Where to Find Help

United Way's Resource guide

This is a huge listing of most of the social services availble in our area.  Start here.

 
 
Housing and Utility 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. You can request an application over voicemail at 479-785-2303 ext. 116. Be sure to state your name, full address (including zip code), phone number, and which program you are applying for.

 

See here for more details. 

https://cscdc.net/family-services-adds-two-new-programs/

 

Rental Assistance

 

C-SCDC has several programs to help low-income individuals/families find a home and prevent them from eviction. Follow the steps below: 

Step 1: Fill out your information at https://arfreshstart.com/ 

Step 2: Check your email for further instructions from ELogic to finish applying 

Step 3: Submit your application along with all required documents and wait for your Case Manager to reach out to you via phone or email 

If you have applied and been put on the "waitlist" for rental assistance, please check the email address you provided for emails from your assigned caseworker. You will be on the waiting list until it is your turn to be assigned.

 

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.

 

Family Services Program

 

The Family Services Program here at C-SCDC assists low-income families in Sebastian and Crawford counties who are in need of help and connection with an array of services.

Family Services assists both individuals in need and families access programs C-SCDC offers as well as to connect them with other community resources. Please find a list below of the different services C-SCDC Family Services offers.

 

Children's Clothing Program

 

K-12 children of Fort Smith residents affected by COVID-19 can now apply for $480.00 in winter clothing assistance. This program is first come, first served until funds are depleted. Apply here. https://na4.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=5374577c-ca80-48fd-b8c6-aa51d396ef88&env=na4&acct=83c8d2bd-14b8-4836-9d87-28775d956a66&v=2

 

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. You can request an application over voicemail at 479-785-2303 ext. 116. Be sure to state your name, full address (including zip code), phone number, and which program you are applying for.

See here for more details.  

https://cscdc.net/family-services-adds-two-new-programs/

 

Rental Assistance

 

C-SCDC has several programs to help low-income individuals/families find a home and prevent them from eviction. Follow the steps below: 

Step 1: Fill out your information at https://arfreshstart.com/ 

Step 2: Check your email for further instructions from ELogic to finish applying 

Step 3: Submit your application along with all required documents and wait for your Case Manager to reach out to you via phone or email 

If you have applied and been put on the "waitlist" for rental assistance, please check the email address you provided for emails from your assigned caseworker. You will be on the waiting list until it is your turn to be assigned.

 

Fresh Start will pay rent for 2 ½ months; the money goes to the landlord.  The landlord must fill out paperwork; case managers at CSCDC will help applicants fill out paper work.  

Case managers will resume face - face meetings July 1, 2021

 

TOPS

Transition Out of Poverty Services or TOPS is a program that helps low-income individuals access assistance with money management workshops, savings matching, job skills training, and resume writing. Participants will be assigned a Family Services Counselor and work with them weekly to meet their goals.

 

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.

 

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a unique program that provides financial assistance and services to assist those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Potential assistance includes short-term rental assistance, housing relocation, and stabilization services such as budgeting classes, utility payment assistance, assistance in job searches, and case management. This program will be available to people in Crawford, Sebastian, Polk, Logan, Franklin and Scott counties. ESG clients must meet the income requirement of 30% area median income. Click here for income guidelines.  

https://cscdc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Scan0034.pdf

 

Rapid Re-Housing Assistance.

Rapid re-housing assistance is available for persons who are homeless according to HUD’s definition. Individuals and families who meet the criteria, along with the minimum requirements are eligible under the rapid re-housing portion of the ESG. Examples of homelessness are:

-Sleeping in an emergency shelter

-Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, streets/sidewalks

-Staying in a hospital or other institution for up to 180 days but was sleeping in an emergency shelter or other place not meant for human habitation (cars, parks, streets, etc.) immediately prior to entry into the hospital or institution

-Graduating from, or timing out of a transitional housing program

-Victims of domestic violence who are living in a shelter to house victims of abuse.

 

Homelessness Prevention

The ESG is focused on housing for the homeless and at-risk households. It will provide temporary financial assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services to individuals and families who are facing eviction (tenant must have been served with a legal eviction notice) and would be homeless but for this assistance.

For more information, please call 479-785-2303 ext 116 or email Dana Crawford at dcrawford@cscdccaa.org

Income Guidelines Printable PDF

https://cscdc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Scan0034.pdf

 

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Available thru CSCDC.  

 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

We are no longer accepting applications.

Expect for the Summer Li-HEAP program to return in July 2021. 

Until then, you can apply for our free Weatherization program which can lower your utility bills for the rest of your time within your home. Click here to apply. https://powerforms.docusign.net/42ca97ba-b973-4fa0-8fef-4f0c1b1bf28c?env=na4&acct=83c8d2bd-14b8-4836-9d87-28775d956a66&accountId=83c8d2bd-14b8-4836-9d87-28775d956a66

 

This program was created to help low-income residents of Crawford and Sebastian county with their utility bills. To take advantage of this incredible program, please read the instructions below.

 

YOU MUST SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING:

1. A completed application which you can request or download

2. Both your electric bill and gas bill

3. Social Security numbers for all household members

4. Proof of Identification

5. Proof of income for the previous month

6. Other verification as requested

***Please note only electric bill will be paid***

 

WAYS TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION

1. Click here

https://cscdc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LiHEAP-App-2021.pdf

2. E-mail utilities@cscdccaa.org

3. Call 479-785-2303 extension 100,102, or 103.

***Please do NOT leave a request on each extension; choose ONE and leave your name and address and an application packet will be mailed to you. You do not need to give a reason for needing the application; we know that you are in need if you are requesting the application. So, please keep your messages short and precise.***

 

WAYS TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

1. Drop it off in the drop box at 1617 S. Zero St. Fort Smith, AR 72901

2. Fax it to 479-709-9078

3. Scan and e-mail it to utilities@cscdccaa.org

***The application must be fully completed and signed. If more information is needed, we will contact you by mail with a written request for the information.***

 

Income Guidelines

 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

We are no longer accepting applications.

Expect for the Summer Li-HEAP program to return in July 2021. 

Until then, you can apply for our free Weatherization program which can lower your utility bills for the rest of your time within your home. Click here to apply. 

https://powerforms.docusign.net/42ca97ba-b973-4fa0-8fef-4f0c1b1bf28c?env=na4&acct=83c8d2bd-14b8-4836-9d87-28775d956a66&accountId=83c8d2bd-14b8-4836-9d87-28775d956a66

This program was created to help low-income residents of Crawford and Sebastian county with their utility bills. To take advantage of this incredible program, please read the instructions below.

 

YOU MUST SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING:

1. A completed application which you can request or download

2. Both your electric bill and gas bill

3. Social Security numbers for all household members

4. Proof of Identification

5. Proof of income for the previous month

6. Other verification as requested

***Please note only electric bill will be paid***

 

WAYS TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION

1. Click here 

https://cscdc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LiHEAP-App-2021.pdf

2. E-mail utilities@cscdccaa.org

3. Call 479-785-2303 extension 100,102, or 103.

***Please do NOT leave a request on each extension; choose ONE and leave your name and address and an application packet will be mailed to you. You do not need to give a reason for needing the application; we know that you are in need if you are requesting the application. So, please keep your messages short and precise.***

 

WAYS TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

1. Drop it off in the drop box at 1617 S. Zero St. Fort Smith, AR 72901

2. Fax it to 479-709-9078

3. Scan and e-mail it to utilities@cscdccaa.org

***The application must be fully completed and signed. If more information is needed, we will contact you by mail with a written request for the information.***

 

Income Guidelines

Household Size/Monthly Countable Income (MCI)

1 $1,805

2 $2,360

3 $2,915

4 $3,741

5 $4,026

6 $4,581

7 $4,955

8 $5,515

Each Additional Member $560