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Assistance programs Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little, River, Nevada, and Sevier County AR.

Get applications to the following services. Rent help, government cash assistance, foreclosure prevention, free food pantries and programs; medical or dental care and more. The churches in counties including Sevier or Hempstead County region, charities, non-profits in Lafayette County and government assistance programs help low income families. They also give free cars or clothes, prescription medications, school supplies, Christmas presents and help families reduce their debts.

The non-profit community action agency Southwest Arkansas Development Council, Inc. provides a number of services to low income families and the working poor. Some of the other main beneficiaries include senior citizens, the disabled, and families with young children.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is commonly called LIHEAP. It offers eligible low income families short-term grants to pay their utilities and heating bills. Also, households receiving LIHEAP are connected to family development resources in the region, including Nevada, Hempstead, and Sevier County. Another similar offering from Southwest Arkansas Development Council (as funding allows) is the Emergency Food and Shelter program.

Assistance for seniors is offered. They can get free meals, enjoy social activities, get information on government resources such as Medicare, and more.

Weatherization is often offered by Southwest Arkansas Development Council and those families that receive LIHEAP (per above) are some of the main beneficiaries. Qualified low income households can receive a variety of free services, including weather-stripping, attic and wall insulation, replacement of doors and windows, and other improvements. The non-profit runs this in the entire region, including Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Miller, and Sevier County. Call 501-776-8446 for information on weatherization.

Transportation is offered in a crisis to appointments such as medical emergencies or maybe a job interview. Medicaid clients may benefit too.

Education and job training resources are offered as part of a Literacy program. English as a Second Language (ESL), math, and workshops for beginning computer skills. Case management is offered from REACH for Success, which helps people set goals, attend budget counseling, receive job referrals, and access other support.




Homeless support - There may be occasional grants available from SWADC as the result of federal funding. When possible, the community action agency can provide information on programs to call that can provide help for paying rent, arrange transitional housing, or have funds for security deposits. Case managers may also have referrals to alternative financing in Hempstead or Sevier County, such as no interest loans.

A few offices of Southwest Arkansas Development Council, Inc. are as follows.

The Salvation Army of Hempstead County provides assistance with utilities and rent, when funds are available. Other services include free Christmas programs, meals, the Angel Tree, and case management. In some cases the non-profit may be able to help pay for a hotel/motel for a couple nights in an emergency situation.

There are also seasonal programs, such as free back to school supplies for students or utility help during hot summer months. Call the Hope Arkansas location at (870) 777-8227. There is also another location for Howard County and that Salvation Army center is in Nashville, Arkansas. (870) 845-0404.

Arkansas Human Development Corporation only supports migrants and seasonal farm workers. They can receive help for paying utility bills, rent, food, and other basic needs. The non-profit also has locations on free community clinics for medical needs. 205 Smith Road Suite C, Hope, AR 71801. Call (870) 777-9264.

Horatio Community Food Bank - First Baptist Church. Not only may have groceries, but may be able to assist with paying utility bills. (870) 832-2281

Hope In Action - The Benefit Bank Of Arkansas provides electric, free food, water and natural gas bill assistance. Other resources include Transitional Housing and homeless Shelter. 606 West Third Street, Hope, AR 71801, call (870) 777-8227.

Area Agency On Aging Of Southwest Arkansas may offer Home delivered meals, Senior Rides, and free groceries. Several other resources are offered for senior citizens. They can get information on prescription drug programs, Medicaid, and even financial assistance for utility bills from LIHEAP. Senior citizens often need other financial support too, and that may be offered, including financial aid for paying cancer bills.

  • 205 Thomas, Stamps, Arkansas 71860, dial (870) 533-2345
  • 220 Bell, Foreman, AR 71836, (870) 542-6253





Regional food banks and pantries

Rainbow Of Challenges, 500 South Main Street, Hope, Arkansas 71801, (870) 777-4501

Straight And Narrow Path can provide food, meals, and groceries to low income and struggling families. Holiday meals, clothing, and other basic needs may be offered too. 513 South Elm Street, Hope, AR 71801, telephone (870) 777-3842.

First Assembly Of God in Dierks Arkansas. (870) 286-2625. The pantry provides food to families with limited income in the community. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or small gifts may be offered too.

Central Baptist Church, 615 East Second Street, Prescott, AR 71857, (870) 887-2518First Presbyterian Church may offer free food, canned goods, and more. Prescott based. Call (870) 887-2518

Macedonia Baptist Church runs a free food bank for individuals, the poor, children and families with limited or no income within the community. Rural Route 4, Prescott, AR 71857. Call (870) 887-3765 for hours.

Prescott First Baptist Church - Call (870) 887-6696

Shady Grove Baptist Church can be reached at (870) 887-3866.

If a free food pantry is not available, then there are still ways to save money on groceries or to get free food, meals, and other support. Coupons, pantries, and charities may help. Find information on saving money on food shopping.

Low cost or free health and medical care from clinics

Arkansas Association Of Charitable Clinics - Charitable Christian Clinic Of Hope, (870) 777-8975

Arkansas Department Of Health - Center For Local Public Health has several locations in the region. Some basic medical or dental care may be offered, such as immunizations and check ups. Referrals are offered for more complicated medical needs.

  • 808 West 5th Street, Hope, AR 71801, (870) 777-2191
  • Howard County, 201 East Hempstead, Suite 2, Nashville, Arkansas 71852, (870) 845-2208
  • Lafayette County, 1113 Chestnut Street, Lewisville, AR 71845, (870) 921-5744
  • Little River County, 150 Keller Street, Ashdown, AR 71822, dial (870) 898-3831 for intake.
  • Nevada County center is at 1501 West First North, Prescott, AR 71857, telephone (870) 887-2004
  • Sevier County, 304 North 4th Street, De Queen, Arkansas 71832, (870) 642-2535

Cabun Rural Health Services - Hope Migrant/Community Health Center can be contacted at (870) 777-8420. Call for information on medical services administered.





Cabun Rural Health Services is located at 1117 Chestnut Street, Lewisville, AR 71845, (870) 921-5781. The non-profit community clinic offers low cost (or maybe free) primary health and dental care. Cleanings, check ups, prescriptions, and other care is offered.

Christian Health Center Of Howard County can provide medical care to income qualified residents of Howard County that range in age from 18 to 65. (870) 845-2871

Bradley Medical Center is a family medical clinic. 409 Woodruff Street, Bradley, Arkansas 71826, (870) 894-3366

Little River Memorial Hospital may offer patients q sliding fee scale and process Medicaid patients as well. (870) 898-5011

If these locations can’t help, or if dental care is needed, low income and uninsured families have options in counties including Lafayette, Nevada, Little and others. Find free dental community clinics.


By Jon McNamara

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