Disaster Services


The Emergency Services Unit manages and coordinates all individual assistance programs for victims of disasters when the Chief Executive of the State, the Governor, declares a State Disaster Declaration, or the disaster is of such magnitude that a request is granted by the President of the United States for a Federal Major Disaster Declaration.


  • Individual & Family Grant Program (State)
  • Temporary Housing Program (State)
  • Minimal Home Repair (State)
  • USDA Foods for Shelter Feeding


  • Individual & Family Grant Program (Federal)
  • USDA Foods for Shelter Feeding
  • Emergency Food Stamps

Related Websites

Link to the following websites for additional disaster information. Websites open in new window.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management


Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes commodities to food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and other nonprofit agencies.  Donated foods are also made available for Disaster Assistance. To view commodity shipment schedules and available goods, link to the website below or call 501-371-1400 for additional information.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program | Opens in New Window WEB


Emergency Shelter Grants Program

Eligibility: An individual or family which lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Assistance: Available at emergency shelters in your area.
The Emergency Shelter Grants Program assists local communities in helping to improve the quality of life for the homeless by: 
  • Providing grants for minor renovations, rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings for use as an emergency shelter for the homeless.
  • Providing funds for payment of certain operating and maintenance expenses.
  • Providing funds for essential social services expenses in
  • connection with the operation of emergency shelters for the homeless. Providing Emergency Shelter funds to be used for homeless prevention efforts.

A special enumeration survey was conducted and on any given night, the estimated homeless count in the State of Arkansas is 7,400.

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Emergency Shelter Grants Program Application | 2011 PDF
Arkansas Homeless Shelters PDF