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Assistance programs Washington County and Fayetteville Arkansas.

Low income families, and struggling individuals, will get emergency financial help as well as free stuff. Locate grants to pay for utility bills or rent, assistance for medical costs, a mortgage payment, security deposits and more. The list of churches, government social services as well as charities in Washington County as well as Fayetteville Arkansas are below. Find financial help near you in Fayetteville and Washington County AR below.

A number of resources are offered. The financial aid is combined with other services, including free medical or dental care, job placement, gas vouchers and other social services. Some of the agencies help families in crisis. There is money to stop evictions or homeless. Or the financial assistance in the Fayetteville Arkansas area can be combined with long term support, such as debt reduction, credit repair services, budgeting and other social services.

Help paying utility bills, medications and rent in Washington County AR

Cooperate Emergency Outreach serves the Fayetteville Arkansas area. The agency may be able to assist families or individuals in the area who have a low income with utility bills and rent. For people facing an eviction, the Outreach center may have emergency rental assistance. Up to $50 can be paid out every 6 months, provided the program has funding. The center also offers emergency assistance with paying utilities for people with a shut off notice (479) 444-7500. The address is 1649 E Huntsville Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Second Mile Ministry has limited funding to provide people for help with bills and housing expenses. Some emergency food boxes, clothes, or personal stuff can be offered too. Call (479) 521-4787

Credit Counseling of Arkansas (phone (479) 521-8877) offers free credit counseling to low-income families. There is also debt reduction programs, and free mortgage and foreclosure prevention programs and advice. They also help clients on budgeting, saving money, and building finances and income for long term financial goals. Learn more on resources for people that need money now.

Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc. This agency help with summer cooling and winter heating bills. They also offer Head Start, Retired Senior Programs, and information on local charities, non-profits, and government programs. Another focus is on helping people apply for government hardship grants for their bills as well as access job training and long term self-sufficiency.




  • The community action agency administers Washington County's LIHEAP as well as Winter or Summer Home Energy Assistance Program. EOA offers government grant money for paying utility, electric and heating bills.
    Families in need of help need to apply at the community action agency or the Family Resource Center of the Jones Center for Families in Springdale.. There is some info that people need to bring, including applicants must bring proof of household income for all members of the family, and they must also bring a copy of their most recent utility bill.
    Not all utility bills are available to receive assistance. The Summer Home Energy Assistance Program is only able to assist eligible households with paying electric utility bills. LIHEAP grants focuses on paying heating bill during the fall, winter or spring months in Fayetteville AR. The Washington County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Agency Inc. is authorized to assist Washington County individuals and families only. The payment that will be provided for electric bills is based on household income and the number of persons who live in the household. In addition, an utility bill crisis program is also available for those who have received a shut off notice from an electric company.
    There is additional support for people who are struggling to keep their power on. The fact is that there is help out there for those struggling to make their monthly energy bill payments. Several assistance programs and resources are set up across the local area

The center also offers a number of referrals, self-sufficiency programs, and similar resources. They include Head Start for children, which can offer educational, health, and nutritional services. The non-profit can also  refer families to needed community services and government programs.

Other resources include applications for the Heating and Energy Assistance (LiHEAP), Individual Development Account, information on food pantries, eviction prevention counseling and more. The location of Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc is 614 East Emma, Ste., Springdale, Arkansas 72764. Dial (479) 872-7479, or read more Washington County community action agency.

Hope Cancer Resources provides financial assistance for basic needs to cancer patients only who are in need because of illness. This can be funds to help with rent, energy help, clothing, or similar needs. There will be emergency housing, including motel accommodations, as well as transportation for medical reasons or a doctor visit. The location is 5835 West Sunset Av, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. Cal l(479) 361-5847.





The Salvation Army has multiple locations in Washington County Arkansas. They can help immigrants, seasonal workers, and the poor as well as low income households. Assistance is for utilities, rent, and food. This can be helpful for residents who are facing a crisis in Washington County as well as the city of Fayetteville Arkansas. This is even more valuable though during dry months for construction workers and the harvest season for agricultural workers.

The local Salvation Army branch is also offering additional free items as well as social services to families in need. They can provide rent help or access to homeless shelters. Or get free gasoline or motel vouchers. The case workers can arrange energy bill assistance, and even prescription medication. Again, you will have to prove that you do need assistance to get help from this organization.

The charity also arranges other resources, ranging from free back to school supplies or uniforms to Christmas gifts, meals, and holiday food baskets. The number for Northwest Arkansas is (479) 521-2151 and the address is 219 W 15th St, Fayetteville, AR 72701. In the River Valley, you can call the Salvation Army at 479-783-6145. Find other details on Fayetteville Arkansas Salvation Army.

There are a few centers in the region. The Salvation Army in Washington County also operates more seasonal services including free Christmas toys for kids, holiday meals and school supplies. The centers in the region include 315 Holcomb Street, Springdale, AR 72764, phone (479) 751-7352. Or call the Fayetteville - Northwest Arkansas Area Command. Address is 219 West 15th Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701, telephone (479) 521-2151. Read more on Salvation Army in Arkansas.

Feed The 479 (formerly the Compassion Center at Cross Church) –  There is a food pantry on site. As resources allow it can help feed low income, struggling families in Washington County. The address is 2407 South Thompson, Springdale, AR 72764, phone (479) 717-5630.

Low-income families looking for free or low cost clothes, school supplies, furniture, or work attire can turn to a local clothing closet. There are over 15 locations in the community. They will try to provide the items being sought, or if not possible, then referrals may be provided to other charities. Find free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in Benton and Washington County.

Human Services in Fayetteville offers public assistance, welfare, and government aid. There are SNAP food stamp applications, cash from TANF, Medicaid, disability applications as well as other benefits. They also offer grants from unemployment, elderly home care, transportation for a job and many other programs.

Unemployed people can get help. There are also government grants for the disabled or caregivers. Both state and federal government assistance is available from 4044 Frontage Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Dial (479) 521-1270.

Rapid rehousing, tenant counseling, and eviction help is offered in Washington County. A wide array of resources are out there ranging from financial help for veterans to domestic violence shelters, loans, ESG grants for back rent and more. More on homeless prevention in Washington County.





Churches and St. Vincent de Paul are located in the Washington County and greater Arkansas region. The charity focuses on offering food and financial support for the low income, unemployed, and poor. Pantries may provide personal goods, free groceries, and other items. Money and financial aid may be provided for basic living needs, and aid is offered regardless of the client’s religion. Find all details on Society of Saint Vincent assistance in Arkansas.

Area Agency On Aging of Washington County is located at 4332 N Waterside Ct, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Call (479) 442-5194. May offer assistance with utility and cooling bills for their clients, including offering senior living conditions. There are also Meals on Wheels home delivery, health and wellness workshops and other benefits for seniors.

The non-profit serves all of NW Arkansas. Area Agency on Aging in Washington County and Northwest Arkansas helps the elderly as well as disabled. There are many programs offered, including but not limited to, the following.

  • Get free food or hot meals, including home delivery.
  • Government grants to pay utility or energy bills.
  • Free legal aid and advice for civil issues.
  • Adult Day Care Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Respite care in Washington County.
  • Help in getting benefits, whether Medicare, prescription drugs, or other public aid.
  • Other assistance is offered, whether financial, referrals, basic needs and more. More on Area Agency on Aging in Northwest Arkansas assistance programs.

Non-profit and charity rent help - Families, including those with an elderly member or someone with a disability, can apply for emergency rental assistance. The programs are extensive, and range from government grants to loans. The housing programs in the Fayetteville area can assist with a security deposit, pay a portion of unpaid rent due to a landlord, or offer free legal representation to tenants. Locate rental assistance in Washington County.

While not offering financial aid, some churches and charities provide free items to qualified working poor families. The goal is to offer critical household supplies or maybe clothes for work. Other requests from the Fayetteville community will be assessed on a one off basis. Find free stuff for low income households.

Fayetteville area free holiday assistance programs - Low income and/or struggling families can get help. Find how to get free Christmas toys, presents, food baskets, meals, and more. There are many charities for holiday help in Washington County.

Samaritan Community Center for Washington County (and nearby cities) is an option for information, free stuff, meals, or dental/medical care. The charity works to address basic needs. There is everything from a free health clinic (for check ups, immunizations, etc.) to snacks for students, meals for the low income, and a free food pantry too. Or shop for low cost items at the thrift store, or get free goods in a crisis. More details on assistance from Samaritan Community Center in Arkansas.

Free food

The following may offer free food, groceries, and other resources. A major focus is on the low-income, kids, single moms and poor. Some locations include Second Mile Ministry - (479) 521-4787, ). Continue reading below for additional locations, or click here for more general information on food banks for the low income as well as national assistance programs.

Mt. Comfort Church Of Christ – Provides a free or low cost food pantry. Groceries, baby formula, ensure for senior citizens and other aid is offered. Call (479) 442-9171

Bread Of Life - First United Methodist Church – This site is a USDA commodity distribution location, and also administers a food pantry for the low income and needy. Lunch is also served. 208 West Emma Av, Springdale, AR 72764, phone number is (479) 750-5229

First Assembly Church of God - Provides food assistance, meals, and groceries for older adults, those living on a low or fixed income, people who are widowed, single parents and those with disabilities. Location is 550 E 15th St, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Call (479) 442-5653

Calvary Baptist Church -  People on a fixed income, such as SSI or retirement savings, can stop by for food, including USDA items. The free food bank is at 1410 N Porter Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Phone: (479) 442-4634

There are a number of other churches, charities, and pantries that distribute free food, clothes and holiday meals to the less fortunate. There are also soup kitchens and Meals on Wheel programs. Find Washington County Arkansas free food pantries.







Free medical and dental care in Washington County Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas WelcomeHealth is a Free Health and Dental Center. The non-profit offers acute medical and dental care to low income patients and those without health insurance. Dentists, doctors and other help people with no insurance or a low-income. Call (479) 444-7548

Community Clinic at St. Francis House - Phone (479) 751-7417. Address is 614 E Emma Ave 300, Springdale, AR 72764. Numerous services are offered, many on a sliding fee scale.  Provides assistance with Diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol and weight management. The free clinic also arranged treatment for general medical conditions (i.e. asthma, colds, sinus infections, flu, urinary infections).

Washington County families can also get free cancer screening, preventive medicine, eye care, prenatal care, x-rays, lab tests, as well as dental screening/treatment. Or dentists offer patient oral hygiene education, pediatric dentistry, limited adult dental services, and a prescription drug patient assistance program for low priced or free medications.


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