NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

Other Resources

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

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Website: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

You can apply at https://getemergencybroadband.org/

 

SNAP for Students

Located at 1000 E. Siebenmorgan Rd. | Website: https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/divisions-shared-services/county-operations/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-snap/ | 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.

 

Arkansas Rent Relief Program

Website: https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/covid-19/dhs-response-to-covid-19/updates-for-clients/rental-assistance/
Phone: 855-736-8275 (855-RENTARK)
Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday thru Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Arkansas Rent Relief Program will offer financial help to pay overdue and upcoming rent and utilities for eligible Arkansas renters. Landlords who have tenants unable to pay their rent because of lost income or the COVID-19 pandemic also may apply. The program and applications will launch May 17. Visit this page again then to find the link to the DHS application and more information about the program.

If you live in Benton, Pulaski, or Washington counties, these counties have their own rent relief programs (non-DHS) and are already accepting applications. You can apply online: Benton, Pulaski, or Washington.

 

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

Summer Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 11-5, Wednesdays & Thursdays 11-7

Any student, staff, or faculty member can visit the pantry for a one-week supply of food, up to one time per calendar month. 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.  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.