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Assistance in Logan, Perry, Polk, Scott, and Yell Counties Arkansas.

Find programs that serve the Arkansas River Valley area. Get financial help with rent, utilities, free food, and other assistance for basic needs, including free medical. A listing of charities, churches and government benefits that help low -income families are below. Locate financial assistance near you in Logan, Polk, Perry, Scott, and Yell County.

The agencies offer everything from free stuff to grant money. Apply for emergency loans for paying bills or rent, government hardship funds, information on free dental or medical care, clothes and more. There are also programs for kids including free school supplies or Christmas toys in counties in Logan and Yell as well as much more support.

Grants, job training and help from community action

The community action agency of the area is the Arkansas River Valley Area Council, Inc. (ARVAC). While they offer a number of resources, including emergency food and homeless shelter. They also help with long term support, including job training in Polk, Logan and other counties.

  • Probably the main program they run is the federal government funded Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which is available to help the working poor, seniors, disabled and low-income households. The is government money for paying for home energy costs. While funding is limited and income conditions are in place, the program provides financial assistance and cash grants for low to moderate income eligible households with a one-time per year payment that is made directly to the household's energy supplier.
  • The community action agency can also administer the LIHEAP Crisis Intervention Program as well as the Regular Assistance utility program. The Crisis Intervention Program is also used to help pay for deposits as well as utility hookups and shutoff notices or when a propane tank is below 10% capacity, so it helps people who run out of fuel.
  • In addition, ARVAC also runs the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. This utility bill and rent assistance program is used to help families and individuals who are threatened to be foreclosed upon or evicted or past due utility bills. There is also moving or security deposit help.
  • Mortgage relief and homebuying is offered too. Last, but not least, they can refer individuals to mortgage and Arkansas HUD counseling agencies.




The number of emergency services from the agency is extensive. While the council will try their best to offer funds for expenses such as rent or security deposits, in some cases a loan may be issued. Other benefits include applications to SNAP food stamps and weatherization. Most clients will also be able to participate in other services in the counties such as Perry or Polk, and that may include money management or credit counseling.

Call Arkansas River Valley Area Council, Inc. (ARVAC) at (479) 963-6325. The location is 124 N Elm St, Paris, AR 72855. Other aid is available from the non-profit as well. More information on resources from the non-profit Arkansas River Valley Area Council programs.

Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, or C-SCDC, is another local community action. The non-profit can provide both short and long term assistance to low-income single people, families, veterans and others. Some examples of what may be offered include the following.

  • Housing programs - A federal government HUD program known as ESG can provide tenants with grants to pay the security deposit on a new apartment or back rent.
  • Free food - The agency has information on pantries and soup kitchens in counties such as Perry and Polk. Some locations serve Christmas meals too or giveaway free Thanksgiving dinners.
  • Low income energy bill assistance, including weatherization is an option. This focuses on the elderly, disabled, or homes with young children. More on LIHEAP online applications in Arkansas.
  • Other services include credit repair, budgeting, foreclosure counseling, loans for emergency bills, and more.

As noted, this is another community action agency for the region, including Scott County AR. Find details on assistance from Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council.

Get financial help for bills, food, housing and free stuff

Community Outreach Services - A number of social services are offered from this non-profit. The charity offers assistance, including emergency homeless shelter to individuals who are homeless as well as rent and housing assistance. The center also provides financial help, including energy and utility bill payment assistance for qualifying families and individuals in the community.





  • When funding allows, there is medical bill payment assistance and prescriptions for qualifying low income individuals and families. In addition, get food, as Community Outreach provides groceries, baby formula, free hot lunches, pantry items, and other forms of aid for individuals and families who are in need of help. The address is 317 W Walnut St, Paris, AR 72855. Call (479) 963-3300.

Partners for Progress, which is located in Perryville Arkansas (call (501) 889-2422) is an agency that provides grants and financial assistance. The funds can help single moms or the low-income with paying for rent and utility bill payments in emergency situations when funds are available for the low income. It also offers emergency free food. There are programs for the unemployed, seniors, and other low income families in the region. The address is 1115 Aplin Ave, Perryville, AR 72126.

The Salvation Army Polk County Arkansasoperates a free food pantry, soup kitchen and low cost thrift store. In addition it also offers financial assistance for many expenses, including help with propane, utility bill payments (up to $50.00 in cash), and rent. There are also free school supplies, Christmas gifts for kids from Angel Tree and clothes for seniors or children. The location is 401 Sherwood Ave, Mena, AR 71953. Phone: (479) 437-3110. Or look here for other financial assistance programs from AR Salvation Army.

First Baptist Church Paris has a food bank. Free groceries, dairy, shelf-stable food and personal toiletries are offered from 311 E Main St, Paris, AR 72855. Phone: (479) 963-3260. Find other food banks in Arkansas too.

Arkansas Department of Human Services, or DHS, has multiple offices in the counties as below. They provide temporary cash assistance from TANF to help pay bills such as housing, car repairs, or electric. There are EBT (SNAP) applications, assistance for disabled people or seniors, Medicaid, and other benefits. Free daycare is also offered for child care costs. The public aid is short term in nature, and look here for help with daycare in Arkansas.

  • Polk County - 1802 N U.S. 71, Mena, AR 71953. Phone: (479) 394-3100
  • Perry County 213 Houston Ave, Perryville, AR 72126. Phone: (501) 889-5105
  • Scott County DHS is at 131 US-71 BUS, Waldron, AR 72958. Phone: (479) 637-4141
  • Yell County benefits are from 904 AR-10, Danville, AR 72833. Phone: (479) 495-2723

Care and Share of Dardandelle Arkansas may be able to provide assistance with paying for energy bills and utilities. The non-profit will also pay up to $50.00 twice a year per person for bills. In addition to food, the agency also offers a thrift shop that offers second hand clothing, furniture and other items at a lower retail price. Provides free clothing for families in need too, including adult or kid sized. The charity is at 107 State St, Dardanelle, AR 72834. Phone: (479) 229-1220.







There are regional holiday assistance programs. Most are in the Logan County area, but some are wide ranging. Find where to get free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals; toys for kids; games; boos; and other presents for a family. Continue with Logan County holiday help.

Mansfield First Baptist Church - The location provides assistance to families of limited income in the community, primarily in the form of free food. However other household products may be offered too. The location is 405 E Center St, Mansfield, AR 72944. Phone: (479) 928-5440

Ola United Methodist Church - The location provides a free food pantry for families and individuals with limited incomes, and also help may be offered for those who need some assistance with food. Location is 200 Leigh St, Ola, AR 72853. Phone: (479) 489-5518

Free health and medical centers

Logan County Department of Health (Paris AR) is equivalent to a community clinic. The government center provides public health services and government medical care, including disease prevention and surveillance. Or get STD checks, free vaccinations, physicals and other medical for people with no insurance or money. Call (479) 963-6126. The address is 150 S Lowder St, Paris, AR 72855

Scott County also runs a community clinic similar to above. Call (479) 637-2165. The location is 10 S Main St, Waldron, AR 72958.

People on Medicaid can get free eye care and exams. There are doctors, chains and vision centers that give exams, provide free glasses or contacts, and other support low-income people. Locate an eye center that takes Medicaid.

Free Clinic, Ninth Street Ministry, is another health care center that provides general medical and health care. There is also free basic dental, including root canals and teeth cleanings. The care is for those low income patients that do not have access to private or government health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare from the federal government. Call (479) 394-2541, the location is a church at 811 Port Arthur Ave, Mena, AR 71953


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