Emergency financial assistance from Neighbors in Need.

Struggling and low income families in Cleveland Tennessee and Bradley County can receive emergency financial assistance from the Neighbors in Need program. Each year a different local non-profit may administer the service. Some of the agencies that have provided aid in the past include The Caring Place, Council of United Services, and The American Red Cross.

The financial assistance program known as Neighbors in Need can provide various forms of assistance. Apply for help with paying utility bills, mortgages, rent, food, and other aid. Funds can help the less fortunate and disadvantaged pay for a number of basic needs.

The Caring Place, which is a local non-profit service organization, has most recently been running the program  across the community and they will be coordinating funding this year. The Caring Place is located just off of Wildwood Avenue, and the Neighbors in Need Program will be administered from the old Blythe Avenue School building (Suite 2). This location operates as the Family Support Center for all of Bradley County.

The resource is also sometimes called “Neighbors in Need — Empowering Lives”. Financial assistance will address the needs and help pay the bills and housing of the disadvantaged in Bradley County Tennessee.

The primary goal is to try to help end the cycle of poverty in the Cleveland Tennessee area. This can be accomplished by linking participants and families with local service organizations and non-profits that provide enrichment opportunities to the less fortunate and poor. The main objective is to help people become self-sufficient. So this means people can also find help obtaining a job and training. Many resources are run in partnership with the Bradley County Health Department and the local social services agency.

After contacting the non-profit, each applicant/participant will need to go through an assessment session. During this time their financial needs will be assessed and followed up by a professional case manager or credit counselor. This case manager is well trained and is very knowledgeable. They will work with local church partners, community agencies, public and government aid, and most importantly they work very closely with the program participant as they move forward to resolve the crisis and get financial help.





Some examples of what financial assistance will be provided for includes mortgage payments, rent, and utilities. This support is intended for people with past due utility or cutoff notices, or people with an eviction notice or foreclosure filing.

If you receive aid, each participant will be required to sign an agreement for empowerment opportunities and work towards self-sufficiency, which may include one or more of the following. Individuals need to attend job readiness classes, mental health counseling, credit counseling/debt reduction, advice on averting bankruptcy, money management classes, parenting skills classes, nutrition/food preparation classes, job search classes, general equivalency degree preparation, knowledge of the legal system, job training, and substance abuse training.

Applicants will also be required to have a Social Security card, photo ID; proof of government assistance received such as SNAP food stamps, child support and Families First; proof of address for each adult; and proof of total household income such as Social Security verification, pay stubs, tax statements, verification from employers, and information on any Supplemental Security Income.

To learn more, or to get additional information about the Cleveland Tennessee Neighbors in Need program, and to determine eligibility for the financial assistance program, potential applicants can call 472-0769.




By Jon McNamara

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