Montgomery County Tennessee assistance programs.

Emergency financial help in Montgomery County, which can be provided by churches, charities, the the government  is available. Find where to get money for paying bills (utility, water, or medical), grants for housing costs (security deposits, mortgages or rent), free medical or dental care in Clarksville and the region, and more. Financial aid along with case management, counseling, and other social services help low income families, the elderly, and disabled among others.

Many free goods are offered as well as self-sufficiency services. There are free Christmas toys for kids along with discounted/free medications from programs such as Blink Medical. Educational supplies are given out, such as free laptop computers as well as back to school supplies. Or find free legal aid, debt counseling, and other assistance.

Programs that conserve energy and provide help with paying utility bills.

State and federal government funds are used by the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which was created to offer low-income households weatherization resources. The program will help families save on their energy bills by installing extra insulation, weather striping, replacing old appliances, and more. People can save hundreds of dollars per year in lower heating and cooling loss and thereby reducing the households energy expenses.

They also manage the local LIHEAP program. Lower income families can get one time grants and other assistance that can be used to pay heating and cooling bills. A crisis program will also aid those who may be faced with having their service turned off. The community action agency is located at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 307, Clarksville, phone (931) 896-1800.

Find financial help including food, funds for rent, and other aid

United Methodist Urban Ministries offers a resource known as Grace Assistance Program. This provides qualified low income families with utilities, food, personal items, homeless services, and prescriptions for those in need. 217 S. Third St., Clarksville, Tennessee 37041, phone (931) 648-9090





The Housing Assistance from Old Firehouse Day Shelter can offer emergency rental assistance and housing for previously homeless individuals who have gained employment. 1498 Golf Club Lane, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040, call (931) 542-0381

Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency – Runs several assistance programs for the needy. They include those listed below.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Grants and cash can be paid out for paying utility bills. Priority is given in energy assistance, as well as the dollar amount of assistance, is based on the applicants income, energy burden, and size of the applicants household (number of family members) as well as the presence of vulnerable household members, which can include infants, frail elderly, and handicapped. 150 Lafayette Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37042, phone (931) 896-1800, or click here for more details on LIHEAP emergency grants for a crisis.

Child development from Head Start – This is a nationally recognized educational and social service program designed to meet the nutritional, educational, mental, and social needs of children under the age of 5. Their families may also benefit. Head Start helps all children succeed over the midterm. Special Services and programs are also offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

Income and employment resources - The community action agency helps clients overcome poverty through employment, career skills, and counseling. They partner with Goodwill, the state of Tennessee and federal WIA programs among others. Or find Goodwill job services.





Food – Provided by the USDA Commodity Program. It offers families a supplemental source of nutrition to low-income families. Commodities and perishable items are distributed on a first come first serve basis to the needy, and are distributed every three (3) months at most.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency is located at 350 Pageant Ln # 307 Clarksville, Tennessee 37040, call (931) 648-5774. Or for more details, locate programs from Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action.

Clarksville and Montgomery County Salvation Army Center can direct clients to any number of social services as well as emergency financial aid. The non-profit is involved in distributing free food, including around the holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. Other assistance may include short term shelter as a form of homeless prevention or use of a thrift store for clothing and household items.

The Montgomery Salvation Army offers other assistance too. That may be free school supply giveaways, substance abuse help, and winter coats. Numerous programs are available for the low income and working poor. More information on Montgomery County Salvation Army programs.

Welcome Home Ministries can help people leaving a transitional housing program. Partnering with landlords and local apartment communities in Montgomery County, low income tenants may receive a reduced monthly rent amount, donated furniture for their new home, and referrals to charities that may have grants or help for security deposit or rent. Call (615) 309-7087.

Montgomery County Buffalo Valley focuses on housing needs. They support veterans, the disabled, and very low income in the region, including the city of Clarksville. Some of the main programs are below.

  • Rehousing can assist with getting the client back into a new home or apartment.
  • Eviction prevention ranges from advice to emergency funds for rent, such as loans.
  • Permanent supportive housing is also available in Montgomery County.
  • Several other resources are administered as well. More on Buffalo Valley housing programs.

Dickson Community Clinic – This is a faith-based family care clinic which offers Primary Health Care. It treats low income and uninsured families and individuals from Dickson and also surrounding counties including Montgomery. They offer diagnostic testing and therapies, primary healthcare, diagnosis, treatment, and special referral as needed. 111 Hwy70 E, #202, Dickson, Tennessee 37055, telephone (615) 441-1486

Adults, children, and the uninsured can get free dental care in the county too. Clinics as well as volunteers dentists or hygienists help with that. Everything from a cleaning to root canals, extraction, and other support is given. Find Tennessee free dental clinics.

Holiday programs - There are several agencies in the region that offer help at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free toys, meals, food boxes, and other gift services are available for struggling families as well as children. More on free holiday help in Montgomery County.

Free emergency food pantries and clothing closets

Basic needs, in particular food or hot meals, can be met by various churches and charities as well as volunteer organizations such as soup kitchens. There are several free food pantries in Montgomery County Tennessee that can help the less fortunate. There are also government programs such as SNAP from Human Services or free school lunch programs. Clients of the centers come from all backgrounds.





Church at Trenton Crossing can provide a free box of groceries. Telephone 931-802-2889.

Love Inc. has a soup kitchen and food pantry on site. The location on Main Street may also have personal hygiene items as well as clothing.

There are almost 20 other locations in the area. Other food programs are available as well as basic needs, such as hygiene items. Find more food pantries in Montgomery County Tennessee.


By Jon McNamara

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