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Rental assistance in Hamilton County Tennessee.

Find rent assistance Chattanooga as well as Hamilton County Tennessee from government agencies, churches or charities. The agencies may have funds to contribute to paying back rent, security deposits, moving costs and housing expenses. Most of these charity type organizations listed below are limited in what they can offer, and usually will only have cash assistance to offer tenants at most once per year. Or look into free legal eviction defense or long term, section 8 housing voucher subsides to help with rent.

In addition to providing emergency funds (loans or grants) to pay rent, many of the organizations will require that recipients have some sort of plan in place to ensure they can get back on track with paying their bills, rent, and housing expenses on their own in the near future. So families will often need to improve their financial situation and resume paying their bills over a few months. The Hamilton County Tennessee agencies may work with clients to ensure this occurs, by offering such services as credit counseling, budgeting workshops, and other case management.

The non-profits, charities and government programs that may contribute rental assistance in limited cases in Hamilton County Tennessee are listed below.

Chattanooga Human Services, which can be reached at 757-5541. This non-profit may be able to offer help with paying rent, mortgage, and utilities. Qualified people can apply for financial assistance at most once per year.. The agency may also provide relocation assistance; referral to shelters as well as emergency housing and other services. The non-profit may also give financial aid to people owing a debt to the Housing Authority. All emergency assistance is for low income families.

Chattanooga Housing Authority. The government organization also administers low income and public housing (including money for rent) as well as the HUD Section 8 housing voucher program. Both of these programs will give preference for housing support to people with disabilities as well as families who are homeless through no fault of their own. Call this Tennessee organization at 752-4893.

United States Catholic Conference services the needy in the greater Chattanooga community with spirituality and simplicity. Call (423) 624-3222




Samaritan Center, Inc. offers social services, and they are a charity that is supported by the local community. Funds for basic needs such as rent, deposits, housing, and food may be offered. Call (423) 238-7777.

Chattanooga Department of Neighborhood Services and Community Development, which can be reached at (423) 643-7322 or (423) 757-5133, runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program on behalf of the federal government. This may offer grants, security deposit assistance, and all sorts of housing programs.

Signal Mountain Welfare Council – May offer financial assistance with rent, but it is limited to Signal Mountain residents within Hamilton County. Call 886-5982.

City of Chattanooga - Office of Family Empowerment is based at 501 W 12th Street in Chattanooga, TN 37402. A number of low income programs, including for housing, rent, or mortgages, are offered. Call the Social Service agency at (423) 643-6434 for information on emergency financial aid for bills as well as housing expenses.

East Ridge Presbyterian Church mostly offers food, but from time to time there may be a few dollars for back rent, deposits, or other bills. They also have information on homeless shelters. The address is 4919 Court Drive, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37412. Call 867-7295.

ESG/CV Homeless Prevention Funds are offered by several organizations. They range from charities to churches and government agencies. Federal grants are offered to pay everything from a mortgage to rent or utilitiy bills. Homeless Prevention can also pay security deposits, vouchers for hotel rooms, transportation and more. But a major focus in on assisting with rent for families that faced a crisis. Call (423) 755-2700, or an agency below.

  • Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition offers EGS funds. Address is 600 N. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404. Call (423) 710-1501





ESG RRH-Hamilton County. Social Services is at 921 East Third St. Verious social services and public aid. Apply for Emergency Food and Shelter Board, free grants from Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing, Project Water Help and more. Call (423) 209-8374.

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga provides referrals, case management and more. Financial help for bills or rent is for members of the Jewish Community Only. Or find other rental assistance programs for tenants. Location is 5461 North Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37411. Phone - 493-0270.

HOPE for the Inner City/Mercy Ministries has very limited amount of funds. However the agency can offer counseling to help families work out a plan to assist them with meeting their needs. This can include providing temporary financial assistance to help low income families and seniors in a crisis with, rent, electric bills, and other assistance. The address is 1800 Roanoke Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406. Or dial 698-3178. Find additional information on HOPE housing assistance in Chattanooga.

Hamilton County Social Services agency may also have limited amounts of emergency assistance from time to time. Call 209-6833. This government organization may be able to assist qualified people in rural Hamilton County Tennessee with paying their rent, medicine, and other housing costs.

Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agencies can help with some housing needs, such as home repairs. Call the offices in one or more of the following town and cities. Dunlap - 949-2191; Jasper - 942-5946; Benton - 338-2335; Dayton Tennessee - 775-4010; Decatur - 334-3305

Community Kitchen – Phone number is 756-4222. Offers emergency assistance and help to reestablish security. Examples of services include job training, food, GED classes, and referrals to loan programs for expenses such as rent or utilities.

Dismas House can provide temporary shelter (up to 6 months), transitional housing and other rental/housing help for ex-offenders to reestablish themselves. Phone 266-1888

Family Violence Center and Spouse Abuse Hotline – Provides protective housing for battered women and their children, and their is also support for single moms. Phone 755-2700.

Homeless Health Care Center – Focuses on the currently homeless and people who have been evicted. Can offer short term emergency housing, medical and social services for people working towards long term goals. Comprehensive housing counseling for tenants. Call 265-5708.





Free Legal Aid for East Tennessee is provided by attorneys and their staff. They help with housing discrimination and can provide guidance on dealing with eviction notices or filing for section 8. The address is 744 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403, call (423) 756-4013.

Eviction prevention from Emergency Solution Grant - The government may offer no interest loans, case management, and other support for paying rent. There will also be transitional housing and funds to pay the utility or rental deposit on a new home. 209-6855

Some of the churches that may have limited amounts of financial assistance for paying back rent are below. Most will help people regardless of their background. In addition, other types of social services, guidance, and support may be provided by this Hamilton County Tennessee churches.

  • Neediest Case Fund/Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, 1800 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37404, call 697-7130
  • Episcopal Metropolitan Ministry, 1112 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, dial 624-9650
  • First Baptist Church of Soddy Daisy, 10185 Dayton Pk, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee 37379, main phone number 332-2814
  • Locate additional financial help from churches.

Additional Chattanooga charities that may contribute housing or rental assistance include:

All funding is limited. Priority for any emergency rental assistance will normally be for tenants with an eviction notice or the most vulnerable, such as seniors, and the organizations may have grants available or provide referrals.

  • Metropolitan Ministries – main number 266-1408
  • Ladies of Charity 698-2606
  • Rossville Community Ministries, main number is 706-861-5748
  • Inner-City Ministries, call 698-3178,
  • Hope for Chattanooga 698-4733,
  • Good Neighbors, phone number 266-1772,
  • Pilgrim Congregational 698-5682,
  • Northside Neighborhood House, dial 267-2217.







Hamilton County Tennessee homeless shelters

The following can provide short term transitional housing, shelters, social services, and other aid. Another goal is placing a client into more long term, affordable apartments.

  • Maranantha, phone number 265-5796
  • Family Emergency Shelter, dial 755-2895
  • Salvation Army - 756-1023
  • Union Gospel Mission, call 493-4161
  • Room In the Inn 266-5796 - women & children, longer term
  • St. Matthew's, phone umber is 266-2828
  • St.Catherine's. Telephone 756-4222
  • Innerfaith Hospitality Mission offers longer term shelter for families. Call 756-3891.
  • Family and Children's Services of Chattanooga offers transitional housing. Dial 755-2870


By Jon McNamara

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