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Rent assistance Shelby County and Memphis.

Find rental assistance programs across the Memphis Tennessee community. Several different charity organizations, churches and government agencies focus on providing the low income with solutions to their housing crisis. Get financial assistance or grants for paying rent or security deposits, free legal aid to stop an eviction, section 8 or even free motel vouchers. Find rental payment assistance near you in Shelby County.

Find information on the various housing, including no-wait list apartments, as well as rental payment assistance programs in Memphis and the greater Shelby County. Low income tenants, seniors, the disabled, veterans and single moms often get priority. Find details on section 8 HUD subsidized apartments, free grant money to pay back rent and legal aid to stop evictions. Many of the resources do have waiting lists as the demand is great.

Funding is also limited, so unfortunately not everyone who applies will be able to receive grants, loans or funds to help them pay their rent. However at the very least people can get advice, counseling, and maybe even information on other local charities or government programs that may be additional options.

Where to get rental assistance in Memphis TN area

Community Service Agency (CSA) of Memphis and Shelby County may be able to provide emergency financial assistance with paying for utilities, rent, housing, and mortgage payments. The non-profit can also be a source of referrals to emergency loans as well as eviction prevention advice.

Low income residents may be able to get emergency assistance from Shelby County CSA at most once every several months or so. All financial requests, including those for utility and rent assistance, are taken on Wednesday morning at 8:00 am. Get help with mortgages, rent, furniture, appliances, clothing, and other housing needs. The agency may also offer some families a non-interest loan for paying their bills or past due rental expenses. Dial 901.278.3893 or (901) 222-4299 or try (901) 222-4270

Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Housing Partnership - This non-profit agency can offer short-term Rental Assistance and also Case Management for Housing needs. Tenants can work with a counselor to explore all options. They can look into short-term rental assistance (up to three months worth of payments), low income housing options, budgeting, case management, affordable homes with no-waiting list, and general information.




The assistance rent is targeted at those families who are homeless or imminently homeless, and the applicant needs to have children as well. This can include single parents. Some of the criteria include the applicant needs to have been employed or able to contribute some funds to rent, have been a resident of Shelby County Tennessee and a few other criteria. To learn more or apply for help, call (901) 529-4545 or (901) 260-4663, or try 901-260-4663.

TN Department of Human Services – They process government assistance, which can help rent. The low income and families in poverty can apply for Families First Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). This is the government run program that can provide short term, temporary monthly cash government benefits to low-income and working poor families with children.

  • The main address is 2003 Corporate Ave. Memphis, Tennessee 381327. The Family Assistance Service Center – (866) 311-4287
  • To apply for cash assistance, call the North Branch Office - Family Assistance, which is based at 3230 Jackson Ave. Call 901-320-7200
  • Welles Branch Office - Family Assistance is also operated from 3360 South Third Street Memphis, TN Call 901-344-5040.

Memphis Housing Authority runs the Shelby County and city Housing Choice Voucher Program. This non-profit agency will provide applications for the federally funded Section 8 Housing Certificates. The demand for this program is high and there is often a waiting list for a home or apartment, however emergency section 8 can give priority to the elderly or disabled.. Funds can be used and the agency can arrange rent supplement agreements with local landlords. 700 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38105, (901) 544-1100.

Neighborhood Christian Center, or NCC, has multiple assistance programs in the county as well as locations to apply at. Applications are only accepted one per week, but there may be emergency money for rent that is immediately due, utility disconnection prevention assistance (if it stops evictions), referrals, free furniture, and other housing resources. The main address is 785 Jackson Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38107. Call (901) 881-6013.





Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, call (901) 576-7313, offers security deposits and rent help from 3- to 18 months through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Whitehaven Southwest Mental Health Center - May have limited amounts of financial assistance for paying housing, rent expenses, deposits, and utilities. Address: 1087 Alice Ave., Memphis, TN 38106. Phone number 901.259.1920.

Non-profit referral line - Tenants can get information on shelter and referrals to financial aid, such as government grants for security deposits, public housing, and funds for paying back rent. The aid is limited with a focus on the less fortunate, such as senior citizens, and rent help is focused on those with pay or quit notices. Phone - (901) 415-2790.

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) can offer help to people who have a referral from social worker or a case manager. The church can provide rent/mortgage/utility assistance,  as well as basic needs, such as furniture for a home or free food vouchers. Address of the church is  910 Vance Ave. Memphis, TN 38126. Telephone 901-527-0226 or (901) 529-4538 or dial (901) 529-4522. Find more information on rent help from MIFA.

Social Services from the Salvation Army centers in Shelby County may help. Programs vary, but may include homeless shelters, emergency funds for back rent or utility bills (to stop homelessness), case management, and referrals to even motel or hotel assistance programs.

The faith based charity tries to help the low income and tenants or homeowners in a crisis. This may be rent help, free furniture for a home or apartment, mortgage payment assistance, or deposit assistance There are a few locations in the county and Memphis, and more on Salvation Army assistance in Memphis region.

Friends For Life runs the HOWPA program. it only assists individuals (or families) impacted with HIV or AIDS in Shelby County. Mortgage, grants for rent, medical, or short term apartments may be offered from the non-profit at 43 N Cleveland St., Memphis, TN 38104. Phone - (901) 272-0855




Homeless assistance programs are used for both preventing an eviction as well as to help families find, and pay the rental and moving costs, for a new apartment in Memphis. Federal government grants allow this program to be offered by non-profits. The money can be used for issuing free motel vouchers, paying rent arrears, energy costs, deposits, and more. Find eviction help in Memphis.

Society of St Vincent DePaul - Memphis and Shelby County works with up to a dozen local churches across the county and in Memphis to provide needed financial assistance. Based on resources, there may be help with rent, utility or security deposits, or utilities for residents of Memphis. The location is 1306 Monroe Avenue, St Vincent DePaul Memphis, Memphis, TN 38104. Call (901) 458-4238 or  (901) 722-4703.

HER Faith Ministries is at 3396 Park Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38111. Single women, the poor, and females can get emergency rent help, motel vouchers, and other support. The case management is combined with grants and cash aid. Call (901) 324-3705

Memphis Area Legal Services can provide eviction assistance to tenants that are behind on their rent. Attorneys provide free legal assistance and advise residents on their rights. Or the organization can ensure homes and apartments are safe to live in or assist with applications to government benefits. The address is 22 North Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, or call (901) 523-8822.

Or try Community Legal Center, which is a pro-bono firm that also helps the working poor, veterans and others with housing and civil matters. They operate from 910 Vance Avenue, or call (901) 543-3395.

Memphis Crisis Center - Volunteers may be able to refer callers, including those with a mental illness or disability, to programs that may assist them, including housing or rent, financial problems, and others. Phone 901-274-7477.

OutMemphis helps LGBTQ+ residents only. Rent or housing assistance is combined with medical needs, counseling and more. Call (901) 627-7594. They can also help renters who are faced with discrimination from landlords or property owners. Address is 892 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104.

The Old Path Ministries helps the homeless and people close it it. Shelter, information on rent assistance, job training, and other services are from 1022 Peabody Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104-6236. Phone (901) 244-7812







Gift of Mary Shelter partners with Missionaries of Charity at 700 N. 7th St. Memphis , Tennessee 38107. A major focus is on short term housing and placement services for women. When stability is ready, funds for first months rent or security deposits are offered.

Get information and referrals from SEEDCO - EarnBenefits. This agency can provides information and details on financial assistance to low-wage working people. Get information and advice in applying for various government (both Tennessee and federal) and private benefits programs. A total of four offices are located around the region. Call the Memphis location at Call 901-255-2955.


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