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Assistance programs Craighead County and Jonesboro.

Get information on financial assistance programs and places for free stuff in Craighead County. Find charities, churches, and government programs for free food or emergency rental or utility bill assistance. Locate free dental or medical care clinics, charities that give students back to school supplies, and other social services in the Jonesboro area.

Charity agencies and non-profits run various assistance programs for qualified families and individuals in the area. Some other the other programs include foreclosure, debt, and mortgage help or free Christmas toys for children in Jonesboro and the county. There are even places that give away free cars near you.

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 financial aid 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. The Salvation Army will also offer housing and rent assistance, emergency homeless shelters, food, and a thrift store.

Seasonal support is offered too. This includes free stuff, such as summer camp for kids or back to school supplies or backpacks. Or get free Christmas gifts from Adopt a Family and holiday meals. Call the Jonesboro agency at (870) 932-3785 for more information or to apply for help. Read Craighead County 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 utility bill help from Crowley Ridge.

Residents 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 will each year struggle with paying their mortgage, personal debts and credit card bills. Many are also facing bankruptcy. Credit Counseling of Arkansas is the organization that anyone in need of assistance will want to contact if they fall into these categories.

The non-profit organization provides qualified individuals with free debt and credit counseling sessions. Staff can help clients repair their credit or enter into a debt management program. there are also 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 financial assistance programs.

 

 

 

 

Food pantries, free groceries 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 and soup kitchens as well. Find free groceries, Meals on Wheels services for the homebound and other hunger prevention resources. There may be sites that are more convenient to the resident. Read more free food pantries Craighead County.

General health care for uninsured and low income

The Jonesboro Church Health Center is one local free clinic that provides very low cost general medical care for people with no health insurance. there will also be some free basic dental care, such as cleanings. Medical assistance is also for those who are on government programs including Medicaid or Medicare.

The Church health center is 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.

 

By Jon McNamara

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