Northeast Arkansas

Local Community Action Agencies

Northeast – (Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Lonoke, Mississippi, Prairie, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, Stone, White, Woodruff)

  • North Central Arkansas (Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone)
    • LIHEAP – Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
    • Outreach offices (Open year-round taking care of clients in those particular counties with a wide array of services from energy assistance, commodities, rent assistance, shelter assistance, medical and healthcare assistance, homeless situations, gas vouchers, emergency assistance, and more)
    • Dental Clinic (For anyone 17 and up with no dental coverage who is wanting a teeth cleaning)
    • Homeless/Housing assistance
    • Family Service Program
      • Children’s Clothing Lottery: 125 K-12 children by lottery will be awarded a $480.00 winter clothing assistance
      • Mortgage/Rental Assistance: You can receive up to $1000.00 over the course of two consecutive months. This assistance is first come, first served until funds are depleted
      • Rental Assistance: C-SCDC has several programs to help low-income individuals/families find a home and prevent them from eviction.
      • TOPS: Transition Out of Poverty or TOPS program helps low-income individuals access assistance with money management workshops, savings matching, job skills training, and resume writing.
      • CARES : AR CARES funding is available to those who qualify by income and can prove they have been affected by COVID-19. The program gives financial assistance for mortgage defaults, job skills training, gas cards for job hunting, and food certificates.
    • Food Bank
    • Homeownership
      • Down Payment Assistance: The Crawford-Sebastian Homeownership Center offers a variety of programs to help with the down payment and closing costs for both first time and repeat home buyers.
    • Utilities
    • Weatherization
  • Mississippi County
    • Services
          • ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is primarily determined by income guidelines established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. MCAEOC staff will assist families and individuals in determining their eligibility.
          • RESOURCES: MCAEOC is a non-discriminating, non-profit organization which receives local, state, federal, and foundation funds.
          • HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Depending upon the availability of funds, payments are made on a one-time basis to energy suppliers to assist low-income households in paying their energy bills.
          • EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER: Provides funds to low-income families in emergency situations to assist in obtaining food, shelter, and other necessities for a limited period of time.
          • EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: Employment counseling and workshops, job referrals, employer contacts, and follow-up activities are provided to those seeking employment.
          • SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS: This program is geared toward homeless or displaced families and individuals.  Food, shelter/housing, transportation, emergency medical supplies, and/or basic necessities are provided, as circumstances warrant.  Referrals for assistance in employment, income maintenance, medical treatment, and other transitional support services are also provided.
          • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: The Early Childhood Education Department provides child development services and activities, health services, nutrition assistance, special services for children with disabilities, parental involvement, volunteer participation, staff training and other social and support services to over 1,000 children and their families.
          • INCOME COUNSELING: Counseling sessions and workshops on income utilization issues, such available services as: planning nutritious and economical meals, family budgeting, managing utility costs, etc., are provided.
          • VITA: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program free tax assistance to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
          • MISSISSIPPI COUNTY CANCER COUNCIL: Mississippi County Cancer Council is committed to helping reduce cancer health disparities and providing cancer education in the community.
          • COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: Low-income persons are assisted in participation on boards and in local community activities. Individuals are encouraged to become active volunteers.
          • HOUSING: MCAEOC operates a Housing Rehabilitation Program and provides affordable rental housing for low income individuals.  It also develops new multi-family units by using the HOME Program, low-income tax credits, and the Housing and Urban Development Program (HUD) as well as new single-family Housing Down Payment Assistance.
          • HOUSING PRESERVATION: Provides assistance to low-income home owners through USDA Housing Preservation program to bring houses up to 502 Standards.
          • GOOD SAMARITAN FUND: Good Samaritan Fund is an Emergency Assistance Demonstration Program funded by Blytheville First United Methodist Church.  The funds are used to provide assistance on a case-by-case basis to alleviate emergency needs of residents of the Greater Blytheville area.
          • SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM: MCAEOC operates a micro-lending program for small business development and expansion in the Mississippi County Enterprise Community.
          • COMMODITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Surplus foods such as rice, honey, beans and selected can goods are distributed to help supplement the diets of needy persons in eligible households. These foods are made available by the USDA and distributed periodically at various authorized sites.