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Assistance programs in Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone County Arkansas.

There are many charities, churches, and government agencies in Northern and central Arkansas that provide either financial help or free stuff. Find where to get rental or utility bill assistance as well as free food, clothes, or gas cards. All of these resources are generally combined with job programs, free budgeting services and other social services.

Low-income families, including single parents, the disabled or elderly often get support. The agencies are located in all counties, including Fulton, Stone, Izard and other locations in Northcentral Arkansas. Read more details on the housing assistance programs, grocery and food programs and other financial aid resources below.

Financial assistance for paying rent, energy bills, and utilities

North Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. - The local community action agency may be able to offer financial assistance, free grant money and other support. Examples of programs include home weatherization, funds for back rent payments, as well as cooling and heating bill payment assistance. Low-income households can get this help from LIHEAP or homeless prevention programs.

The agency can even provide grants for rent and/or access to an emergency homeless shelter. Funding is limited, and the disabled and elderly take priority. The community action agency tries to stop evictions and homelessness in counties such as Independence, Fulton and others.

Most utility bill assistance programs are for ENTERGY customers only. In addition, they can offer food, in the form of USDA commodities which are distributed quarterly and home delivered meals. Last, but not least, they administers various programs that assist individuals with low income to become self supportive, such as counseling, job finding programs, and other aid.

The North Central Arkansas Development Council has other resources as well, many of them being grants from the state or federal government. There are hardship funds, some easier to get grant programs, crisis assistance and more. Dial (870) 793-5765, or find other places for easy grants to get.




One church type organization to contact Melbourne Ministerial Alliance. This group may be able to assist individuals and struggling families. There may be funds to help with utility bills, medical, health care expenses, gasoline, or back rent.

The Alliance will also accept applications for the grants as part of the Long-term Disaster Assistance Committee and the Heating Bill Assistance program funded by Arkansas Western Gas. In addition, the non-profit coordinates and provides The Benefit Bank of Arkansas assistance program. This service will allow clients to go on line to see if the qualify for food stamps, government programs like TANF cash aid, and medicaid. The address is the United Methodist Church at 233 Lunen St, Melbourne, AR 72556, and dial (870) 368-4438

First Baptist Church, which can be reached at (870) 670-5707, provides grants, free food and emergency rental assistance. There may also be free clothes, gasoline vouchers for work, groceries as well as one-time utility bill assistance to families of limited income. The address is 511 W Church St, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.

Senior citizens and people over 55 can call White River Area Agency on Aging. The center offers independent living services to the older members of the area. Also offers a rare and limited one time utility bill payment assistance to qualified older adults. There are also Meals on Wheels, information on Medicare and free medication programs. Located in Batesville, Arkansas, call (870) 612-3000.

Church of Christ - This organization provides assistance with paying for rent, housing needs and utilities through the church's benevolent funds. Each family or individual who applies and is found eligible is handled on a case-by-case evaluation. The church tries to help in what ever way they can for the families in the community. In some cases it may be financial aid, and others cases may be referrals. The address is 213 School Ave, Mountain View, AR 72560. There is also free stuff such as clothes, hygiene items and furniture. Phone (870) 269-3702





Salvation Army has a few branches in the northern Arkansas area. It provides both funds to prevent an eviction and/or a voucher for someone to stay in a hotel/motel for a few nights for the homeless or people that has experienced a disaster or financial crisis. Very limited assistance is offered. In addition, the Salvation Army also offers utilities assistance on a very limited bases, funds very limited.

Batesville Arkansas area as well as other households in Central - Northern Arkansas can also get help from the Salvation Army. In addition to the resources listed above, some basic needs like free food or clothing for work, school, or Christmas may be offered. There are also free Christmas toys (from Angel Tree) and Thanksgiving meals.

The social workers and case workers from the organization try to help as many low income and struggling individuals in the region as possible. The main address is 121 AR-201, Mountain Home, AR 72653. Phone - (870) 424-5708. Or read more Salvation Army Independence and North Arkansas.

Direct financial help from utility companies is offered. Salvation Army case workers can help clients apply. In addition to all those non-profit that serve the Izard, Fulton, Independence, Sharp, and Stone County areas, many other national programs are offered. Read more about energy bill assistance programs from utility companies.

Food pantries and banks in Northern Arkansas

Several different food banks and free pantries in the area include the following. They give free groceries, many have soup kitchens for meals and they also have holiday help. Free toiletries and other household items are also offered in counties such as Izard, Stone and Independence County. There are other grocery or food programs for those in need. Also, click here for information on how to get groceries for free.

Agape Food and Clothing Room of Salem Church Arkansas - Provides groceries, food and other social services for families and individuals with low income. Call (870) 895-2455

Cedar Ridge Food Pantry - People who are struggling or low income may offer food to families of limited income in the local community. There are also free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. The address is 31 4th St, Oil Trough, AR 72564. Call (870) 251-1605

Other locations are as follows. Calico Rood Community Center (call (870) 297-3096), Gospel Truth Church Food Pantry (dial (870) 297-8029), or try the free pantry at Ash Flat Church of Christ (phone (870) 994-2430). Groceries, laundry detergent, free soap or feminine items and more may be offered.





Health, dental and free medical care from clinics

Community Medical Center of Izard County is a local community clinic that offers free health care. Get women’s services, immunizations, medical check-ups for the poor or uninsured and more. Call (870) 297-3726 . The free medical and dental clinic is at 61 Grasse St, Calico Rock, AR 72519.

White River Health System, of Batesville Arkansas (call (870) 262-1200) also offers several types of medical and health care. The services range from basic check ups and immunizations to information on prescription assistance programs. There are some free dental services too. Some medical care is offered on a sliding fee scale.

By Jon McNamara














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