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Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone County Arkansas assistance programs.

Financial assistance for paying rent, energy bills, and utilities

North Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. - The local community action agency which may be able to offer financial and other assistance. Examples of programs include home weatherization, rent payment, cooling and heating bill payment assistance. The agency can even provide grants for rent and/or  emergency shelter. Funding is limited, and the disabled and elderly take priority. Most 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. Dial (870) 793-5765

One church type organization to contact Melbourne Ministerial Alliance. This group may be able to  assist individuals and people with utilities bills, medical, health care expenses, gasoline, rent and with 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 that will allow clients to go on line to see if the qualify for food stamps, government programs, and medicaid. (870) 368-4438

First Baptist Church, which can be reached at (870) 670-5707,. provides grants and rental assistance and utility bill assistance to families of limited income.

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. Located in Ash Flat Arkansas (870) 994-3090




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 fund 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. Mountain View. 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. (870) 269-4321 Mountain View as well as Melbourne Arkansas (870) 368-4318

Batesville Arkansas area families 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. The social workers and case workers from the organization try to help as many low income and struggling individuals in the region as possible. Read Salvation Army Independence and North Arkansas.

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 pantries in the area include. Also, click here for information on both state and federal government programs.

Agape Food and Clothing Room of Salem Arkansas - Provides groceries, food and other aid for families and individuals with low income. (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. Call (870) 251-1605

Calico Rood Community Center ((870) 297-3096), Gospel Truth Church Food Pantry ((870) 297-8029), Ash Flat Church of Christ ((870) 994-2430)

Health and medical care from clinics

Community Medical Center of Izard County is a local community clinic that offers free health care. (870) 297-3726

White River Health System, of Batesville Arkansas (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. Some medical care is offered on a sliding fee scale.





By Jon McNamara

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