Beginning Friday, May 1, financial assistance will be available for rent, utilities and groceries through the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission/Central Delta Community Action Agency (PBJCEOC/CDCAA.)

Agency offices will be open by appointment in a five county service area starting May 1. Guidelines will apply, according to a news release.

For people who have received an eviction or shut-off notice, need food assistance or for other details, they should call and make an appointment with a case worker at the following numbers:

Jefferson County: 870-536-0046, Ext. 201, or 1-877-915-7561;

Arkansas County: 870-536-0046, Ext. 400, or 1-877-915-7554;

Cleveland County: 870-536-0046, Ext. 110, or 1-877-915-7558;

Grant County: 870-536-0046, Ext. 101, or 1-877-915-7552;

Lincoln County: 870-536-0046, Ext. 300, or 1-877-915-7559.