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Greene County Tennessee assistance programs.

The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. is the leading non-profit agency to call for help in Greene and Greeneville Tennessee. Below you will find a sampling of the assistance programs offered to low income and people who need help. East Tennessee Human Resources also offers aid, as indicated below.

Rent, mortgage, and utility help

A federal government program known as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is offered for housing type expenses. This program will assist individuals and families with special emergency needs by providing them help for rental, mortgage, or utility bill assistance.

Another federal government funded grant program is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This resource, which is called LIHEAP for short, was designed for renters and households who are in need of assistance to help with the expense that occurs with their energy costs. The program can also provide emergency assistance to ensure someone’s utility service is not disconnected. These expenses that can be paid for include electric, wood, coal, heating oil, gas, LP gas, and kerosene. Applications for the LIHEAP program are accepted year round for energy bill assistance from July 1 thru June 30 of each year.

Free food and groceries

Another federal government program, known as the USDA Commodity foods program, will provide a variety of nutritious free foods and groceries which enables low-income families to stretch their grocery dollars and provide meals for their families. The community action agency distributes the USDA foods in nine different locations throughout the service area. Countless volunteers, churches and local non-profit agencies donate their time and effort in helping to make the USDA food available to their neighbors, and the free food goes a long way toward helping families and individuals.

Weatherization assistance program

The WAP assists elderly, low-income, and disabled households in reducing their high fuel costs and energy bills while contributing to the national energy savings. Weatherization assistance program measures provided will reduce heat loss in an applicants home or apartment, and will help families conserve energy cost by improving the warmth and cooling of a dwelling. The net effect is less money being paid for utility bills.





Call the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. at (423) 246-5682.

Help with bills, grant programs, and information

The East Tennessee Human Resources also offers a variety of programs. They offer emergency assistance, which provides services, activities, and resources that are designed to assist low-income participants including the elderly poor and working poor, and the program provides on an emergency basis such supplies and related services, as may be necessary to counteract conditions of poverty in Greene County Tennessee.

They provide rental assistance from The Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps low income families obtain safe and sanitary housing at an affordable price in Greeneville.

Various food assistance programs are offered, including SNAP, TANF, and access to food pantries and a food bank.

Other services including LIHEAP, weatherization, senior meals and Medicare, information on free health care and community clinics, and much more. Call the government agency, which has an office in Greeneville at (423) 798-9625.

During October through November, families can apply for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas programs. Based on donation levels, families living in Greene County may be able to be receive a free toy for their child or maybe a senior citizen can be given a free Christmas present. Other programs provide meals, Christmas food boxes, and much more. Learn more on Northeastern Tennessee free holiday programs.

By Jon McNamara














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