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Central Arkansas program reopened to help families affected by COVID-19 with rent



Arkansas — The Central Arkansas Development Council is reopening the fresh start program to offer rental assistance for families.

The Fresh Start Program will pay up to two and a half months of past due rent for families that are affected by COVID-19.

Applicants who have already received funds through the Fresh Start Program may be ineligible for additional funds. Applications will be accepted Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. only at

CADC will be reopening the Fresh Start Program for the counties of:

  • Calhoun
  • Clark
  • Columbia
  • Dallas
  • Hempstead
  • Hot Spring
  • Howard
  • Lafayette
  • Little River
  • Lonoke
  • Miller
  • Montgomery
  • Nevada
  • Ouachita
  • Pike
  • Pulaski
  • Saline
  • Sevier
  • Union

In addition to the Fresh Start Program, Central Arkansas Development Council will have additional rental assistance to help the citizens of the city of Little Rock.

Residents must:

  • Reside withing the incorporated City Limits of the City of Little Rock.
  • Have a current family income that does not exceed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established “Moderate-Income” limits for Little Rock.
  • Family income eligibility is based on the following two (2) factors:  1) Total number of people residing in the housing unit and 2) Total amount of current annual family income as stated in the Program Application and confirmed by supporting documentation.
  • Applicant must have experienced an economic-impact because of the COVID-19 pandemic such as job loss, lay off, furloughed, or reduction in salary.
  • A current lease agreement for a housing unit in the City of Little Rock is required.