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Pulaski County Arkansas assistance programs.

Find how to apply for financial assistance. Charity and government funds can help pay for rent or security deposits, or they cover clothes and food costs. There are churches in Pulaski County as well that help the low income, government job placement and training centers, as well as free non-profit credit counseling for anyone in debt.

Emergency grants and assistance for bills

The Little Rock Salvation Army operates several offices around the Pulaski County area. They provide local residents with a variety of emergency and disaster assistance, including free food, support for housing and lodging and counseling to help meet basic human needs. Overall they provide short term relief. Specifically, some of the programs offered by the Salvation Army include:

  • Free prescription drugs and vouchers for medications. Find details on other prescription medication programs for the low income.
  • Rent assistance. From time to time, as funding allows, the charity may be able to provide money that people can use to pay their rent, or avoid an eviction from their housing or apartment.
  • School supplies and clothing
  • Utility and heating bill assistance and cash grants to pay energy bills

Also, if the Salvation Army can’t provide you with funds or if they can’t meet your particular need, they can refer you to other Arkansas or federal government assistance programs, or other local agencies that may be able to aid you. Phone (501) 374-9296, or read more on Little Rock Salvation Army assistance.

Pulaski County Community Action Agency

The local non-profit agency, Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc., services people in Little Rock and throughout the county. They run several different programs, including those that you will find noted here and immediately below. Call the agency at (501) 778-1133 for more information or to apply.




  • Debt Counseling and Money Management - The Central Arkansas Development Council runs a Money Management program as well as also provide Individual Development Accounts to people who need financial aid or to develop their skills. The various programs are designed to help people eliminate debt, whether it is medical or credit card debt and overall help people become more financially self-sufficient. The training that is provided covers 10 different classes that range from banking and saving, to credit card reduction and investing wisely. Individual Development Accounts are matched savings accounts that people can also apply for.
  • Energy Bill Crisis Intervention - The Arkansas and federal government Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides individuals and families with short-term fuel assistance and cash grants to pay electric and energy bills. In addition to receiving financial aid, persons who are receiving LIHEAP funds are also connected to family development resources, which provide additional support in the form of a link to long-term resources to help families become self-reliant over the long term. Lastly, another benefit is the Emergency Food and Shelter program which utilizes FEMA funds to assist eligible households with paying their utility bills.
  • Scholarship Fund - The Single Parent Scholarship fund provides education and financial assistance to single parents. The scholarship can be used to cover emergencies and other education bills. Find details and learn more scholarship programs.
  • Job Finding Services - If you are looking for employment, or need some advice, The SHARE Network Access Point is available to jobseekers. Job seekers can get tips and advice from trained professionals, they can search for available jobs, post their résumé so they can be referred to jobs for which they may qualify, and also register with Arkansas’ State Employment Service, all in an effort to help people locate employment opportunities.
  • The Weatherization program - This free program was designed to help people lower their energy bills by making their homes both more energy efficient and safe. The weatherization program is a proven method of reducing high-energy bills and costs, and it will help people conserve energy in the home. Qualified households can receive wall and attic insulation, caulking and sealing cracks and holes, weather-stripping of doors and windows, storm window installation, furnace and heating system retrofitting, and other measures to reduce the energy consumption in the home and help people save money.
  • The Benefit Bank - This resources gives families and individuals access to several benefits at one centralized location. A counselor will provide assistance and free advice to help customers seeking benefits, including food stamps, health care, medical, information on government programs, health insurance, child care subsidy, debt help and more. Find more low income assistance programs.

The organization is also known as CADC, and several other programs are administered. Counselors from the site can also provide referrals to other financial resources in central Arkansas. Continue with assistance from Central Arkansas Development Council.





Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock

This non-profit charity organizations will help in meeting the basic needs of the low-income, unemployed elderly or others who are impacted by the weak economy, or who may be suffering from emergencies or short term financial hardships. Get access to rent help, food, and other aid, as funding allows. Phone (501) 372-7257. Or find more details on emergency assistance from Helping Hand of Little Rock.

Help for rent, utility bills, medications, and other programs

Saint Francis House - The Benefit Bank of Arkansas may be able to provide (limited) financial assistance with paying for prescriptions, heating and utilities and rental assistance when funds are available. They also help veterans and run a free clinic for the underinsured, which can help families save money on their medical bills. Low income, elderly, and others are targeted by the agency. Dial (501) 664-5036 to reach the Little Rock Arkansas based agency. More details on Saint France Housing assistance programs.

Arkansas Human Development Corporation provides help to migrants and seasonal workers. Money may be available for rent and paying utility bills. Call (501) 374-1103.

Watershed Human and Community Development Agency ((501) 378-0176) offers assistance with utilities and energy bills for people with limited income.

St. Anne Catholic Church is part of the local Society of Saint Vincent. The volunteers and parishes provides everything from free boxes of groceries from a pantry to emergency financial aid, transportation services, clothes or furniture and other support. Low income families can try the Little Rock SVDP for assistance.

Little Rock Department of Housing and Urban Development - This local government agency can provide housing, rent, and utility help from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The program can offer up to 18 months of rent assistance, funds for paying security and utility deposits, emergency grants to prevent an eviction or disconnection, and more. Another benefit is a client can gain access to counseling, including credit repair and debt reduction. Call the Little Rock Arkansas agency at (501) 371-6825.

Churches - A number of parishes, churches, and charities partner with the Pulaski County faith based organization. Social services and limited financial assistance may be offered to seniors, disabled and qualified low income families. If the organization can’t meet your needs, they can often refer you to a non-profit or government agency that can help. Programs include medical care, Christmas meals and gifts, immigration assistance, and other aid. More on help from Pulaski County churches.





Jacksonville First United Methodist Church - The church coordinates the Benefit Bank of Arkansas for Pulaski County residents. They provide 2 free meals a week for our community. The meals are held on Wednesday's from 5:30 pm  to 6:30 pm and Saturday's from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Also get help in applying for public assistance programs. 220 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076, dial (501) 982-8176

Helping People With AIDS (HPWA) - Patients with HIV may qualify for help. Access shelter, rent assistance, and help for paying utilities. 1021 Jessie Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72214, (501) 666-6900

Free basic household goods, furniture, school items and clothes - If you need clothing for school, Christmas or other personal hygiene items, or used furniture, then churches, charities, and clothing closets can help Pulaski County families. They operate free furniture and clothing banks. Many of the items, including Christmas gifts, may be offered for free. Others are sold at a very low cost from regional thrift store locations. Learn more Little Rock free clothing centers, furniture, and school supplies.

Central Arkansas Team Care for The Homeless provides assistance to those facing eviction or the homeless in Pulaski County. Self-sufficiency, help with low income permanent housing and more is available. The address is 500 West Markham, West Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, call (501) 244-5420, or read more CATCH housing programs.

Human Services and government benefits - The county provides the very low income with help for their basic needs. There are a few main resources in the Little Rock area and county, and include the following.

  • Food - Social workers can help clients apply for SNAP food stamps or Emergency Assistance.
  • Grants - Options include funds for paying utility or air conditioning bills from LIHEAP as well as TEA and financial assistance for rent from ESG.
  • Medical care - Pulaski County families can enroll into Medicaid and other programs.
  • Many other resources are available from Human Services, and read more Pulaski County public aid.

Financial assistance for paying rent - There are several churches and non-profits that focus on offering rental help to Pulaski County families. They may also assist individuals with paying deposits and locating affordable low income housing units, apartments and homes. Find a listing of Pulaski County rent programs.

Pulaski County holiday programs - There are several available to low income households. The primary options include Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tot during Christmas. There are also places to go to for a free holiday meal. Find Pulaski County Christmas programs.

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul has several churches and charities across Arkansas and the Little Rock area. Volunteers from the charity focus on helping the poor and less fortunate. The organizations may provide items such as free food, meals, clothing, and basic supplies. Other items distributed can include financial aid for paying emergency expenses, such as utilities or rent. Saint Vincent is also a great place to learn about other government programs, including food stamps and temporary cash assistance. Some volunteers may even visit your home. More St. Vincent programs in Arkansas.





Center For Women In Transition can help with housing expenses, education, and employment opportunities. Basic needs such as clothing and food can also be provided. Or look into financial assistance. This is only offered for ex offenders in Pulaski County. 1114 Garland Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, (501) 372-5522.

The Central Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, known as CareLink, assists thousands of Pulaski County residents per year. The non-profit helps senior citizens and/or individuals with a disability. Programs include Medicare prescription drug counseling, home delivered meals, and affordable legal aid. Assistance is also for their caretakers. 308 Main St, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, (501) 534-3268. Read Arkansas senior assistance programs.

Central Arkansas Water - This company will provide qualified low income families with assistance and payment plans. The primary resources available include Customer Assistance Fund, Help to Others, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Many of these assistance programs are administered with non-profits that operate across Pulaski County Arkansas. Find more details on Central Arkansas Water assistance programs.

Candlelighters Of Central Arkansas is for families with children that have cancer. Resources can help pay for basic living expenses such as car repairs, rent/mortgage, utilities, and travel costs. Food and lodging related to treatment and medications can be paid for along with funeral expenses. 516 West Pershing Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR 72114, dial (501) 376-4567

Pulaski County Arkansas resources and programs that can help anyone across Arkansas

Find details and information on non-profits, organizations, and government programs that can help people in Little Rock and Pulaski County. Get free food, help for rent, energy bill assistance, debt counseling, and mortgage help.

In addition to those statewide resources, many national charities, churches, and government benefits are available in the state. They can help the poor, unemployed, immigrants, and others. Whether employment, extra cash aid, counseling, basic needs, or something else, resources are out there. Here is even a list of charities that offer help with bills.





Free debt assistance, mortgage assistance, and foreclosure prevention

Credit Counseling of Little Rock Arkansas (phone (800) 889-4916) provides homeowners and consumers with a free credit counseling sessions, free personal finance seminars, free foreclosure assistance and review, a debt elimination program to help stop late and overlimit fees and reduce interest rates and monthly payments. Learn about programs that help with mortgage payments.

General health care

Some of the organizations and community clinics offer free health care, or medical services at a reduced rate. Some bills may be based on a sliding scale. Find ways to get prescriptions, medical and dental care, and other health care services.

Churches across Little Rock Arkansas - There are many. The programs will vary, but everything from free basic medical supplies (wheelchairs, crutches) may be loaned out to vouchers for prescription medications, monthly clinics, and other support may be arranged. This center even offers bilingual medical clinics for Americans of Spanish or Latin American descent. More on Little Rock and Pulaski County church assistance programs.

Harmony Health Clinic - This center provides a community clinic for those without insurance or limited income, and offers them access to quality medical care at no cost to patients in a private, community-based clinic. Call (501) 375-4400. Click here for additional medical bill help.

Westside Medical Clinic - Open certain days. Call (501) 664-0340

Or find more details and information on Pulaski County free community clinics and health centers if the locations above can’t meet your medical needs.

Food banks, thrift stores and pantries in Pulaski County Arkansas

The following churches, non-profits, and agencies may provide food, clothing, household items, or other hunger prevention services to Little Rock and county residents. There are both fresh and canned food. Some locations also have soup kitchens for free hot meals. The list below are only a few of the site, and click here to find other free food banks in Pulaski County.

Fishnet Missions - (501) 983-9000. Based in Jacksonville. May provide food, free meals, and even delivery services.





Bullock Temple - (501) 375-1581

Crystal Hill Baptist Church - (501) 445-0669. Little Rock based facility runs a community food pantry.

Helping Hands of Little Rock - (501) 372-4388

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