Local and National Organizations

Arkansas Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE)

ACHANGE is a collective voice that promotes quality, affordable housing and community economic development throughout Arkansas. The coalition focuses on the need for affordable housing solutions for Arkansas citizens.

ACHANGE is a 501(c)(3) membership nonprofit organization committed to creating, renovating, protecting, expanding, and preserving quality affordable housing in Arkansas.  The State of Arkansas is consistently recognized nationally for having some of the most affordable housing in the country.  Unfortunately, the affordability referenced does not always reflect the quality of affordable housing. For example, Arkansas is the only state in the nation that does not have a standard requirement or definition for habitability and is ranked 50th regarding tenant rights and protections.

Arkansas Renters United

Are you a tenant? Check out Arkansas Renters United! ARU is a renters organization that fights for fair landlord tenant laws so that renters have rights and protections. ARU aims to mobilize individuals directly affected by substandard housing, focus their attention on speaking out against bad landlords, and change the structure of landlord tenant relations in Arkansas.

Center for Arkansas Legal Services
The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) is a nonprofit law firm founded in 1965 that provides free civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income Arkansans. CALS is headquartered in Little Rock and serves 44 of the 75 counties in Arkansas. Its mission is to defend the legal rights and work for systemic solutions to balance the scales of justice for low-income people and communities.

Arkansas Fresh Start
Do you need rent assistance because of the COVID pandemic? Are you covered by the CDC moratorium? Arkansas Fresh Start is a “one-stop” website for information about the CDC moratorium and sources of rent assistance.

Legal Aid of Arkansas
The mission of Legal Aid of Arkansas is to champion equal justice for low‐income individuals and communities and to remedy the conditions that burden and marginalize them. Legal Aid is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals residing in the state of Arkansas in civil (non-criminal) cases. Legal Aid is headquartered in Jonesboro and serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas. Legal Aid assists thousands of clients every year in priority areas, such as family law, consumer issues, bankruptcy, or evictions.

Housing Arkansas
Housing Arkansas works hard to help meet the housing needs of Arkansans. Every child deserves a safe place to call home; a place to call home offers seniors an opportunity to live and grow with independence and dignity; our veterans should have access to safe, affordable housing; and all hardworking Arkansans should be able to afford a home and still have enough money for groceries and child care. Housing Arkansas, a volunteer advocacy group, formed in 2008. Its purpose is to speak for a permanent, dedicated source of revenue for the Arkansas Housing Trust Fund.

National Low-Income Housing Coalition
NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. Its goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low-income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low-income housing policy.