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Saline County Arkansas assistance programs.

If you need help with bills in Saline County or Benton Arkansas, call the Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. at (501) 778-1133. They partner with local non-profit organizations, charities, and government agencies to provide information to families. They also may be able to offer their own emergency and financial assistance.

Energy bills. Emergency assistance for utility bills is offered by both the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Emergency Food and Shelter program. Together these two assistance programs, both of which are funded by federal government agencies, provide families and individuals with short-term fuel assistance and grants to pay utility and energy bills. Persons receiving assistance from the LIHEAP program are connected to family development resources, which provide a link to long-term resources to help families become self-reliant over the long term. In addition, the community action agencies Family Development Program offers Assurance 16, which provides a financial incentive and help for paying bills to persons completing economic literacy workshops.

Housing and rent expenses. The HUD funded Emergency Food and Shelter program utilizes FEMA government grants and funds to assist eligible households with paying for their housing expenses. Money may be available to pay rent, or even the occasional mortgage payment.

The USDA Commodity Food program. The community action agency is distributing groceries and canned food and packaged foods to eligible low to moderate income households in the area. The food assistance program enhances the nutritional status of children, low income, seniors, and communities in the Arkansas area.

Weatherization. The federal government weatherization assistance program is designed to make homes, residence and apartments more energy efficient and safe for the occupant. The weatherization program is a proven method of reducing high-energy costs and bills and helping clients conserve energy in the home that they live in.




Employment. The agency runs the SHARE Network Access Point. This is a program that is available to jobseekers Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at select CADC offices throughout Benton and Saline County. SHARE Network Access Points serves as sites where jobseekers, the unemployed, and people looking to increase their income can look for jobs in their own local towns and communities and get assistance by trained individuals who connect them to jobs using the Arkansas JobLink (AJL) system via computers and direct referrals. Have your resume reviewed, speak to a job counselor, and use other job finding resources.

Government benefits and information. The Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. coordinates with local non-profits, charities, federal government, and state of Arkansas government programs to provide people with access to health care programs, medical care, debt counseling, non-profit credit counseling agencies, mortgage programs, and job assistance.

Call the Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. at (501) 778-1133 to learn more about these programs or other services offered. There are other grant programs and case management too. Read more on financial help from Central Arkansas Development Council.

Central Arkansas Salvation Army supports the city of Benton and other counties in the region. The non-profit runs a number of assistance programs and social services for the low income and working poor. A few examples of them are as follows.

  • Free food can be provided by both on site pantries and so called feeding programs.
  • Emergency assistance, while limited in Saline County, is another resource that may be available. This can include money for expenses such as utilities, rent, prescriptions, and other housing costs. The Center of Hope is one place to call for this.
  • Holiday assistance can include meals and Christmas gifts for children.
  • Senior citizens in Arkansas are always a focus. Resources include home delivered meals, social activities, and referrals to government aid.
  • Additional social services are offered. Read more on Salvation Army Little Rock area.





Churches Joint Council On Human Needs may have utility bill assistance for low income customers with an emergency. Also, additional support can be provided for other expenses in a crisis, such as money for gasoline to get to a job interview or if you have a sick child. Volunteers from CJCOHH also coordinate lodging, provide vouchers for medications or Christmas toys, and other assistance. The address is 103 East Elm Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015, call (501) 776-2912, or more in Churches Joint Council on Human Needs assistance programs.

Saline County community clinics

Christian Community Care Clinic offers limited medical care services. This includes general medicine, prescriptions, and similar basic needs. The clinic may also offer dental exams and extractions in Saline County. Or get a referral to a specialist if needed for more serious issues. Call (501) 776-1703 for intake or an appointment.

Arkansas Department Of Health – Saline Public Health Unit also operates a community health clinic for the low income and/or uninsured. 1612 Edison Avenue, Benton, AR 72015, (501) 303-5650

Saline Memorial Hospital provides qualified individuals a variety of inpatient and outpatient services. Some may be offered on a sliding fee scale. Call the Benton hospital at (501) 776-6025.

Food banks and distribution centers

A couple dozen free or low cost food pantries operate in Saline County Arkansas. Assistance is available for low income families and the working poor. Many senior and children also receive priority. Some of the main centers are listed below, or find more free food pantries in Saline County.

Victory Baptist Church in Benton can be reached at (501) 315-5005.

Johnson Street Church Of Christ may have groceries, hot meals, government commodities and more. Phone (501) 315-9034.





New Bethel Church Of Christ can assist the homeless and low income with free food, meals, clothing, and maybe other basic needs. The location is in Alexander Arkansas. (501) 794-1994.


By Jon McNamara

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