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Help with rent in Fort Smith Arkansas MSA area.

The Fort Smith Arkansas region has several housing assistance programs available. They range from referrals to rent assistance, government grants, homeless shelters, and also low income apartments or housing. Since the city covers a wide area, the charity, churches or government agencies can provide emergency rental or security deposit assistance or referrals to residents of the counties including Crawford, Sebastian, Logan and Franklin in the state of Arkansas as well as the counties of Sequoyah and LeFlore in Oklahoma.

Note most of the charities as well as non-profits have very limited or even no funding. Most of the assistance 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 other resources will be explored, such as cash loans, free legal aid, and more. Find resources for rent, energy bill, security deposit, and other help in Fort Smith below.

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. 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.

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.

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: 479-785-5211
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

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
Location is 310 N. F. St
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Call 479-782-1443
Free food, meals, and shelter/lodging is offered.

By Jon McNamara

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