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Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew County Arkansas assistance programs.

All of these counties are located in the southeastern section of Arkansas. Find non-profits as well as charities that can provide help for rent, utility or water bills, free groceries or medical care, and more. Work with counselors and well trained professionals who can provide you financial assistance as well as case management to make it through a difficult period. They also offer free foreclosure counseling as well as mortgage help, cash loans for paying rent, security deposit help and much more.

Financial assistance and grants for bills and expenses

Salvation Army of Crossett and Ashley County is one of the leading resources in the area. Stop by or call to get information or access to how to get assistance with utilities. A food bank/pantry is also available on site, as well as a thrift store for clothing and household items. Also offers assistance with rent to people those Southeast Arkansas families who are facing with an eviction or who are at risk of becoming homeless. (870) 364-3731.

A branch of the Salvation Army is also located in Chicot County, and this location can be reached at (870) 265-3821.

Mc Gehee and Desha County Arkansas are served by a location which can be called at (870) 222-3940. This location provides additional services, such as vouchers for a hotel or motel. Clothing for people who need items for work or school can also be picked up here.

The low income can apply for a rent program that basically operates on a sliding fee. An organization known as Heritage Manor of Eudora (phone (870) 355-8672) can offer a limited amount of rent assistance. They can also refer qualified individuals to the local Section 8 housing voucher program and agency, which will cap your rent expense at 30% of income. Read more on section 8 housing resources and agencies.

Drew County and Monticello are also served by the Salvation Army. Phone (870) 367-3966. This location offers limited financial assistance and cash grants to help families and individuals with utilities, housing expenses and rent. A shelter is on site, and the Drew County location operates an emergency shelter for people in the community, without homes, or who recently were evicted or lost a home to foreclosure. Stay 5 nights or more at the shelter. (870) 367-3966




Oasis, which is located on Church Street in Warren Arkansas and can be reached at (870) 226-3774, also has resources and services that provide temporary financial assistance. Apply for help for paying utilities and cooling bills, as well as possible rent assistance. Oasis may also be able to offer hotel lodging for people without homes or who have been recently evicted.

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation - This agency arguably has the largest number and most extensive programs for people in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew Arkansas. Just a sampling of the programs are services offered include:

Grants - A resource offered may be able to assist low to moderate get access to free food and emergency financial aid for bills. Grants can also help people retain employment, attain and adequate education, make better use of available income, obtain emergency assistance through loans or grants to meet urgent needs, achieve self-sufficiency over the long term, and also help people achieve greater participation in community affairs.

Food - Get a list and learn about local senior citizen centers, food pantries, homeless shelters, day care centers, halfway houses, charities, homes for the mentally challenged and church pantries. They also administer government programs such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Money is paid to help pay energy bills. The grant program pays the utility company directly, and the money does not go to the applicant. Receive both ongoing support as well as access to a crisis program for disconnections.

Weatherization - The low income can save hundreds of dollars per year on their annual energy expenses from this free energy conservation resource.

Head Start - A government funded program for children. Get access to comprehensive health care, educational, nutritional, and social services.

Call the Warren Arkansas Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation at (870) 226-2668 to apply for or learn more about the resources and assistance programs above.

Free health and help for medical needs

Thousands of people across the region do not have health insurance or are faced with overwhelming medical bills and debts. Look into a community clinic in order to get help. Learn more on free health care clinics or dental care for the low income.

Arkansas Department of Health, Southeast Region is a local community clinic. It provides treatment, medicine, referrals, and information on health care needs and services. Learn about government health care and get referred to specialists in the area.





Learn about mortgage assistance and debt programs

Whether you need help dealing with a potential foreclosure, or advice on how to deal with various debts and bills, Chicot Housing Assistance Corporation ((870) 265-3237) is a place to turn to for advice and support. Get assistance with numerous issues. The non-profit can support applicants with low and moderate income by prescreening and determining eligibility for low-interest loans for purchase or repairs of a home. In addition the non-profit offers foreclosure counseling for homeowners and buyers, and mortgage delinquency services.

Food assistance programs in Southeast Arkansas

Crossett Mount Olive Baptist Church (phone (870) 364-4057) offers free food to the needy in the community. Food and holiday meals and aid is also provided around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Other locations, charities, food banks, and pantries to turn to for food, groceries, clothing, and non-financial aid and services include.

Presbyterian Church ((870) 364-3568), Bradley County Helping Hand (offers both food as well as USDA Commodities (870) 226-2668), Mount Carmel Missionary Church ((870) 226-6869), as well as Community Christian Effort (Lake Village Arkansas phone (870) 265-5535)

By Jon McNamara











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