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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 organizations. Receive help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, prescription medications, food, medical care, and other expenses.

Rental assistance program

If you are facing an eviction, or need some rental help, try these agencies. They may also offer security deposit grants, loans, eviction prevention legal aid, and more.

  • 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

The Garland County Salvation Army offers comprehensive programs. It includes the possibility of rent help and so much more. There is a free food pantry, Christmas toys or meals, electric bill help, a low cost Family Store, case management, and school supply items among other goods. The staff can also offer clothes, information on local charities, a homeless shelter and many other social services. Continue with Salvation Army assistance programs in Garland County.

Utility bill assistance

Four different options and places to turn to include the following. Everything from water to light to cooling bills may be paid.




  • Entergy's The Power to Care program which is currently administered by The Salvation Army of of Hot Springs. Call them at 501-623-1628.
  • 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. Some may operate free furniture banks as well for low income families.

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. Continue with free food pantries in Garland County.

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 find free drugs from Pfizer or learn about such resources as patient assistance programs. As there is help from other companies such as Merck, Pfizer, and others.





  • 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. More on patient assistance programs.
  • Another resource is the FamilyWize Discount Prescription Card provided by United Way of Garland County.


By Jon McNamara

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