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Assistance programs in Carroll and Madison Counties Arkansas.

Rent assistance and help paying energy bills in Carroll and Madison

Eureka Springs Salvation Army - This charity provides help with paying rent for individuals and families who are faced with an eviction and who may become homeless. The non-profit charity organization may be able to offer rent payment assistance programs. People do need to apply for help, and all programs of course have  age, household income, disability, or other eligibility requirements.

In addition to offer housing aid, the local Salvation Army may also offer utilities assistance when funds are available. While there is no homeless shelter on site, the agency may be able to pay for someone to stay in a local hotel or motel for a couple of nights, depending on the circumstances and if the crisis was an emergency or unexpected. Information and Referral for Clothing and Food Pantries, as well as referrals to government programs, is also available. Dial (479) 253-1516.

Wildflower Christian Ministry ((888) 253-5150) offers limited funds for shelter, housing, and other assistance programs. They help find, cloth, and ensure people have shelter or a home to live in.

Senior citizens, the elderly, and older residents can contact the Carroll County Senior Activity Center at (870) 423-3265. The non-profit agency can provide financial assistance and cash grants with making utility bill payments. Food assistance and other aid is also provided.

Another place for seniors to call is the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas. The agency provides assistance with utility bills for their older clients. A large number of senior programs are offered too. They include information on and access to government and public assistance programs, free food, legal services, health care, and transportation.

The non-profit helps senior citizens as well as the disabled. They also offer Meals on Wheels in the region as well as Medicare applications, information on nursing homes and more. Call (479) 738-2524, or find details on Northwest Arkansas Agency on Aging programs.




Loaves and Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks only serves Carroll County. They are one of the leading charity organizations in this part of Arkansas. Among resources and services offered to the low income include a free food pantry for groceries, breads, milks, and baby food. In addition, limited amounts of cash grants may be available to pay for Entergy electric bills for those local residents who are 65 years and older and/or disabled. This is a once-a-year grant for Entergy electric bills of $100 or more. They can also refer people to other local Arkansas utility assistance programs. Call (870) 423-4246

Open Arms Food Bank in Huntsville is for residents of Madison County. The non-profit can provide applications to the TEFAP emergency food program for income qualified families. The phone number is  479-738-6692.

The Office of Human Concern community action agency provides assistance to struggling families and the working poor. Long term stability is part of the family development service, and it is a form of case management. The non-profit will also have grants for paying utility and air conditioning bills from LIHEAP, and it can be combined with energy conservation programs.

While much more limited, qualified residents in counties such as Madison may be able to receive help in paying for a security deposit or maybe late rent payment from OHC, and a program known as ESG is what allows this. Other services include Meals on Wheels for seniors and the disabled as well as free food from local pantries and soup kitchens, including at Christmas. Find more information on programs from Office of Human Concern.

Charities and non-profits offer Christmas and Thanksgiving help to Northwest Arkansas families, including those in Carrol and Madison County. There is free food, gifts for Christmas or even a birthday, toy programs, and other forms of assistance. Or try a location for a free meal at Thanksgiving or back to school supplies. Find free Christmas and holiday assistance in NW Arkansas.

The Samaritan Center is a regional organizations that supports both counties. They only give referrals to financial aid. Most of the resources are basic needs. There are free vouchers from a resale shop, school supplies, a cafe/soup kitchen, Snackpacks for kids and more. Continue with free services from Samaritan Center.

General health and dental care

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center offers patients access to a sliding fee scale, and the community clinic provides patients access to primary medical, dental and preventative health services. Most patients are low income or uninsured. They can also refer patients to other dental centers in Arkansas, and find free Arkansas dental clinics to apply at for more information. Hunstville Arkansas based, dial (479) 448-3796

Eureka Christian Health Outreach is another low income health care center in Madison and Carrol County Arkansas. Call (479) 253-5547.





Food pantries and banks

There are several places to turn to for free food, groceries, or other non-financial support, such as counseling, advice or information. Berryville New Life Evangelist Center ((870) 423-7214) provides food to people in need. Harvest Assembly Inc. ((870) 749-2750) partners with the Angel Food Program, the national charity that offers low cost food to people of all incomes. Open Arms Food Pantry of Huntsville Arkansas ((479) 738-6692) provides a food pantry or bank to individuals and families in the community with limited income or means.

By Jon McNamara

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