ARKids First Health Insurance Program
ARKids First health insurance provides two coverage options for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without. ARKids A offers low-income families a comprehensive package of benefits. ARKids B provides coverage for families with higher incomes.
Follow the link below to the ARKids First Eligibility Chart. If your family income is less than the amount in the ARKids A column for your children's ages, then your children may be eligible for ARKids A (Medicaid). If your family income is more than the amount in the ARKids A column but less than the amount in the ARKids B column, your children may be eligible for ARKids B. For online registration, visit the ARKids First website.
Home Energy Assistance Program
The Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to approximately 60,000 households each year to help them meet the costs of home energy i.e. gas, electricity, propane, etc. It also offers weatherization services and case management activities which are designed to encourage and enable households to reduce their energy costs and thereby, their need for financial assistance.
Eligibility: Based on 150% of current OMB income poverty guidelines for all households for Regular Assistance. Crisis Assistance is based on 150% of current OMB income poverty guidelines for all households.
Assistance: Available at your local Community Action Agency.
The Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income house-holds with home energy costs by administering the Regular Assistance and Crisis Intervention Programs. Each program provides financial assistance to eligible households with a one-time per year payment to the household's energy supplier or, under certain circumstances, to the applicant. The Crisis Intervention Program only provides assistance to eligible households facing energy-related emergencies.
Refugee Resettlement Program
The Refugee Resettlement Program assists newly arrived eligible refugees to assimilate into the American way of life. The program offers financial and medical services to eligible refugees for up to 8 months after arrival in the United States. Call 501-682-8256 or 800-482-8988 for additional information.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamp Program) provides food assistance to eligible households to cover a portion of a household's food budget. Benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. In addition to food assistance, the program provides SNAP recipients with nutrition education, employment and training, and work experience in some cases.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 ( TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer
Transitional Employment Assistance Program (TEA)
The TEA Program is a time-limited assistance program to help needy families with children become more responsible for their own support and less dependent on public assistance. In addition to monthly cash assistance, employment-related services are provided to parents, including job-readiness activities, transportation assistance, childcare assistance, and other supportive services so that the parent can engage in work or education and training activities.
The Division of County Operations is responsible for determining the eligibility for cash assistance payments for the Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) and Work Pays Programs. The Department of Workforce Services is the state agency responsible for administering the program and providing supportive services and case management for TEA and Work Pays recipients.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Weatherization Assistance Program installs energy conservation materials on the homes of 1300 low-income families annually to lower utility bills. Materials generally installed include insulation of ceilings, duct sealing, weather-stripping and caulking doors and windows, replacement of broken windows and health and safety measures that are required prior to weatherization. For additional information call 501-682-8729.
Eligibility: Income must be at or below 200% of current OMB poverty income guidelines.
Assistance: Applications may be obtained at your local Weatherization Sub-grantee Office.
The Weatherization Assistance Program provides funds to conserve energy in the homes of low-income people, with emphasis on elderly, handicapped, and families with children. An automated energy audit, National Energy Audit (NEAT), is used to determine the most cost effective measures on single frame houses. The Manufactured Housing Energy Audit (MHEA) is used to determine the most effective measures to be installed on manufactured homes:
Measures installed on single family houses and multi-family (up to 4) units include:
- Replace broken windows.
- Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
- Insulating un-insulated ceilings, walls and floors.
- Installing storm windows, thermostats and furnace tune-ups.
- Health and safety measures that are required prior to weatherizing the house.
Measures installed on mobile homes:
- Replace broken windows.
- Caulk and weather strip doors and windows
- Install thermostats and furnace tune-ups.
- Health and safety measures that are required prior to weatherizing the mobile home.