County Judge and Quorum Court Member appointed to National Association of Counties Subcommittees

County Judge Barry Hyde and Justice of the Peace Paul Elliott have been appointed to subcommittees the National Association of Counties’ Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. Hyde was appointed to serve on the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee for a one-year term. Elliott was appointed to the law enforcement subcommittee to also serve a one-year term. Both were nominated by the Arkansas Association of Counties and NACo’s President Greg Cox.

NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the judicial system and public safety. For justice, the committee focuses on policy impacting juvenile justice and delinquency, substance abuse, mental health, and other issues that impact county judicial systems.

For public safety, the committee’s focus includes policy related to comprehensive emergency management, first responders (Fire, Police, EMS), Homeland Security, and more.

As members of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, Hyde and Elliott will have the opportunity to introduce policy resolutions and platform changes before both the Legislative and Annual Conferences.

Learn more about the National Association of Counties at

County receives grant to extend housing and clinical services to persons living with HIV and AIDS

Pulaski County Community Services received a $383,000 Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant from the City of Little Rock Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs. HOPWA is a federally funded grant through the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pulaski County will administer the grant and provide housing services to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA) is the partner organization that will provide office space and access to health clinics for a grant administrator.

To qualify for the HOPWA program, an individual must be receiving healthcare and maintain adherence to medical provider requirements. If an individual seeking housing assistance is not receiving healthcare, CHCA will assist in finding a connection with a qualified provider.

“We want to ensure that Pulaski County citizens living with HIV/AIDS have a stable environment that supports their needs,” said Pulaski County Community Services Director, Fred Love. “A stable home supports their overall health outcomes and improves the likelihood clients will be compliant with taking their medications.”

According to the Arkansas Department of Health’s 2017 HIV Surveillance Report, there were approximately 61 new AIDS cases and 102 new HIV cases in Pulaski County. Of the county population, the stage 3 AIDS prevalence was 902. The HIV prevalence was 1,264.

The cost of health care and medications, coupled with the risk of housing discrimination makes individuals living with HIV/AIDS more likely to become homeless. According to the National Coalitional for the Homeless, up to 50 percent of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. are at risk of becoming homeless.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the county on such a worthy endeavor,” said LaShannon Spencer, chief executive officer of Community Health Centers of Arkansas. “People with AIDS/HIV provide value to our community, and CHCA wants to do our part to meet their needs.”

The three major programs that Pulaski County Government will administer through the HOPWA grant are Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA); Short Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance (STRMU); and Permanent Housing Placement Services. These services will be extended until funds are exhausted.

For more information, call Pulaski County Community Services at 501-340-6157 or Community Health Centers of Arkansas at 501-374-2148 or visit

Media Contact
Cozetta Jones
Pulaski County Government
Communications Director

Deadline for Arkansas Disaster Assistance August 7

The deadline is August 7 to register for Federal assistance for damages sustained in the flooding that occurred from May 21 to June 14. There are multiple ways to apply.

Northside of Big Dam Bridge is open. Pedestrians and Riders be cautious.

The northside gate of the Big Dam Bridge is open! Please be aware, there is limited access to the river trail.
When arriving at the Big Dam Bridge northside landing, pedestrians and bicyclists must make an immediate left toward Cooks Landing Park, keep to the Northshore trail (near ADEQ) and continue to Burns Park. Pedestrians and bicyclists should to be cautious there are potholes and still a bit of dirt and sand.
Pulaski County Public Works, the City of North Little Rock – Government and the Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been hard at work to get the northside open for citizens to enjoy the holiday weekend.
Happy July 4th Everyone!
Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


Pulaski County Offices Closed for Independence Day

Pulaski County offices are closed Thursday for the Independence Day Holiday. No garbage routes will run Thursday, July 4th but will resume and run one day late Friday and Saturday. Waste Management will run Friday and Saturday.

Public Notice: County to apply for Arkansas Department Parks and Tourism Grant

Pulaski County Government is making application to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) for construction of a Fun Park in Woodson, Pulaski County, Arkansas and an All-inclusive park at Two Rivers Park.

Pursuant to the guidelines of ADPT, notice is hereby given of public meetings to be held at Woodson Temple COGIC 7801 Woodson Lateral Rd. Woodson, AR 72180 – June 24, 2019 at 6 p.m.) and Pulaski County Administrative Offices 201 S. Broadway Little Rock, AR 72201 (4th Floor Conference Room) on Friday, June 28, 2019 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  All residents of Pulaski County are welcome to come and provide comment on the proposed projects.

The Woodson Fun Park project would involve updating and/or improving the existing park to ensure residents have a safe place to congregate.  The Two Rivers All-Inclusive Park will be built for all kids, no matter what their age or ability. This rubber surface playground will include areas for children from age 2 through teens. Kids will be able to climb, swing, slide, rock, spin, crawl, roll and most of all laugh. Additional parking, a pavilion shelter for gatherings, a music note area and shade structures throughout are some of the family-oriented amenities that are proposed. The goal is to create an all-inclusive destination playground that will attract visitors from all corners of Pulaski County and beyond.

Project information is available for review at the offices of Pulaski County Community Services., Attn: Kimberly Simpson, 201 S. Broadway Ste. 220 Little Rock, AR 72201; (501) 340-3433.

EPA partners with county to assist with flood clean-up

Pulaski County Government has partnered with the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency to provide 40 yard dumpsters, to assist in the cleanup of flood affected communities within the county. Dumpsters will be made available until funds are exhausted.

Dumpsters are available at the following locations:

Two Rivers Park-6900 Two Rivers Park Road LR, AR

West Pulaski Fire Department (Little Rock, Arkansas)
8201 Pinnacle Valley Rd. LR, AR 72223

Scott Volunteer Fire Department #1
7600 Highway 161 S. Scott, AR 72142

Northside Pentecostal Church
4622 Sherman Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Pilgrim Baptist Church
12715 Upper Steel Bend Rd.

Resources for flood victims; residential and business owners

 FEMA and SBA 

Individuals who have lost property to the flooding in Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties should first contact their insurance agencies. If they are not sufficiently covered for their flood losses, they should  register with FEMA  at either 1-800-621-3362 (open 6am to 10pm CT, seven days a week) or at  (open at all times.)

For qualified individuals, FEMA can provide housing assistance and help with other needs generated by the flooding, including certain medical, dental, funeral, and child care expenses. FEMA can also refer individuals to the Small Business Administration (SBA). For qualified individuals in Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties, the SBA can provide loans for up to $200,000 to replace or repair damaged or destroyed real estate, and up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property. Interest rates on these loans for individual homeowners and renters can be as low as 1.938%. To be considered for such loans, applicants must first register with FEMA.

For qualified businesses and private nonprofits that have suffered losses due to the flooding in Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties, SBA disaster loans of up to $2 million are available to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Economic injury loans from the SBA may also be available, regardless of property damage, to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Interest rates can be as low as 4% for businesses and 2.75% for private nonprofit organizations.

FEMA Helpline  – For help by phone 6am-10pm CT, seven days a week: 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362); TTY 1-800-462-7585

FEMA Website  –

Regional FEMA Contacts  – 940-898-5399 | Twitter: @FEMARegion6  | FEMA Region VI website:

Basic FEMA Information – Basics for disaster assistance:

SBA Disaster Loan Information  –

SBA Customer Service Center  – 1-800-659-2955

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA offers a variety of programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers, and businesses that have been affected by the flooding. In general, these resources are available to those who have suffered damages statewide—not just within the eight counties currently covered by the federal Major Disaster Declaration. Producers who incurred a loss as a result of the flooding should visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to file a loss claim and discuss eligibility. In addition, producers with crop insurance who experience a loss should consult their policy and speak with their insurance agent.

USDA Disaster Assistance Website  –

FSA Disaster Assistance Programs at a Glance  –

FSA Arkansas State Office  – 501-301-3000 |

Additional Disaster Aid Links

Beware of Scams – For post-flood tips to avoid ‘flood insurance’ or ‘home improvement’ scams click here .

IRS Relief Options – For information on the most recent IRS-issued tax relief provisions for taxpayers affected by disaster situations click here .

Emergency Food – For assistance paying for food in emergency situations through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) click here .

Paying Utility Bills – For emergency assistance with utility bills through the Arkansas Department of Human Services click here . You can also call the Arkansas Department of Human Services for utility assistance at 501-682-8714.

Flood Tips From the Office of Attorney General Rutledge

Avoid Additional Risks  – Check for warping, loosened, or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes. Turn off all water and electrical sources to the home. Beware of rodents, snakes, and other reptiles.

Document the Damage  – Take photos or video of the damage before removing the water or any flood-damaged items for any future insurance claims.

Protect Your Health  – Standing water and affected areas of your home may be contaminated with sewage or household chemicals. Wear protective gear while cleaning up. Throw out any food that came into contact with flood waters.

Mitigate Mold Damage  – Remove carpeting and bedding. Keep affected areas as dry as possible and use a strong cleaner such as bleach.

Removal and Repair  – Beware of door-to-door solicitors or anyone asking for payment for the entire job upfront. Verify that the contractor is licensed and insist upon a written contract.

Maps & Local Emergency Information 

Army Corps of Engineers flooding map –

  • Click on “2019 Event Inundation Forecast” tab (top right)
  • Accept Disclaimer and click ‘OK’
  • Click on icon with four squares under address search and select streets

Road closures  –

Twitter: @myARDOT website  –

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management –

Twitter: @AR_Emergencies  | Facebook: @ARemergencies

Arkansas State Police –

Twitter: @ARStatePolice  | Facebook: @ARStatePolice

Little Rock District, Army Corps of Engineers  –

Twitter: @usacelittlerock  | Facebook: @littlerockusace

(covers AR River from Little Rock to Western Arkansas)

Vicksburg District, Army Corps of Engineers –

Twitter: @VicksburgUSACE  | Facebook: @VicksburgUSACE

(covers Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas)

Information Source:

Flood Survivors can expect to see FEMA visiting their neighborhoods

From Federal Emergency Management Agency

Housing inspectors and Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon be hitting the streets in towns throughout Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties. They are there to help disaster survivors get connected with potential assistance.

Inspections occur once survivors register with FEMA.  They are an essential part of the recovery process for those who need to make their primary residences livable again or have serious personal property loss. Homeowners and renters should make sure their contact information is up to date and have access to a telephone.  They will need to have a photo identification and proof of ownership or a lease.

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams go door-to-door in affected areas to answer questions about the types of help available, help survivors apply for state and federal assistance, update an applicant’s contact information, and help with referrals to community partners.

If you’re meeting a FEMA representative in person, ask to see their identification badge. All federal employees carry official, laminated photo identification.  FEMA shirts, hats and jackets do not make them official.

When a FEMA inspector comes to your damaged home, he or she will require verification of your identity, but will already have your registration number, so should not ask you for it. Keep our FEMA registration number safe.  Do not share it with others.

Beware of individuals charging a fee to apply for disaster assistance, provide a home inspection or any other service. Neither FEMA nor Small Business Administration staff inspectors require banking information or payment in any form. They also do not determine eligibility or dollar amounts of assistance.


Robin Smith

DHS FEMA Region 6 External Affairs