Garland County assistance programs.
Below you will find a listing of resources in Hot Springs and Garland County Arkansas. Get information on charities, non-profits, and other aid organizations. Receive help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, prescription medications, food, and other expenses.
Rental assistance program
If you are facing an eviction, or need some rental help, try these agencies.
- Emergency Food & Shelter Program, which can provide grants for paying rent and energy bills and is administered by Salvation Army 623-1628
- Hot Springs Arkansas Housing Authority 624-4420
- CSO (Community Services Office) 624-5724
Utility bill assistance
Four different options and places to turn to include:
- Entergy's The Power to Care (formerly Project Deserve) program which is currently administered by the Southern Good Faith Fund. Call them at 501-661-0322 Ext. 31.
- Centerpoint Reliant Energy offers the Good Neighbor Program. This fund is administered by CSO 624-5724.
- Emergency Food & Shelter Program. This is a federal government funded assistance program that is administered by St. Luke's Episcopal Church 623-1653.
- Home Energy Assistance Program. Another Arkansas and federal government program that is administered by CSO (Community Services Office) 624-5724.
Free legal assistance
Qualified low income and elderly clients can speak to an attorney at no cost. Try this non-profit law firms.
- Hot Springs office 624-2591
- Center for Arkansas Legal Services (formerly Legal Aid) 1-800-999-3106
Community Services Offices is a leading organization for low income and working poor families to contact for help. The regional community action agency has information, referrals, and details on certain financial assistance programs, including the emergency solutions grant. This is a main resource for paying rent or for the homeless to use for help with security deposits.
Some of the other key services in the greater Hot Springs area include funds for paying electric and heating bills from LIHEAP. Case managers have referrals to free food pantries, benefits such as SNAP food stamps and community clinics in the region too. Also, some clients may be issued emergency loans for certain housing expenses or paying other bills. For seniors or struggling families, the resources available may help them during their times of needs. More on emergency programs from Community Services.
Health care and medical bill assistance
To apply for Medicaid, which is run by both the federal government and the state of Arkansas, contact the Department of Human Services (Economic & Medical Services) at 321-2583.
- Health care assistance is also offered by the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic 318-1153
- Social Security (Medicare, Disability, SSI, TEFRA, Waiver) 624-0430
- To apply for ARKids 1st Medical Insurance program dial 1-888-474-8275
- Garland Arkansas County Health Department 624-3394
- Learn more about such options as how to get help from medical debt collectors.
Debt and mortgage help
If you are facing a foreclosure, are looking for mortgage assistance, or need access to some programs to help you get out of debt, try these debt and housing counseling agencies.
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service 1-800-255-2227
- Hot Springs office 321-1238
Free food and/or clothing in Garland County
These charities and non-profits offer either food assistance, vouchers, or gently used clothing.
To apply for food stamps from the state, contact Arkansas Department of Human Services 321-2583.
On the other hand, to receive a meal, free food &/or request pantry assistance call Salvation Army 623-1628, Jackson House 623-4048. Also to receive government surplus food or groceries, call Community Services Office 624-5724. There are several other non-profits to turn for free food. Some will even offer other support, such as seasonal programs around the holidays. Learn more.
New or gently used clothing if offered from the following. Salvation Army 623-1628. Jackson House 623-4048. Or try the Coats for Kids program, which is administered by School Counselors.
Free or discounted prescription medications and drugs
The following offer free prescription medications and drugs. Or click here to learn about such programs as patient assistance programs from companies such as Pfizer.
- Salvation Army 623-1628
- Jackson House 623-4048
- CSO (Community Services Office) 624-5724
- Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs are also administered by your doctor. Learn more.
- Another resource is the FamilyWize Discount Prescription Card provided by United Way of Garland County.