scott, Yell. The ARVAC agency may be a good place for information. (479) 229-4861.
Central Arkansas region, including Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Lonoke, Montgomery, Ouachita, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, and Union. Phone (501) 315-1121.
Craighead, Cross, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett, St. Francis, or Woodruff County – Phone (870) 802-7100
Crawford-Sebastian County – Dial (479) 785-2303 for information on emergency solutions grants and eviction prevention services.
Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone Counties, or North Central Arkansas area – Call (870) 793-5765.
Garland County - (501) 624-5724
Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Sevier or Southwest, Telephone: (870) 773-5504
Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, or the Mid Delta region – Call (870) 338-6406
Mississippi County - Telephone: (870) 776-1054
Washington County – Main phone (479) 872-7479
White, Faulkner, Cleburne residents should dial (501) 329-0977.
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