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Lonoke County assistance programs.

Arkansas Human Development Corporation

This state run and funded government agency offers the following services. The government agency may be able to provides cash grants and financial assistance for utility bills, cooling and electric expenses, and funds for paying rent for season and migrant workers only. Aid is limited and offered on a case by case basis. Call (501) 676-2721.

Community action agency of Lonoke Arkansas

The non-profit Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. offers the largest number and most extensive assistance programs.

Utility bill help - The agency runs the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This government funded program provides families and individuals with short-term fuel and energy bill assistance. Persons receiving aid from LIHEAP are connected to family development resources and government programs, which provide a link to long-term resources to help families become self-reliant over the years.

Another option is CADC’s Family Development Program, which offers a program known as Assurance 16, which provides a financial incentive to persons completing economic literacy workshops, such as debt reduction and budgeting. In addition, the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter program utilizes FEMA funds to assist eligible households with paying utility bills, and even rent. Job finding services - A program known as SHARE Network Access Points serves at sites where jobseekers

 and the unemployed can look for jobs and employment opportunities in their own local communities, including Lonoke, and the program can help them get assistance by trained individuals who connect them to jobs using the Arkansas JobLink (AJL) system via direct referrals and computers. Using the AJL system, job seekers can search for available jobs, post their résumé, and also register with Arkansas’ State Employment Service  so they can be referred to jobs for which they may qualify.

Weatherization assistance program - This is a service that was designed to make homes more energy efficient and safe, and help people save money on their utility and energy bills. The weatherization program is a proven method of reducing high-energy costs and bills, and it will help homeowners with conserving energy in the home. Households can receive weather-stripping of doors and windows, attic and wall insulation, caulking and sealing cracks and holes, furnace retrofitting, storm window installation, and other measures to reduce the energy consumption and utility bills in the home.




Food - The agency is involved in distributing canned and packaged foods to eligible households in the community.

General assistance -  A highly trained, professional CADC staff member will provide assistance to local customers and families that are seeking benefits, including medical, food stamps, information on government assistance programs, health insurance and child care subsidy grants.

Call the Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. at (501) 778-1133.

Brownsville Baptist Church

This facility provides food assistance to families of limited and low income in the community. Call (501) 676-2460

Additional financial aid in Lonoke County

The Salvation Army of Lonoke is committed to helping the less fortunate. Case managers, social workers, and volunteers from the non-profit charity organization offer assistance in a number of different forms. This can include referrals to state and federal government resources. The Salvation Army can also provide direct financial assistance for paying bills such as electric and rent.

A couple other focuses are on distributing free groceries, food, and basic needs items such as clothing. Basically the organization offers low income families a number of emergency financial assistance programs and other services. Click here for information on Salvation Army in Little Rock region.





CADC also provides support in the area. This is another Lonoke area community action agency and the staff there work with the poor, unemployed, and seniors. Contact them for information on, or referrals too, resources such as the USDA Commodity Food program, rent help from Emergency Food and Shelter program, free tax preparation, and LIHEAP utility bill assistance.  A number of other social services are administered from the agency as well. Click here emergency help from Central Arkansas Community Development Community Action.


By Jon McNamara

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