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Baxter County Arkansas assistance programs.

Get help for paying heating, rent and energy bills

Ozark Opportunities Inc., the local community action agency, now has in effect a crisis-assistance program for providing heating bill assistance. the funding is limited, so apply early. The aid will be administered up until funds are depleted. Income and other guidelines apply.

Crisis-assistance funds may be used to help pay for an electric or gas bill, or the funds may be used to help get a minimum fill of propane or heating oil in a crisis situation. Crisis assistance for electric or gas requires a shutoff or disconnect notice with service to be discontinued within seven days was received from your utility company. Crisis for propane requires that a tank have verifiably less than 10 percent in the tank, and that the individual is on the brink of running out of fuel.

A number of other programs can be provided by Ozark Opp. The main goal is to address a crisis, but they also want to get low income families on the path to stability. So a combination of referrals or direct aid may be administered, including information on free food pantries, one time rent help to prevent an eviction, job placement, and funds for a security deposit. All resources in Baxter County are limited, and will require case management and the applicant to work towards a solution to their hardship.

To apply for emergency assistance, visit the OOI office which is located at at 215 W. Sixth St. in Mountain Home Arkansas. Office hours are 8-11 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 8-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays. You may also call the agency at (870) 741-9406, or find assistance from Ozark Opportunities.

Eastside Baptist Church, which is located in Mountain Home (phone (870) 425-3689) provides utility and rent assistance to the low income in the Baxter County area of Arkansas. Another location to call is First Baptist Church, phone number (870) 425-6961. Another local church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, phone (870) 492-6636 partners with these other locations to help the low income with rent and utility bills.

Mountain Home Salvation Army runs a few different programs and resources. Among them are providing financial assistance with paying rent. They also provide general medical care, food assistance, pantries, and information on local charities and non-profit agencies in the community. The charity can offer assistance with meals, groceries and toys for the holiday seasons. More on Baxter County Salvation Army.




As noted,  the church /charity works with other groups in the community. They also partner with a local non-profit called Project Love ((870) 425-6080) which has an emergency/crisis program, information on loans, and also provides section 8 housing.

The local community action agency is Ozark Opportunities. Call (870) 425-5118. The non-profit provides emergency shelter and food. Other resources and services offered include Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the money for this program and funds can be used to help the low income in the community.

Other services offered by the agency include the government created USDA Commodity Food program distributing canned and packaged foods to eligible households in Baxter and Mountain Home Arkansas. The government created Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will help low to moderate income families and individuals the ability to permanently reduce their home utility and energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

White River Church of the Nazarene, which is based in Cotter, may be able to provides food for families in need. Dial (870) 435-2660.

Baxter County Area Agency on Aging in Northwest Arkansas helps the elderly, disabled, and those who provide care. Whether it is free Meals on Wheels or advice from an attorney, or supportive housing, support is offered. They help with developmental disabilities, offer USDA approved meals and supplements for senior citizens, help with applications to public cash aid and so much more. More on Area Agency on Aging in Northwest Arkansas.





Baxter County Arkansas clinics

A limited amount of free or low cost health and medical care may be provided by the Mountain Home Christian Free Clinic. Dial (870) 425-5010. The community clinic provides the low income and uninsured with general out patient medical and maybe even access to dental care to those with low income that meet certain requirements. A sliding fee scale based on income has been put into place.

By Jon McNamara

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