Washington County Arkansas assistance programs.

Low income families, and struggling individuals, can get emergency financial help and free stuff. Locate grants to pay for utility bills or rent, health care costs, mortgages, security deposits and more. The list of churches as well as charities in Washington County as well as Fayetteville Arkansas are below. The financial aid is combined with other services, including free medical or dental care, job placement, gas vouchers and other social services.

Help with utility and cooling bills

Washington County's Summer Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications. The agency overseeing the process is Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County.

The energy bill assistance program provides help with paying electric bills only, including summer cooling bills. There are certain times to apply for aid. Applications are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 8-11 a.m. Fridays. Families in need of help need to apply at the Family Resource Center of the Jones Center for Families in Springdale, and they need to go to the first floor center lobby. 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 bills are available to receive assistance. The Summer Home Energy Assistance Program is only able to assist eligible households with paying electric utility bills. 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. Call (479) 872-7482





Help paying heating bills, medications and rent

There is good news for people who are struggling. 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.

One option is the federal government funded is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program. The number to apply or for more information is 501-682-8726. That program will become available to families needing assistance with their gas or electric bills on January 11th. To apply for aid, you will need proof of your household income, a copy of your utility bill, and a copy of your bank statement.

The local Salvation Army branch is also offering help to families in need. They can provide rent help, 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 number for Northwest Arkansas is 479-444-7910. In the River Valley, you can call the Salvation Army at 479-783-6145.





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

Second Mile Ministry has limited funding to provide people for help with bills and housing expenses. (479) 521-4787

Credit Counseling of Arkansas (phone(479) 521-8877) offers credit counseling, debt reduction programs, and free mortgage and foreclosure prevention programs and advice.

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. (479) 872-7482

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. The location is 5835 West Sunset Av, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. Call (800) 394-0249.

The Salvation Army has multiple locations in Washington County Arkansas. They can help immigrants, seasonal workers, and the poor. Assistance is for utilities, rent, and food. This can be helpful when employment is difficult to find in Washington County. This is even more valuable though during dry months for construction workers and the harvest season for agricultural workers. 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 resorces 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.

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.

Area Agency On Aging of Washington County is located at 2325 Green Acres, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701. Call (479) 442-5194. May offer assistance with utility and cooling bills for their clients, including offering senior living conditions.

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.

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 medical and dental care in Washington County Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Free Health and Dental Center offers acute medical and dental care to low income patients and those without health insurance. (479) 444-7548

Community Clinic at St. Francis House - Phone (479) 751-7417. Fayetteville Arkansas. Numerous services are offered, many on a sliding fee scale.  Provides assistance with Diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol and weight management; Provides treatment for general medical conditions (i.e. asthma, colds, sinus infections, flu, urinary infections); Offers cancer screening, preventive medicine, eye care, prenatal care, x-rays, lab tests, dental screening/treatment, patient oral hygiene education, pediatric dentistry, limited adult dental services, and a prescription drug patient assistance program for low priced or free medications.

Free food

The following may offer free food, groceries, and other resources. Calvary Baptist Church - (479) 442-4634, Second Mile Ministry - (479) 521-4787, First Assembly Church of God ((479) 442-5653). 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. Run (479) 442-9171

Grace Place also runs a food pantry. Phone number is (479) 200-7118

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

Mercy Center Of Northwest Arkansas - 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 5185 Apple Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. Call (479) 444-7540 for intake.





Restoration Center - Victory Church is in Springdale. People on a fixed income, such as SSI or retirement savings, can stop by for food, including USDA items. Phone (479) 751-7926

There are a number of other churches, charities, and pantries that distribute free food, clothes and holiday meals to the less fortunate. Find Washington County Arkansas pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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