Southwest Arkansas Development Council has several programs to help the citizens of Southwest Arkansas.

Home Health Care

This program is billed hourly for qualifying clients in twelve (12) counties – Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Miller, Nevada, Little River, Sevier, Ouachita, Dallas, Calhoun, Columbia and Union.  In-Home service agencies are required to obtain a license from the Department of Health to provide these services.  The care is planned by a client and a Registered Nurse.  It is ordered by a client’s physician and provided by a  trained and screened Nurse Aide, who is regularly supervised by the RN.  We accept Medicaid, private pay, and other funding sources.   We have anywhere from 900 to 1200 clients being provided these services.  We provide in-home care to qualifying clients, which includes; bathing, grooming, meal preparation and other personal assistance.  Additionally, light domestics, laundry and shopping may be provided.  Our agency is a licensed DHS Elderchoice Provider.

LIHEAP – Home Energy Assistance Program
Download a LIHEAP application formDownload a LIHEAP brochure

This program is funded by the Federal Government, to the State, to this Agency.  HEAP is provided in seven (7) counties – Miller, Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Lafayette, Sevier and Little River.  There are two phases – Regular and Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).  Elderly, handicapped and food stamp recipients are mailed abbreviated applications and others apply in the various offices.  The Regular Program is provided from January 1 through March 31, or until the depletion of funds, whichever comes first.  The Crisis Program begins March 1st and will remain open until depletion of funds.  The client must present a shut-off notice in order to receive assistance with their utility bill.  This program alleviates a crisis situation for the low-income.  The client (if qualified) may receive a benefit twice per program year; once from Regular and once from Crisis.  The two benefits MAY be combined, depending on amount of shut-off notice (SWADC staff will provide further details).  LiHEAP Funds have expired for this summer and we will post the future date when it re-opens for the winter.


The program is funded by the State and provides for services to eligible clients in their home.  The client is a pre-school child and their parent(s).  The staff works with the child and parent(s) to provide instruction on working with the child on reading and other skills needed prior to the child entering public school.  This program is orientated to low-income families.

Senior Citizen Programs


SWADC Senior Adult Centers offers a variety of activities for those 60 years old or older—age being the only criteria for participating at the Centers.  Musical guests, speakers on subjects of interest, exercise, crafts and card games are but a few of the activities that can be enjoyed, as well as a good meal with your peers.  Transportation is provided for Center participants to come to the Center.  Donations are requested, but not required.


HOME DELIVERED MEALSHome Delivered meals are provided by SWADC through the Senior Adult Centers in towns where the Centers are located.  To be eligible a person must be 60 years of age or older and be home bound. There is no charge for the meals, but a donation is requested.



The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program, which provides USDA Foods to be provided to eligible needy households in accordance with the state and federal guidelines.  We receive and distribute foods at least two (2) times a year.

Medical transportation is provided to our clients in Hope, Camden, Prescott, Texarkana and various other cities throughout the counties servedTransportation

This program provides non-emergency transportation to medical appointments for persons that receive Medicaid.  Transportation is provided within the counties served by SWADC on an appointment basis.  Please call your nearest office to schedule your transportation and for details on the services available.  Trips to Little Rock are provided as necessary.


This program is funded from federal, state, and local funds.  Local funds are provided by the communities that we serve.  We provide this program in two counties, Hempstead and Nevada.  This program assists any person with the opportunity to learn to read, from a non-reader to pre-GED level.  This program is open to all persons without regard to income.  This program is provided by the use of volunteer tutors and Vista Volunteers.

Case Management

SWADC offers Case Management services to low/moderate income individuals and families.  Case Management includes goal setting, and advocacy on behalf of the client.  The goal of this program is to bring families out of poverty and into a self-sufficient lifestyle.  Some activities include educational pursuits, job referrals, budget counseling and other helpful tools.  The only eligibility requirement for Case Management services is that a household fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Self-sufficiency programs are available and will help you get your feet back on the ground

Assurance 16

The Assurance 16 program offers case management services which focuses on 3 areas; household budgeting, energy conservation, and utility consumption. Clients receive household budget exercise over a 90 day period, a needs assessment, energy education lesson plans, budget counseling, vendor payment arrangements and subsequent office and/or home visits necessary to carry out the plan and goals agreed upon. Eligibility requirements are that of regular Case Management which is that the participant falls below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

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