Other Resources

Other areas, both on- and off-campus, offer emergency resources for students in need.


SNAP for Students

Located at 1000 E. Siebenmorgan Rd. | Website: https://access.arkansas.gov/Learn/Home | Phone: (501) 730-9900

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Food benefits for work-study eligible students and students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year.


Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Website: https://arkansaslihwap.com/ | Phone: (888) 985-6441

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, excluding holidays

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) helps Arkansas residents pay their water and wastewater bills. Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Arkansas Energy Office, this free, federally funded program offers up to $2,000 to help qualified, low-income households pay their residential water or wastewater past-due balances.


COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant

The DHS Division of County Operations partnered with community organizations throughout the state to distribute Emergency Solutions Grant funds to eligible Arkansans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizations were awarded funds in three categories:

  • Street Outreach: to engage those who are homeless and not staying in a shelter or other housing;
  • Homelessness Prevention: offers rental assistance and other supports for those who are at risk of becoming homeless to allow them to stay in their homes or relocate;
  • Rapid Re-Housing: help finding and paying for housing for those who are homeless and case management during the transition to stability;
  • Emergency Shelter: support for shelter operations along with critical services to shelter residents such as child care, skills training, and transportation assistance.

A list of groups by county can be found here along with the name of the person applicants in that county should contact is listed as the ESG contact for each group. You must apply for this funding through the organization in your county — not through DHS.


Torreyson Library Textbook Reserve

Located in the Torreyson Library. Website: https://uca.edu/library/textbooks/ Email: jriedmueller@uca.edu

Textbooks for selected undergraduate, high-enrollment classes are available for use through the Torreyson Library Textbook Reserve service. Check to see if they have the textbook(s) you need on their website.


Bear Essentials Food Pantry

Located on the south end of the Physical Plant Building. Website: uca.edu/foodbank Email: bearessentials@uca.edu

Fall Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 11-5, Wednesdays & Thursdays 11-7
Closed on UCA Holidays and Breaks

Any student, staff, or faculty member can visit the pantry for a one-week supply of food, up to one time per week. All you need to show is your UCA ID card.


CAPCA (Community Action Program for Central Arkansas)

Located at 707 Robins Street, suite 700.  | Phone: (501) 329-0977  |  Email: info@capcainc.org

If you or your family are faced with a crisis situation and are in need of assistance you may contact any of CAPCA’s offices so that a staff member may assist you.  You can see the programs they offered under the Program tab on their website. If they do not provide the service that you need, they may have information about resources that are available from local communities that may be able to help you.


Soul Food Cafe Mission

Located at 1717 S Donaghey.  | Phone: (501) 575-2929  |  Email: soulfoodcafemission@gmail.com

Soul Food Cafe Mission provides clothing, home, health & beauty, bakery and drink station, showers, laundry mat, & haircuts to those in need. They may also be able to help with rent and utility assistance through their Love Lifted Me Rescue Housing program.


UCA Foundation Emergency Scholarship

Located in Buffalo Alumni Hall.

UCA Foundation Emergency Scholarships are one-time only awards for UCA students who experience unexpected financial crises or emergencies. Scholarships are issued as funds are available and are awarded in amounts up to $500.