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Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion County assistance programs.

The leading non-profit agency to call in the region for information or financial assistance is the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Call the agency at (423) 949-2191. The programs offered are specific to the local county or town.

The resources and services offered to Pikeville and Bledsoe County families and individuals includes:

  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Shelter Plus Care for individuals who need a place to stay for a period of time. Homeless Assistance is also provided.
  • Weatherization can help people save money on their utility, water, and cooling bills.
  • Grants and funds to pay utilities from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program.
  • Government surplus food and aid from commodities food programs.
  • Medications and pharmaceutical vouchers can get people the prescriptions they need for themselves and families.
  • Job access and training services to either find a job, or improve and enhance career prospects and income.

Altamont and Grundy County Tennessee programs include these.

  • Family Self-sufficiency
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Housing Choice Voucher
  • Housing for Homeless Recovering from Alcohol Addiction
  • Information on Tennessee energy bill assistance programs
  • Weatherization and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Project Hometown
  • Project Help
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program as well as Commodities Foods
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Homemaker Services
  • Families First Transportation
  • Family Care Giver Support
  • OPTIONS for Home and Community Based Services
  • Medicaid Waiver
  • Child Care Certificate Program
  • At Risk Child Only
  • Child Care Teen Parent (CCTP)
  • Community Corrections
  • Misdemeanor Probation Programs
  • SSA/SSI/VA Railroad Retirement
  • Community Prevention Initiative
  • Public Transportation





Residents of Jasper as well as Marion County can also contact the community action agency. The type and number of programs and resources offered include those listed here.

  • Family Care Giver Support
  • Pharmaceutical
  • OPTIONS for Home and Community Based Services
  • Homemaker Services
  • Medicaid Waiver
  • Information on government health care programs and Tennessee free community clinics.
  • At Risk Child Only
  • Child Care Teen Parent (CCTP)Community Corrections
  • Misdemeanor Probation Programs
  • Families First Transportation
  • Housing Choice Voucher
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Housing for Homeless Recovering from Alcohol Addiction
  • Shelter Plus Care
  • Weatherization
  • Federal government funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Non-profit and Government Homeless Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Project Help
  • FEMA
  • Family Self-sufficiency

Salvation Army has multiple locations around the immediate area. The phone numbers to dial include 423.756.1023 (McCallie Ave. branch), dial 423.698.4484 for the (East Lake Corps Center, or call 423.499.0216 for the main office. They may be able to offer emergency services and financial aid for the low income, those in poverty, or unemployed. Possible help for paying rent, utilities, and cooling bills may be offered to qualified applicants. Other assistance is offered for seniors and children in the Marion County region, including Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday programs. Read more.


By Jon McNamara

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