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ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Arkansas Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, DIAL “211″ from a land-line telephone. This will not work from a cell telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the location you are currently in plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

Don’t have a land-line telephone??? Go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:

Ann@homelesstoindependence.org with:

1) the name of your State/Commonwealth, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico and
2) if you have a conviction and your record contains something more serious than a traffic conviction within the past 7-years. We do NOT need to know what the conviction was, we do not want to waste your time with opportunities you will not be qualified to apply for at this time.

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Northwest Arkansas 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.

GO TO: http://www.arkansas211.org/frequentlyusedservices.aspx

POSTED 07-15-12

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Arkansas Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Arkansas Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer months. This Federally funded food service program helps children who live in eligible areas receive the same high quality meals during the summer as they get during the school year.

Local sponsors oversee the production and distribution of meals to children at sites like schools, churches, parks, and playgrounds. Organizations which qualify as sponsors receive funds to pay for meals and snacks to children. They also receive training and technical assistance to help start and operate the program.

General Program Requirements
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service program, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:

http://www.arkansased.org/contact-us/schools

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Arkansas SFSP, please visit: https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/SummerInfoM.aspx
If you have any questions about the Summer Food Service Program, please contact:

Special Nutrition Program
Summer Food Service Program
P. O. Box 1437, Slot S155
Little Rock, AR 72203
1-800-482-5850

Updated 11-07-13

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Arkansas School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Child Nutrition Network (AR) http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Arkansas School Breakfast and Lunch Program is available to public and private nonprofit schools and residential childcare institutions serving children of high school age and younger. Residential childcare institutions must be licensed and operated principally for the care of children. They include homes for the physically, mentally or emotionally impaired, group homes, temporary shelters, orphanages, and juvenile detention centers.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, please visit:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Application/application_process.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition website: https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/NSLPInfoM.aspx
You may also call the state’s Child Nutrition Unit at 501.324.9502.

Updated 11-07-13

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Arkansas Head Start
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
Head Start is a nationwide, Federally funded program designed to foster healthy development of young children from low-income families. Launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school, Head Start in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11,000 children, from birth to age 5, and their families in all 75 counties. The majority of the programs are administered by non-profit community-based agencies in center-based settings and predominantly serve 3 and 4 year olds.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To enroll, you must contact the Head Start program nearest you. To find a local Head Start program office, visit:

http://arheadstart.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=126

Please note: The following counties have two programs: Newton, Garland, and Pulaski. Click on the top half of the county for the first program and the bottom half for the other program.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Arkansas Head Start program, visit our website at: http://arheadstart.org

Updated 11-07-13

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Arkansas Medicaid Program
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons. It uses state and Federal government money. The Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the Medicaid program in Arkansas. Medicaid and Medicare are different programs. Medicare is Federal health insurance. It pays for medical services for aged and disabled persons.

Medicaid reimburses health care providers for covered medical services provided to eligible needy individuals in certain categories. Eligibility is determined based on income, resources, Arkansas residency, and other requirements. Covered services also vary among categories.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income . If very low income, you must also be pregnant, have a child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children under the age of 19 years.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for Medicaid, go to the Department of Human Services office in the county where you live. If you are not able to go there, you may have a relative or a friend apply for you. You must sign an application form and give certain information about yourself and your family. The county office will determine your eligibility. When you go to the county office to apply for Medicaid, bring the following information about yourself and your family:
- Birth certificate or other proof of age
- Paycheck stubs
- Social Security card
- Letters or forms from Social Security, SSI, Veteran’s Administration, or other sources that show the amount of your income
- Insurance policies, including other health insurance policies
- Bank books or other papers that show the amount of your assets
When you apply for Medicaid, DHS workers will explain the ConnectCare program and ask you to select your primary care physician.

Program Contact Information
For a Department of Human Services office near you, please visit: http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/Pages/DHSOffices.aspx
For information on Medicaid services, call: 1-800-482-5431
For more information on the Arkansas Department of Human Services, direct your browser to: http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/homepage.html

Updated 11-06-13

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Arkansas Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Arkansas Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs, can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Arkansas.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:

https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/

Program Contact Information
For more information visit: http://arkansased.org/
Or you can call the Special Nutrition Office at: 501-682-8869
Or toll-free at: 1-800-482-5850

Updated 09-03-13

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FUN TIMES AND FESTIVALS:

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Arkansas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Applications and other information about WIC can be obtained from any local county health unit between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by contacting the State WIC Office at 501-661-2473 or 1-800-235-0002.

The State WIC Office can also be reached via fax at 501-661-2004 or 501-661-2271, or by e-mail to wic.program@arkansas.gov.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Arkansas WIC, please visit the Arkansas Department of Health at: http://www.healthyarkansas.com/wic/
Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:

http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php

Updated 08-09-12

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Arkansas Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons (particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden) in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs. WAP 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, called the National Energy Audit (NEAT), is used to determine the most cost effective measures on single frame houses. The Mobile Home Energy Audit (MHEA) is used to determine the most effective measures to be installed on mobile homes.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas.
In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for this program, contact your local community action agency, which you can find at:

http://www.acaaa.org/

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, go to: http://arkansas.gov/dhs/dco/NewDCO/HEAP%20page.html
Or call: 501-682-8729

Updated 06-28-12

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Arkansas ARKids First!
Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
ARKids First provides health insurance coverage for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without.

ARKids First has expanded and will now offer two coverage options. ARKids A offers low income families a comprehensive package of benefits. ARKids B provides coverage for families with higher incomes. We have streamlined the application process for both packages, allowing you to apply for either package on the same form.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state’s program information for details.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
You can get an ARKids First application by calling our toll-free hotline, 1-888-474-8275. You do not have to visit a DHS office.

You can print the application from your computer. The application is a PDF file; that is, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software to see the application. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, download it free so you can print the application. Fill out the printed application and send it to your local Department of Human Services office.

To print the application, visit:

http://www.arkidsfirst.com/ARKidsApplic_english.pdf

Or call our toll-free hotline at 1-888-474-8275, and all the application information will be mailed to you.

Applications also are available throughout the community at local health units, hospitals, churches, daycare centers, pharmacies and public schools.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the ARKids First! program, please visit: http://www.arkidsfirst.com/reqinfo.htm

Updated 05-21-12

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Learn About Dinosaurs
Prepare to take a journey of discovery into the exciting world of modern paleontology with Dinosaurs: Ancients Fossils, New Discoveries, a new exhibit that opens April 23 and goes through July 18 at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover. New dinosaur fossils are being discovered at a fast rate and advanced technology allows scientists to look at these fossils in fresh ways. Researchers are gaining surprising insights into these amazing animals and how they lived, moved, and behaved. New discoveries, new technology and new ideas are helping today’s scientists piece together what these living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. Contact the museum for further information on the exhibit. Be sure to check out the rest of the museum too, which is dedicated to the pioneers of south Arkansas’ oil and brine industries.

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Phone: 870-725-2877
Go to Website: www.arkansasstateparks.com

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Cavern Headlamp Tour
Take the Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. Tours are on Saturdays at 12:45 pm. This one-hour tour through part of the middle level of the caverns goes through large water-carved passages. See marvelous formations using only a helmet-mounted light. With nearly 200 stairs, this tour is not recommended for those with walking or health problems. Call for rates and reservations.
Blanchard Springs Caverns Visitor Center, Mountain View
Phone: 870-757-2211

Exploring Arkansas’s Past
Spend the day exploring Arkansas’s Past at Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett. The first semi-permanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi Valley, Arkansas Post was the site of the only Revolutionary War skirmish in Arkansas. Tour the old townsite area, where you’ll find the location of the bank, the tavern, the gin and the trading factory. Walk alongside the Confederate trenches and see the Civil War rifle pits from the Battle of Arkansas Post. Be on the lookout for a variety of native wildlife, including the resident alligator!

1741 Old Post Road, Gillett
Phone: 870-548-2207

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Riding the Civil War Trails

Last year, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Group Travel Section launched the “I Rode the Civil War Trail” motorcycle brochure. An additional promotion was for riders to complete the eight Civil War trails in Arkansas to receive an “I Rode the Civil War Trail” patch. The first two riders to visit all of the sites were Johnny and Mildred Glascock of Blytheville.
The married couple completed the ride together and each received a patch. They took photos along the route and told us how much they liked the ride, “this event is a lot of fun and very informative. We are really glad we took the time to complete this,” the couple said.
The trails they completed include Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, the Little Rock Campaign, the Attack on Pine Bluff, the Confederate Approach to Helena, the Camden Expedition, Price’s Raid, and Ozark to the Battle of Fayetteville. The actual routes taken by troops are highlighted in the brochure.
If you are planning on riding the trail to earn a patch the rules are as follows: participants are to send photos accompanied by a brief description to grouptravel@arkansas.com upon completion of all eight rides. Brochures are downloadable from www.arkansasheritagetrails.com/civil-war/. They are available by e-mailing grouptravel@arkansas.com or from one of the 13 Arkansas Welcome Centers located at strategic entry points into the state. For more information contact Renee Robison by e-mail at renee.robison@arkansas.gov or by phone at 501-682-1219 or 800-872-1259.

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Art you ready? Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Is NOW OPEN!!

The art world, tour operators, planners and Arkansas citizens have excitedly anticipated the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Welcoming visitors inside on November 11, 2011 in Bentonville, the museum is expected to change the face of the art world and by doing so, the spectrum of attractions in the Northwest corridor of Arkansas. Crystal Bridges will be a vibrant, engaging place that offers a variety of activities for visitors. When completed, the Museum complex will encompass galleries, a library, meeting and office space, a glass-enclosed gathering hall, a museum store, a restaurant, and areas for outdoor concerts and public events. In addition, more than three miles of walking and biking trails through the Museum’s 120-acre grounds offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful Ozark landscape and enjoy sculptures, gardens, and interactive education areas.

Group tours will begin in March, scheduling will be available after the opening. All groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make a reservation so the Museum can provide the best possible experience. Guided tours are available for groups with 24 hours prior notice. To schedule a group visit or guided tour, call 479.418.5788.

Admission to the museum will be free thanks to a $20 million grant from Walmart. Spanning five centuries, the permanent collection will begin with the Colonial era and end with current day art. Special exhibits will enhance the existing collection. Crystal Bridges will be open Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset, every day.

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Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance

Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) program helps economically needy families with children under the age of 18 become more responsible for the support of their families. The TEA program is Arkansas’ welfare reform program under the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Arkansas, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, please visit:

http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx

You may also call to request an application:
1-800-482-8988

Or write to request an application:
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Donaghey Plaza West
Slot S201
P.O.Box 1437
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Program Contact Information

For additional information, visit: 501-682-8650 http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/homepage.html

Updated 09-08-11

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Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income households with home energy costs by administering 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 provides assistance to eligible households facing energy-related emergencies.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $13,538 if one person lives in the household; $18,213 if two people live in the household; $22,888 if three people live in the household; $27,563 if four people live in the household; $32,238 if five people live in the household; $36,913 if six people live in the household; $41,588 if seven people live in the household; $46,263 if eight people live in the household and $50,938 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,675 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, locate your nearest Community Action Agency: http://www.acaaa.org/, and call, email, or write to them expressing your desire to apply.

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program, please visit:http://arkansas.gov/dhs/dco/NewDCO/HEAP%20page.html

Updated 09-08-11

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Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Managing Agency Arkansas http://www.state.ar.us

Program Description
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food. Most people must spend some cash along with their SNAP benefits to buy enough food for a month.
The SNAP Section has the responsibility for administering Arkansas’ SNAP Program within the Division of County Operations. The Section is responsible for the following: analysis of issues, laws, and regulations governing the SNAP Program. The SNAP Section develops policy and procedures, monitors compliance with Federal Regulations, which relate to timeliness and accuracy, as well as, compliance with regulations governing the delivery of SNAP benefits.

SNAP is funded with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services dollars.

Annually over $200 million in benefits are authorized for eligible participants in the SNAP Program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Arkansas and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for this program, download a copy of the application, found at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx, and return it to your local DHS office by mail, fax, or in person.
To locate your nearest DHS office, visit http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/NewDHS/CountyOffice/DHSCountyOffices.htm.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the following website and scoll down to the SNAP heading:http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx

Or call us at:
1-501-682-8650

Updated 09-08-11

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Natural Wonders

The waters of the Spring River surge from beneath the ground at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring. Adjacent to the park is a Federal Fish Hatchery and aquarium. One of the great natural wonders of the mid-South. Mammoth Spring flows at an average hourly rate of almost 10 million gallons of 58-degree water. The pour-off creates Spring River, popular for canoeing and trout fishing. The 1886 Frisco Depot Museum houses a museum, picnic sites, pavilion, nature trails, and early hydroelectric power dam.

Ark. 9 & U.S. 63 North, Mammoth Spring
Phone: 870-625-7364
Website: www.arkansasstateparks.com/mammothspring

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has signed an agreement with Van Buren County, AR to improve access to all public facilities, programs, services and activities for persons with disabilities.The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access, DOJ’s initiative to make sure that that cities, towns and counties around the comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is unlawful under Title II of the ADA for states and local governments to discriminate against individuals with disabilities.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/arkansas/civil_rights.

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The Park at West End

In Fort Smith, The Park at West End, an old-fashioned amusement park, is located downtown adjacent to the Arkansas River bridge.
The Ferris wheel is a restored late-1930s model that was once displayed at the 1935 San Diego World’s Fair. It is an original from the
Eli Bridge Company. While George Washington Gale Ferris designed the first Ferris wheel, the Eli Bridge Company developed a
practical and portable wheel.

Another main feature is a hand-painted carousel from Treviso, Italy. A 1957 Pullman dining car serves as a diner, and a 1963 British
Leyland provides standard amusement park concessions. A Penny Arcade or retro games adds to the nostalgia, as does the tunes
playing on the park’s calliope circus wagon.

Second Street and Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-784-2368
Website: www.fortsmithparks.com

Drive-through Safari

Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari is a family travel destination in Northwest Arkansas. The 180-acre safari is home to a variety
of exotic animals. The drive-through portion of the park is four miles. You’ll also find petting parks, and walk-through areas for
interaction with the animals. Pony and camel rides operate on a seasonal basis. Visitors are encouraged to call before planning a
visit, to receive information about current animals and attractions. You can take your own lunch and make use of their picnic tables
or buy something at the snack bar.

20923 Safari Rd. off Ark. 59, Gentry
Phone: 479-736-8383
Website: www.wildwildernessdrivethroughsafari.com

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Natural Wonders

The waters of the Spring River surge from beneath the ground at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring. Adjacent to the
park is a Federal Fish Hatchery and aquarium. One of the great natural wonders of the mid-South. Mammoth Spring flows at an
average hourly rate of almost 10 million gallons of 58-degree water. The pour-off creates Spring River, popular for canoeing and
trout fishing. The 1886 Frisco Depot Museum houses a museum, picnic sites, pavilion, nature trails, and early hydroelectric power
dam.

Ark. 9 & U.S. 63 North, Mammoth Spring
Phone: 870-625-7364
Website: www.arkansasstateparks.com/mammothspring

House of Dolls

A 1,500-square-foot museum of more than 5,000 dolls, the Enchanted Doll Museum in Fort Smith contains a life-size Ken and Barbie
as well as antique dolls, including Shirley Temple, Madam Alexander, Effanbee, Kewpie, Betsy Wetsy, Cabbage Patch Kids, Annie,
Gerber, and Gone With the Wind brands. This is one of three new museums at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith.

7301 Terry St. , Fort Smith
Phone: 479-478-0225

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

In Fort Smith, the federal court for the famed “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker is housed in the Fort Smith National Historic Site, which also contains a re-creation of the 1886 gallows. Parker was largely responsible for bringing civilization to one of the last and wildest frontiers remaining in the American West. While some criticized Parker as being a cruel man, he maintained he was simply carrying out the law, which then required capital punishment.

3rd and Garland, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-783-3961
Web site: www.nps.gov/fosm

Indian Rock House

Centuries before Europeans arrived in America, natives were living in natural stone shelters in the Ozarks. One of these so-called “Indian Rock Houses” is located in Fairfield Bay on Greers Ferry Lake. A short trail winds its way to the shelter from the community’s Log Cabin Museum.

Off Ark. 16, Fairfield Bay
Phone: 501-884-4899

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Technology Tour – Fayetteville
Have you ever wondered how department stores keep track of their merchandise or how warehouses know what leaves the dock?
Well, take a guided tour of the facility that is one of the world’s preeminent retail development sites and learn. The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Research Facility is part of the University of Arkansas system. With clients including Walmart and Bloomingdale’s, see what technology is being developed for store use. Whether it’s tracking devices which can pinpoint a box within inches in any warehouse, or dressing rooms that allow you to pay for purchases as you are trying on clothes. See the future of retail technology first hand. http://itri.uark.edu/rfid

The Clinton Birthplace – Hope
Clinton’s First Home Gets National Park Designation
The Bill Clinton First Home Museum will soon be a part of the National Park system, a designation that will give the modest structure on a busy street more visibility as a tourist destination. The home is a 2 1/2 story American four-square house. It was built in 1917 by Dr. H.S. Garrett and patterned from a design in France. The home has 2,100 sq. ft. The dwelling, which opened as a museum in 1997, conveys a lived-in feeling and is furnished with items dating to the late 1940s when Clinton lived there. A visitors center with a gift shop was added later. http://www.nps.gov/
To continue following the life of President Clinton you can visit The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. It is located in Little Rock and contains a detailed history of the Clinton Presidency. http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/

A Painted House – Lepanto
The Painted House, a John Grisham novel which was later made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, featured a home patterned after the boyhood home of the author. Lepanto was the site for a majority of the filming of the movie version. After the movie, volunteers from Lepanto raised money and traveled to Kansas City, Mo. to bring the house back to the small farming community. Now, the house is open for group tours Monday through Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. For more information call 1-870-475-2307 or 870-475-2155.

Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum – Tyronza
The Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum in Tyronza, which opened on October 6, 2006, focuses on the tenant farming system of
agriculture in the South and the farm labor movement that arose in response to this system. The museum is owned and operated as an educational program of Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro. It is housed in the historic Mitchell-East Building, which served as a dry cleaning business in the 1930s and a service station for Clay East, two of the principal founders of the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union (STFU). The hours of operation for the museum are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with the museum closed on major holidays. To schedule reservations for groups of 10 or more call 1-870-487-2909. http://stfm.astate.edu/

QR Codes – Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has embraced cutting edge technology by utilizing the latest in mobile linking software. On Oct. 1, 2009, the Tourism Division introduced Quick Response (QR) codes into all social marketing efforts.
QR codes, or mobile tagging, allow visitors to take advantage of URL shortcuts to travel information on travel in The Natural State. QR code technology originated in Japan in the late 1990s and is primarily used in the promotion of retail products. American businesses are starting to realize the benefits of using mobile tagging applications. Arkansas Group Travel has created their own QR code (to the left). This code can be scanned with your Blackberry or iPhone using free downloadable applications such as Beetagg (for Blackberry) or QR App (for the iPhone). Once scanned, the embedded URL is downloaded and saved for future viewing on the phones. The use of QR codes for maps and sample itineraries offers a great opportunity to be portable for the busy group tour operator. For the complete article click here http://www.arkindustryinsider.com/.

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. Food Stamp benefits are used in
place of cash to buy food. Most people must spend some cash along with their food stamp benefits to buy enough food for a month.
The Food Stamp Section has the responsibility for administering Arkansas’ Food Stamp Program within the Division of County
Operations. The Section is responsible for the following: analysis of issues, laws, and regulations governing the Food Stamp
Program. The Food Stamp Section develops policy and procedures, monitors compliance with Federal Regulations, which relate to
timeliness and accuracy, as well as, compliance with regulations governing the delivery of Food benefits.

The Food Stamp Program is funded with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services dollars.

Annually over $200 million in benefits are authorized for eligible participants in the Food Stamp Program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Arkansas and fall into one of two groups: (1) those
with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and
checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the
household; $26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the
household; $40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next steps the following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To apply for Food Stamps, please visit:

http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/dco/OPPD/#Food%20Stamp%20Program

To download an application, direct your browser to

http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/dco/NewDCO/DCO-0215.pdf

For more information contact your local DHS office:

http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/NewDHS/CountyOffice/DHSCountyOffices.htm

or call: 501-682-8650

Managing Agency
Arkansas

http://www.state.ar.us

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