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Assistance programs in Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Van Buren County.

Residents of this area of Arkansas have a variety of different places to turn to for help. Get where to go to for help with rent, utilities, debt, and other financial aid.

Utility and rent assistance as well as food banks

Van Buren Ozark Opportunities - The non-profit focuses on the low income and helping people overcome poverty. Most of the aid is from referrals or government benefits. Get information on regional food pantries. The non-profit can also provide a limited amount of financial assistance, help for rent and utility bills for families or individuals who are in emergency. This includes resources such as LIHEAP, eviction prevention, and other social services. 1563 Highway 65 South, Clinton, AR 72031, (501) 745-2437.

Brand New Baptist Church -  (870) 391-2262

The local Salvation Army is also a great resource. The non-profit organization can also provide assistance with utilities. Other types of aid offered include food and general medical care. Another focus is on offering seasonal aid in Northwest Arkansas, and this can include free school supplies as well as Christmas meals, gifts, and toys for children.

Thousands of families get help from the Salvation Army every year. Last but not least the local Salvation Army can also offer cash assistance and grants to be used for with rental assistance, when funds are available. The number, including to Care and Share, is (870) 741-3130. Read more on Salvation Army in Conway AR area.

White River Area Agency On Aging, which is located at 570 Yellow Jacket Lane, Clinton, Arkansas 72031, phone (501) 745-224, may have some funds for paying utility and cooling bills for older adults, however funding is rare. The non-profit has other offices around the region too.

Older adults may be able to qualify for electric bill assistance from Area Aging of Northwest Arkansas. The location is in Harrison Arkansas, and the phone number is (870) 741-1144. Utility assistance is offered for older Americans. There is also SHIP advice programs that help with Medicare benefits, Developmental Disability help and other resources. Or get USDA Meals on Wheels or housing counseling. More on senior financial aid in NW Arkansas.




Lord of the Lake Lutheran Church runs the offers a food assistance program. It basically allows people to get free or low cost groceries.. Receive fresh and frozen items, vegetables, and much more. Call ( (870) 422-7110, or click here for additional cheap food programs. Harriet Assembly of God also can give the low income cheap food. Call these charity at (870) 448-5744.

Van Buren County Food for Life is yet another local food bank and pantry. 501) 745-2332

Free groceries for families and individuals with limited income can be obtained by Bear Creek Spring Baptist Church. Call (870) 741-7937

Yellville Area Food Closet ((870) 449-8797) offers food for the low income in the community.

Community action Agency of Northwest Arkansas

Call Ozark Opportunities, Inc. - All forms of aid is offered, including electric bill assistance, food, help for rent, and Weatherization. Transportation is available for doctors appointments and job interviews. In addition counselors at the location can help people get back on their feet through job counseling, information on local charities, and other support.

Offices are located in all counties, including Boone, Marion, and others. Case managers from Ozark Opp also have information on government grants that can be used for basic needs, programs for senior citizens, and the disabled. Another focus is on assisting with homeless prevention, and they offer low income housing or funds for rental deposits as well as other support to residents. (870) 741-2089, or learn more on Ozark Opportunities community action programs.

Community clinic for public health

The Arkansas Department of Health - Center for Local Public Health ((870) 743-5244) is local community clinic. Get access to public health, information on specialists, and other aid.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Clinic administers a sliding fee scale, which can help people save money on medical and dental bills. The non-profit clinic, which is located in Marshall, offers people primary medical, dental and preventative health services, and no one is turned away. All can get help. (870) 448-5733

Credit counseling, repair, debt reduction, and foreclosure assistance

The non-profit Credit Counseling of Arkansas (dial (800) 889-4916) offers a multitude of financial counseling services. Many of them are free, such as budgeting, debt, and mortgage assistance programs. Work with a credit or housing counselor.





Low income families can get free credit counseling sessions, debt reduction, free personal finance seminars, foreclosure prevention, and also enroll into debt elimination program. All of this can help stop late and over limit fees and reduce interest rates as well as monthly payments. Also get help mediating a foreclosure, or free HUD approved foreclosure counseling. Counselors can also offer foreclosure mediation, and click here to learn more on this service.

Head Start

Ozark Opportunities, Inc. (phone number above) also runs the federal government funded Head Start program, which was created to  serve low-income three and four year old children and their families. Gain access to social and cognitive development of children through the provision of nutritional, educational, health, social and other services.

By Jon McNamara

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