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Help with rent in Fort Smith Arkansas MSA area.

The Fort Smith Arkansas region has several housing and rental assistance programs available. They include free government grants, lawyers for tenants, and also low income apartments or housing. Since the city covers a wide area, the charity, churches or government agencies provide emergency rental or security deposit assistance to low-income families in Crawford, Sebastian, Logan and Franklin in the state of Arkansas as well as the counties of Sequoyah and LeFlore in Oklahoma. Find help with rent near you in Fort Smith Arkansas.

Note most of the charities as well as non-profits have very limited funding. Most of the financial assistance for housing costs, whether it is back rent, a deposit or storage fee, is available is via referrals. This means a struggling low income tenant (or senior citizen, single mom, or even Native American) may be referred to a local rent assistance program. Or look here for first time apartment renter programs.

Or other resources will be explored, such as cash loans, free legal aid, section 8 vouchers for a low-income apartment, and more. Find resources for rent, energy bill, security deposit, and other help in Fort Smith Arkansas below.

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Community Services Clearinghouse Fort Smith
Location is 4420 Wheeler Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901. Main phone - (479) 782-5074
A referral service only. Residents of all counties can learn about regional financial aid programs, for paying back rent or other costs (deposits, water, utility bills, etc.). There are also details on homeless, HUD VASH for veterans, single mom grants and more. Anyone who lives in the 7 county region, including Sebastian, can call for free information.

Senior citizen and Disabled - Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas
Location is 524 Garrison, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Phone: 479-783-4500
Senior citizens, no matter their income, can get free advice, including on grant money for paying rent on a subsidized homes. It touches on housing, medical needs, legal aid, and more. The goal is to allow the elderly or disabled to be independent, ideally in their own home or apartment.




Salvation Army of Crawford, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties
Main address is 301 N. 6th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Call 479-783-6145 for information or applications.
A number of social services are available, ranging from homeless shelters to low cost furniture from a Family Store. There may also be a few dollars of emergency financial help for paying bills, rent, and other costs, including free motel vouchers in Fort Smith AR.

Crawford Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc.
Main address is 1617 Zero St., Fort Smith, AR 72901. Telephone - 479-785-2303
Low income families and people in poverty can get help. Resources include government ESG grants for paying rent, Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Program, Weatherization, Housing counseling, and more. Find more information on community action agencies in Arkansas.

KI BOIS Community Action Foundation, Inc. - LeFlore County and Sequoyah County
Primary address is 204 Wall Street 1206 W. Redwood
Poteau, OK 74953 as well as the city of Sallisaw, OK 74955
There are a few main numbers to dial. They include 918-776-0848 or try 918-647-3267 or toll free at 866-341-3381.
This is another regional non-profit community action agency. They battle poverty.  Referrals to LIHEAP for energy bills, rental assistance grants, loans for home repairs or buying, job programs, and other financial aid may be available.

Hope Campus
Address: 301 S E St, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Phone: (479) 668-4764
A variety of housing programs are offered, including immediate back rent payment assistance, Rapid Rehousing, money for a security deposit and more. Single mothers, the disabled and homeless among others will get help.

Fort Smith Christian Womens
The charity is 320 N Greenwood Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Dial (479) 353-7001
Women facing DV, single mothers, and others will get help, including with housing, furniture, rental support and more.

Center for Arkansas Legal Services-Western Division
The address of the pro-bono law firm is at 901 South 21st, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Phone: 1-800-952-9243, 479-785-5211 or  (501) 376-3423
Tenants close to or living in poverty can get free legal aid. There is also assistance for senior citizens as well as people living in poverty. This can include free help for stopping evictions, foreclosure, or housing discrimination. Or get legal help in applying for disability or section 8 HUD rent vouchers.





Low income housing and section 8 HUD vouchers are offered. There are a few government affiliated/supported organizations. There will be rent subsidized housing for the very low income, seniors, and/or disabled as well. The organizations include:

  • Fort Smith Housing Authority, 2100 North 31St. Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904. The main phone number is 479-782-4991.
  • Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is based at 17675 S Muskogee Ave., P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464. The number is 1-800-837-2869.

Shelters and temporary housing

Next Step Homeless Services – An emergency day shelter
123 N. 6th Street, Suite 200, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Phone number is 479-782-5433

Community Rescue Mission
This is also a short term housing program - shelter. Location is 310 N. F. St, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Call 479-782-1443
Free food, meals, and shelter/lodging is offered. Once stabilized, referrals to rental and moving programs in Fort Smith Arkansas will be provided.

United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
3913 Brooken Hill Drive, Fort Smith, AR 72908. Dial 479-646-8300
Tenants will get information on buying a home, including applications to loans, government grants and other aid.


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