Craighead County assistance programs.

Get information and details on services and resources that can provide food, help with rent, and other aid. Agencies and non-profits run various assistance programs for qualified families and individuals in the area, including Jonesboro and Lake City. Some other the other programs include foreclosure, debt, and mortgage help, as well as financial assistance for utility bills.

Emergency financial assistance and social services

The Salvation Army, Jonesboro Corps, is one of the local agencies that provides low income, the working poor and other individuals with access to emergency and crisis programs. While you will need to apply for help, and must be found to be qualified, some of the programs they offer can help people with paying electric, gas, and water bills, offer housing and rent assistance, emergency shelters, food, and a thrift store. Call the Jonesboro agency at (870) 932-3785 for more information or to apply for help. Read Craighead Salvation Army assistance.

Jonesboro based Crowley's Ridge Development Council, Inc. is the local community action agency that serves families and individuals in Craighead County. They offer low income, the working poor, and other qualified individuals access to the following services.

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This energy program provides eligible households with help in paying utility and cooling bills.
  • Budgeting and money programs - Speak to a counselor to learn how to deal with credit issues, debt counseling, and learn about mortgage and foreclosure assistance options.
  • Food programs can help families with children and others who are wondering where their next meal is coming from.
  • Senior citizen assistance - People over the age of 60 can receive aid.
  • Information and referrals - Once of the most important resources offered by any community action agency is information. They can direct people to Arkansas and Craighead County government assistance programs, local charities, health care programs, and charities.




  • Cash assistance for utilities - Emergency funds and grants can also be paid out by Development Council, Inc. Many Arkansas families will experience an increase in their electric bills during the hot summer, so most of the funds are available during the summer and will be prioritized for paying cooling bills and any air conditioning expenses. Learn more.

You can call Crowley's Ridge Development Council, Inc. at (870) 802-7100. There are several other services available as well from the non-profit. The overall goal is on self-sufficiency for clients, with some short term financial aid or loans provided in the meantime. Read more Crowleys Ridge Development Council.

Foreclosure, debt, and credit counseling

Thousands of Arkansas families are struggling with paying their mortgage and credit card bills. Many are also facing bankruptcy. Credit Counseling of Arkansas is the organization you want to contact if you fall into these categories. The non-profit organization provides qualified individuals with free debt and credit counseling sessions, a debt management program, free personal finance seminars, they can negotiate with creditors to help stop late and over limit fees. Many of the debt programs they offer can also help reduce interest rates and monthly payments. They can also help people get their credit scores and improve their ratings. Find information on how to get attorney debt settlement options.

As far as housing programs, they can help homeowners in the county as well. They also offer foreclosure and housing counseling services, including mortgage delinquency counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, and home buying financial assistance. Call the credit and debt counseling agency at (479) 271-8866. Or click here to learn about additional mortgage programs.

Food pantries and distribution centers

These locations try to prevent hunger in Craighead County. Based on donation levels, there may be free groceries or special support such as Christmas meals. Or case managers can direct a qualified low income family to public benefits.

  • Helping Neighbors Food Pantry - Jonesboro (870) 935-7298
  • First Baptist Church Care Center - Jonesboro (870) 932-1872
  • Highland Drive Baptist church - Jonesboro (870) 932-2197
  • Community Fellowship Church - (870) 802-4232
  • Find the location of other food pantries as well. There may be sites that are more convenient to the resident. Read more.




General health care for uninsured and low income

The Jonesboro Church Health Center is one local clinic that provides very low cost general medical care for people with no health insurance or those who are on government programs including Medicaid or Medicare. They are a community clinic dedicated to helping as many patients as possible. Or if they can’t help you, they will refer you to someone who can. Call them at (870) 972-4777.


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