Faulkner County assistance programs.

Health care for the uninsured

Conway Interfaith Clinic has a goal to provide health and medical care to the uninsured and working poor the Faulkner County area. The clinic is focused on helping the working uninsured as well as the underinsured in the community. The health clinic consists of both medical and dental services with the dental services targeted toward children and the medical resources designed around a family practice model. There will also be a dispensary and support is provided for the indigent and low income pharmaceutical programs. The medical clinic will charge for its services using a sliding scale that will be sensitive to personal income, so the amount of medical bills will vary. The dental services will be charged to ARKids first health insurance. Dial 501-932-0559.

Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, Inc.

This is a non-profit agency that helps low income people in Conway and Faulkner County. They offer access to various assistance programs, as well as advice and counseling.

Weatherization assistance program. This is an option that will reduce heating and energy bills for 30 years or more for qualified individuals. Some measures of the weatherization program, such as insulating walls, attics, and other structures will for example continue to provide savings on energy bills for the lifetime of the home or apartment. Others services offered by weatherization, such as making heating and cooling equipment more efficient, will provide savings to the homeowner for anywhere from 10 to 15 years. On average, the value of the Weatherization improvement to a house is over 200 times greater than the cost of the improvement itself. And best of all, the improvements are free to the homeowner. The program focuses on the low income, elderly, and others.

Food. The community action agency can provides emergency food to eligible persons. Participants need to be referred by the Arkansas state government DHS, and they must also be low income.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LHEAP). This is a federal government funded program that has two main components. The first is providing grants for paying monthly utility bills. The second component is to provide emergency financial assistance to help people pay a bill if they are facing a disconnection.





Emergency government grants, from EF&SP and other resources, can help with expenses as well as food. The non-profit CAPCA uses these funds to help with security deposits in Faulkner County. Other resources may include free boxes of food, mediation to prevention evictions, and more.

Call the Conway Arkansas based Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, Inc. at (501) 329-9247 to learn more about these assistance programs, other services, or to apply for help. Find more details on Community Action Program for Central Arkansas.

Emergency financial assistance in Faulkner County

Another of the leading non-profit organizations is the Salvation Army. This center has a few locations in the region and offers a number of social services, financial aid, and guidance to the needy and low income. A pantry, thrift store, and clothing closet can provide free clothing, school supplies, and certificates or vouchers for basic needs. While more limited, some Conway area families may receive cash assistance or loans for paying expenses such as rent or energy bills.

Providing assistance and joy around the holidays is always another focus of the agency. Families, in particular those with young children, will enroll in programs for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Children and families can receive free gifts, meals, and other support. The Salvation Army also runs other assistance programs as well. Continue Salvation Army Faulkner County.




Families can also turn to clothing closets. Non-profit centers around the Faulkner County Arkansas region distribute items such as school supplies, Christmas toys and gifts, shoes, boots, and school uniforms. The working poor and very low income may receive the items for free, if they meet income conditions. Click here for more details.

Local churches and charities operate food pantries and soup kitchens as well. Based on the level of donations from across Faulkner County as well as volunteer levels, there may be canned groceries, baby formula for new or single moms, diapers, and other free food. Some even provide Christmas meal or gifts as well as applications to SNAP food stamps.

  • Central Baptist Church has a pantry based in Conway. Phone - (501) 329-9283.
  • Greater Pleasant Baptist offers clothing, basic food items, blankets to the homeless, and other goods. Call (501) 327-2164 for hours.

As many as 15 other food banks and charities help feed the hungry. They also offer seasonal support, such as Christmas toys, meals, Easter baskets, and other support. Read more Faulkner County food pantries.




By Jon McNamara

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