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Assistance programs in Northeastern Arkansas area.

The agencies listed below provide services to people who live in the Arkansas counties of Woodruff, Cross, Crittenden, Jackson, St. Francis, and Poinsett. This region is the northeastern part of the state.

Crowley's Ridge Development Council, Inc. – Is the local community action agency that administers a number of programs for the low income and those faced with poverty.

Receive financial help for paying utility bills from the federal government and state of Arkansas Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This resource can provide qualified households with cash grants or emergency assistance for paying their cooling and utility bills. The LIHEAP program pays benefits based on the applicant’s household income as well as number of residents. An additional benefit is available to eligible households across the northeastern part of the state, including in Jackson and Cross counties, who have a high monthly energy burden.

LIHEAP also provides a summer program. This will assist with paying regular electric bills or shut off notices during the hot and humid Arkansas summers. Any type of utility payments is always made directly to the vendor or energy provider.

Low income housing and affordable houses are available from the Housing Services division. Over 40 homes and/or apartments may be available for low to moderate income families to rent. Both the security deposits due, as well as the monthly rent expense for the units, tend to be affordable for qualified applicants.

For those from the northeastern part of Arkansas that are facing evictions or homelessness, the CRDC agency may have information on resources in Poinsett or other counties such as St. Francis that can offer solutions. This may range from landlord mediation to emergency grants or zero interest rate loans to make an emergency rental payment.

Credit services and Household Budgeting Training are offered by Crowley's Ridge Development Council. Both group and individual training sessions and workshops are designed to increase the money management skill level of low income and struggling individuals. One of the main programs is known as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation MONEY SMART program. Learn more about debt reduction, credit repair, and other budget and credit programs.





Apply for energy conservation services from the Weatherization Program. Renters and owners of standard or even mobile homes across the region, in counties such as St. Francis and others, can apply for improvements, including insulation, to reduce their energy bills. Up to $6500 is total benefits can be provided as part of weatherization. All services are free.

Referral and Information is offered by case workers and specialists at CRDC. The non-profit can connect residents to various services and information in the region, including the counties of Woodruff and Crittenden. If CRDC does not offer the assistance programs or services someone needs, the non-profit will do their best to refer people to other local agencies, churches, or charities that can help you with your bills or need. For example, get information on homeless prevention, food stamps, and other public aid. More Arkansas public assistance programs.

Food For Kids Programs In Cross County offers home-delivered and congregate meals for residents with physical and mental disabilities as well as senior adults in the community.

Crowley's Ridge Development Council, Inc. has multiple offices around the region, including the main center at 2401 Fox Meadow Lane, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401, telephone (870) 802-7100. Click more information.

Arkansas Area Agency On Aging has several offices around the region as noted below. Some of the services offered include housing for older adults; free or low cost general legal assistance; transportation and home delivered meals and on site meals for seniors.

  • Cross County, 1421 South Falls, Wynne, Arkansas 72396, (870) 238-3816
  • White River Area Agency On Aging, Jackson County Aging Program, 947 Hout Circle, Newport, AR 72112, phone (870) 523-5650
  • Poinsett County, 351 Campbell Street, Trumann, Arkansas 72472, dial (870) 483-2532
  • Woodruff County Aging Program, 303 West Cache Street, Patterson, AR 72123, main number (870) 731-5053

Good Shepherd Center – Does have limited amounts of financial assistance. This can include funds for paying utility bills. Some very limited amounts of assistance can be offered for individuals who are unable to fully pay for medical bills such as prescription medication. Food is also offered for those who need it and are faced with an emergency. 100 Kennedy Avenue, Wynne, Arkansas 72396, phone (870) 238-8322

Good Neighbor Love Center – Location is 780 North Airport Road, West Memphis, AR 72301, call (870) 735-0870. Offers general assistance with basic needs for qualified low income people in a crisis situation.





Forrest City Arkansas Human Development Corporation will only support migrant and seasonal farm workers. On a case by case basis, some limited financial assistance is offered. Also may offer employment programs, such as job training and placement for seasonal or migrant farm workers. Dial (870) 633-6895

Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation – Administers levelized billing plans and electric bill assistance. For its customers. Telephone is (870) 633-2262

The Salvation Army of Forrest City and Saint Francis can be reached at (870) 633-2273. Various social services and emergency assistance is offered. Receive help with paying rent and utilities, when money is available. Food, groceries, and holiday meals are also offered.

Arkansas Department Of Health - Center For Local Public Health of the Northeast Region of Arkansas has various clinics and health centers in the region. In addition to medical services, also turn to the centers for dental care and cardiology, among other aid. Some of the medical and dental care offered includes.

  • Offers health screening and testing for basic illnesses.
  • The clinic provides a federal government funded program that also provides food vouchers and nutrition education for pregnant women, infants and children younger than age five, and new mothers who can’t afford an adequate diet. Vouchers for the food and meals are picked up at a WIC site. Some of the food and groceries available in Arkansas include vegetables, milk, cheese, baby formula, eggs, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and beans in most grocery stores and retailers.
  • They also offer, through Medicare, a special caring hospice program for those with a terminal illness. This particular hospice program also covers medical equipment, prescription medications, and provides bereavement counseling for the family/caregiver after the patient dies.
  • Educational information about drug abuse.
  • Dental care, cleanings, and checkups may be offered, or receive referrals to for these services.

Cross Center location is 704 Canal Street, Wynne, Arkansas 72396, phone (870) 238-2101
Crittenden County center is at 841 Ruth, Earle, AR 72331, dial (870) 792-7393
Other locations of the Arkansas Department Of Health include 119 North Main Street, Harrisburg, AR 72432, dial (870) 483-5761, 413 North Division, Forrest City, AR 72335, call (870) 633-1340, 623 North 9th Street, Augusta, Arkansas 72006, telephone (870) 347-5915. Find more Arkansas clinics.

Northeastern Arkansas food pantries

Eighth Street Mission For Jesus Christ – Provides congregate meals, a community food pantry, and emergency food to the needy. Call (870) 735-6010

West Memphis First Baptist Church - 200 Missouri Street, West Memphis, Arkansas 72301, call (870) 735-5241




Hands Extended Love Program - Tuckermann Family Worship – Low income may receive food, meals, and other support. 215 Webb Street, Tuckerman, AR 72473. Telephone (870) 349-2402

New Vision Worship Center- Operation Compassion, 900 East South Street, Harrisburg, AR 72432, phone (870) 578-2615. Many residents of Poinsett use this facility.

Harrisburg First United Methodist Church operates a food bank from 204 South Main Street in Harrisburg, Arkansas. Dial (870) 578-5407

Saint Francis County Food Pantry – Dial the center at (870) 630-1823

New Hope For Today is based in Forrest City, Arkansas. Main number is (870) 494-5778


By Jon McNamara

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