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Housing and Utility Relief Programs

The Arkansas Department of Human Services launched  the Arkansas Rent Relief Program and is accepting  applications for eligible Arkansans who need help paying past rent, future rent and utilities.

One-on-one support is available through community partners if you need help filling out or submitting an application.


There are $173 million in federal funding available through this program. Up to 15 months of rent and utilities may be covered between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Up to three months of future rent can be applied for at once. Utilities may include gas, water, sewage, and electricity.


If you are facing eviction or having trouble receiving rent relief and need legal assistance, call our Helpline or Apply Online for free legal services for those who qualify. 

About the Arkansas Rent Relief Program

To be eligible for the Arkansas Rent Relief Program, someone in the applicant’s home must: 

  • Qualify for unemployment benefits OR 
  • Have decreased income during the pandemic OR 
  • Have suffered significant financial hardship due to the pandemic (i.e. lost a job, has extensive medical bills) AND 
  • The household must meet income eligibility based on the residing county (Area Median Income) and number of people in their home 

Payment assistance may cover up to 15 months of rent and utilities incurred between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Funding, once approved, will go directly to landlords and utilities companies.

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