Blount County assistance programs.

Find all of the resources in Blount County Tennessee that can help a low income or struggling family. Programs provide one time rent or energy bill help, or maybe a free box of food. There are also free community clinics for medical needs, emergency cash based assistance programs, and government benefits to name but a few of the financial assistance programs in the region.

All across the county are churches, charities, as well as government assistance programs. They offer grants, low cost loans for paying bills or mortgage costs, or free stuff. The later may include Christmas toys, furniture for a home, school supplies, or even dental cleanings. Many resources are offered in the region.

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The Blount County Community Action Agency provides resources, services and assistance programs to low to moderate income families, the disabled, and the elderly in the area. Some of the programs they offer are below, but also contact them for more information or to apply.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The goal of this program is to help people save on and reduce their utility, heating, and cooling bills. The program will make free energy efficiency improvements to homes or rental units of eligible low-income households to offset both their cooling and heating consumption. Weatherizing and updating homes for the long-term helps reduce utility bills year after year, and saves people hundreds of dollars per year.

Emergency Services and Assistance
Qualified households can receive one-time payments to help pay for emergency needs for such expenses as utilities, rent, other miscellaneous needs. Learn more about the government Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program. Click here for information on homeless prevention and rehousing from the government.





Food aid
Families and individuals can receive aid up to four times each year (January, April, July, October). A typical distribution to households will provide 40-45 pounds of food to a household and may feature items such as rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, soup, spaghetti,  powdered milk, dried fruit, nuts, and more.

Employment and Income Opportunities
The Blount County community action agency helps families increase their income, gain new skills, and hot career goals. Whether it is the free use of a computer, help with interviews or creating a resume, side gig jobs, or other career services, assistance is offered. Even find support such as tips on how to make money blogging.

Home Repair/Rehabilitation/Modernization
The BCCAA community action agency is also a partner in the Blount County Housing Repair Collaborative (HRC). The main purpose is to provide home repairs and other household rehabilitation for low to moderate income families in Blount County.





Low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP)
This program will provide annual one-time assistance and cash grants that are used to help pay for home energy costs, and the program is targeted to eligible low-income households (125% of federal poverty guidelines). There is also an Energy Crisis intervention component which provides immediate cash grants to help people deal with emergencies and ensure their service is not disconnected.

Emergency rent assistance
Federal government grants can help people who are in a crisis situation. Money can pay for security deposits, rent expenses for up to 18 months, moving costs, and even utility bills. Get more information on the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness rent program.

Contact the Blount County Community Action Agency at 3509 Tuckaleechee Pike Maryville, TN to apply or learn more about all the programs they offer. Or click here for details on community action agency in Blount County.

Financial assistance services in Blount County Tennessee

Good Neighbors of Blount County has a program for electric and utility bill assistance. The charity may also offer other support for employment expenses. The non-profit provides limited amount of emergency financial assistance or cash grants to help with paying utility bills.

Another service provides a plan that may offer assistance and guidance to clients seeking stability. It is for individuals and is offered while working with the person to assist them with overcoming their hardship. GM may help with paying small amount of utility fees or rent when neighbor meet the goals of plan. The clients also need to partially contribute to paying their expenses as well. 1021 Hampshire Drive, Maryville, Tennessee 37801, (865) 681-5420, or read more Good Neighbors assistance.

Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness offers a limited amount of rent and utility assistance. Their office is at 903 McCammon Ave, Maryville, TN 37801, call (865) 982-7616. The coalition coordinates referrals to financial assistance. The program is only offered to help with security deposits for utilities or limited rent. There may also be loans to help people move into a new location. Locate more on Blount County Coalition to End Homelessness.




East Tennessee Human Resources may offer some support services to Blount County. The non-profit will mostly offer referrals, including to government programs such as weatherization or Head Start. Other services may be food pantries and help for the elderly. Learn more on East Tennessee Human Resources.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center of Blount County offers free parenting classes that are court and DCS certified. If your area isn't listed contact with one of our representatives to find which center is closest to you. For further information please contact (865) 523-8695 x 1149.

Christmas, Holiday, and Thanksgiving programs can help the low income in Blount County. Whether a child needs a toy or a family a meal, support is provided by charities and groups such as the Salvation Army. Find places to go to for Christmas help.

Blount County TN Dept of Human Services administers government and public assistance such as Food Stamps. Eligibility standards are in place. For example, eligibility for government food assistance will be determined on an expedited basis for households with less than $150.00 in gross income and savings less than $100.00. Other information is offered on LIHEAP, WIC, and housing programs such as section 8. 303 Home Avenue, Maryville, Tennessee 37801, phone (865) 981-2350

Housing assistance - The main programs in Blount County include shelters, rent, security or utility deposit, eviction assistance, and mortgage help. The agencies that offer this support range from churches to charities or government offices. Assistance is for qualified low income families. Find help with rent in Blount County.

Free food and hunger prevention services

Low income food programs in Blount County can help feed the working poor, unemployed, and individuals in a crisis. There are a few soup kitchens and food pantries available, and they tend to be open a few days per week.

The federal government and state of Tennessee also offer support too. There are meal programs for students, such as free school lunches or breakfasts. Or the USDA helps feed the poor and families living in poverty. Or the needy or hungry can try resources such as SNAP, and find all the information on food stamp eligibility rules.

Chilhowee Baptist Center is in Maryville, and the phone number is (865) 981-2992. Another option, which may not only have groceries but also information on SNAP food stamps, is Community Food Connection (dial (865) 977-4400). Whether it is a free holiday meal, piece of clothing, or even snacks for students, help is available.





There are many places for free food, groceries or meals. Government programs also help feed children as well as the elderly among others. Find free food banks and pantries Blount County.


By Jon McNamara

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