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Find financial help with rent, electric or utility bills, transportation, and other aid. There is also free food from pantries, groceries, and seasonal items, such as grant money during the winter or free Christmas gifts or school supplies. Get free stuff or financial assistance in Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Lake, Gibson, Obion, Henry, and Weakley Counties Tennessee. The following agencies, non-profits, churches, and programs are available in one or more of those counties.

Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council - This is the community action agency that serves the entire region. They can provide information on grant programs and other resources that the low income and working poor can apply to.

  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - The federal government funded program was created to help qualified households who are considered low income, and who currently pay a high portion of household income for their home energy bills. The program can provide grants to pay energy bills, and money to prevent a disconnection.
  • Food assistance - Get free food from the federal government Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program may be able to assist the low income, elderly, handicapped, and unemployed in saving money on utility bills by reducing energy consumption and costs by weatherization of both owner-occupied and rental housing units.
  • Employment services including individualized case management, budgeting, investing, saving classes and more.

Call the Dresden headquartered Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council at (731) 364-3228. There are other grants, loan, and employment programs offered as well. Continue with Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council assistance programs.

Ministerial Alliance of Benton County - Helps people in need in Benton County Tennessee. Aid is targeted at the unemployed, homeless, aging, hungry, low income and those living in poverty. Get help for food, heating bills and utilities, rent, prescriptions for life-sustaining medications, and other basic needs and support. 731-584-7744.




TOPS - Only migrant or seasonal farm workers may qualify for help. The non-profit provides assistance with paying for rent and utilities. Alamo TN and various other locations around the area. (731) 696-4860

Halls Mission - Provides rent payment and housing assistance to those in need of short term help or who may be facing a hardship. In addition to money for paying rent, they may have funds for utility bills, food aid, and information on other services for qualified individuals. (731) 836-7079

Dyersburg-Dyer Co Union Mission (phone (731) 285-0726) - This agency also provides rent payment assistance to those in need of help. Also learn about energy bill programs.

Community action agency - Economic Development Council - Funding is limited, and provided on a case by case basis. The program may be able to offer assistance with paying for utility, heating and cooling bills. This is the local non-profit community action agency for the region. Other resources for families facing poverty, the low income, or unemployed are as follows.

  • Inquire into federal government programs such as Head Start.
  • Applications are processed for low income energy bill assistance programs including weatherization and LIHEAP.
  • Food assistance in Gibson, Carroll and nearby counties include surplus government commodities and meals for children.
  • Job training, including federal programs such as WIA, or the Workforce Investment Act.

All financial aid and services are available for people who live in Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties, and they can provide information on other services if you do not live in those counties. Referrals are offered too. The main office is in Dresden TN. Call (800) 273-0301. However other locations are open too.





The Salvation Army has locations around Northwest Tennessee. The Henry County branch can be reached at (731) 642-4105 and is located in Paris. This branch can provide rent help, and possibly other limited funding for energy bills and medications. The location can refer people to Salvation Armys in other counties, as well as other non-profits, charities, and government programs.

The agency also has centers in Gibson and nearby counties. In addition to the Salvation Army programs listed above, numerous other resources are available. They include free food from a pantry, Christmas meals for families and gifts for children, as well as referrals and case management. Or explore other basic needs such as clothing, back to school supplies or uniforms and even job training services. Learn more on Salvation Army in Gibson, Madison, Jackson County area.

Faith Family Medical Clinic has locations and serves most towns and cities in TN. They have information and details on health care programs. Dial (615) 341-0808

Henry County Health Department - Services offered to the low income and uninsured can include, but are not limited to, primary adult and pediatric care, dental care and specialty medicine, prenatal care, as well as laboratory and radiological services and allied support services like nutrition and health education. They also partner with other community clinics throughout Northwest TN. Paris Tennessee based, and dial (731) 642-4025. Find other medical bill programs.

Paris Family Resource Center may have school supplies and they also run a food pantry. 642-2938

Sunswept Baptist Church Food Pantry of Union City ((731) 885-8525) may be able to provides limited amount of free groceries and food when donations are available on first-come, first-served basis to families in need of help.

Helping Hand Ministry - Some of the assistance programs offered include emergency financial assistance for rent, utility bills, medicine, medical expenses. They can also refer people to local non-profits. Union City. (731) 885-3924

Lake Co Primary Care - The clinic may offer health care and other aid for residents of the surrounding counties. Call (731) 253-6690

By Jon McNamara

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