Knoxville and eastern Tennessee Catholic Charity assistance programs.
Assistance programs are focused on the low income in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and surrounding towns and counties in eastern Tennessee. Catholic Charities will provide, as possible, housing, nutritional support, homeless shelter(s), emergency financial aid, and case management. They are a leading charitable church groups for the entire region.
Housing Counseling can help people buy a home, prevent a foreclosure, or learn about eviction prevention and emergency rental assistance. Catholic Charities offers resources and information to help families and individuals attain or maintain stable housing in Knoxville and nearby areas. In addition to individual counseling, the organization will also organize workshop sessions and seminars in the eastern part of Tennessee.
Some of the workshops and services offered will include advice or assistance with creating and using a household budget. Learn about financial topics such as reverse mortgages and earned income tax credits. Other government aid can include rent assistance from Section 8 vouchers. The housing and mortgage counselors are certified to provide training to other service providers on earned income tax credits. This program is centered at an office at 859 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403, dial (423) 826-0660.
Immigration assistance is offered. With the growing number of legal immigrants and Hispanics moving to the Hamilton and Knoxville area, Catholic Charities operates an Office of Immigrant Services which provides high quality yet low-cost assistance for those who cannot afford an attorney or legal advice. Services offered include citizenship and naturalization, petitioning for family members, replacement of immigration documents, adjustments of status, renewing work permits, and Affidavits of support.
A key for an immigrant is to gain a solid foundation as quickly as possible. So the agency will also provide referrals to immigrants who are in need of social services. Get information on assistance such as food pantries, housing, or job programs. Most services and advice is offered in English/Spanish translations. If you are in need of one of advice or one of these services, or if you have questions about immigration programs, make an appointment with a consultant.
Senior assistance is offered to people age 65 and older. The main Catholic Charity program is known as Interfaith Senior Services, and it can help seniors and the elderly in Knoxville and the region keep their independence. Some of the specific resources and programs include:
- Transportation assistance - Volunteers provide free or low cost transportation to grocery shopping, medical appointments, and other necessary or critical errands. Catholic Charities is one of the leading places to learn about free senior transportation programs.
- Clerical Assistance: Interfaith program volunteers assist with filling out forms for a number of needs. For example, get help and advice with organizing paperwork for activities such as applying for food stamps, filing insurance, energy bill assistance, weatherization, emergency meals and food, and other programs.
- Friends In Touch is a service for homebound seniors and they can receive regular, personal contact by telephone to help ensure their safety.
Interfaith Senior Services operates by request and referrals. Normally people who request the program include a concerned family member, the senior adult themselves, or a local social service agency or church. The program is run at 859 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403, telephone (423) 265-2397.
Family Housing Programs operate in eastern Tennessee, including Knox and Hamilton Counties. The programs assist one- or two-parent families or single parents with children in the transition from homelessness. It is an award-winning program, and it can help families gain long term self-sufficiency by providing intensive case management and even rental support for an extended period. Any services or financial aid will be based on each family’s needs and progress. One of the main resources offered is below.
Samaritan Place and the Emergency, Transitional and Long-Term Supportive Housing for Seniors. It operates at 3009 Lake Brook Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37909, dial (865) 524-9896. It offers shelter and support for very-low income seniors, with a goal of getting people into longer term housing and apartments.