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Putnam County Tennessee assistance programs.

Families and individuals who need help can get assistance from Helping Hands of Putnam County. For the last 30+ years, Helping Hands has used a combination of government grants and private donations to fill those occasional gaps in people's budgets, and help people with emergencies, by providing groceries, rent help, utility bill payments, transportation costs, medical assistance, and a variety of other assistance.

For example, in 2008, Helping Hands provided almost $65,000 in financial assistance to local families. In addition, they gave 165,000 pounds of food and household supplies to almost 3,500 families in Putnam County. They are pace to provide 10-50% more assistance this year, as the need is much greater with the weak economy.

In just the first half of 2009, the nonprofit distributed 113,821.5 pounds of food and sundries to 1,672 Putnam County families and made almost $34,000 worth of payments toward housing, utility, medical and transportation costs. For example, they are now paying on average 130 utility bills per month this year.

On a daily basis people of all income level come to Helping Hands because they've lost their job, they can’t afford their health care insurance, maybe their spouse is sick, or they need some extra food. And for the most part, Helping Hands can provide many of them some type of aid.

Helping Hands also works with a variety of churches to coordinate programs with them. For example, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Cookeville and others. Call (931) 526 - 3838.

Emergency help for bills and other expenses in Putnam Tennessee

Putnam County UCHRA (phone (931) 526 - 3838) has a rent assistance program. It is a resource that will help make rent payments for families and individuals who are facing an eviction. Based in Cookeville Tennessee.

The community action agency of Putnam County is the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. The main office is in Cookville. Call (931) 528-1127. Some of the programs run from the location include Comprehensive Emergency Assistance as well as LIHEAP. Head Start is offered for children up to five years of age. A Commodities Program provides surplus foods to low-income households, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program supplements the cost of groceries, meals, food, and snacks to caregivers for children.




However, maybe the number one reason to contact this organization is for information and referrals. For example, if you need health care, find Tennessee free community clinics. And a host of other energy assistance programs are run. Learn about weatherization, cash grants, and other Tennessee utility assistance programs. Case managers from the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency are committed to helping people overcome poverty and their financial challenges. Phone (931) 528-1127.

Steven's Street Baptist Church Care Center only covers the greater Putnam County area. Call (931) 520-4881. They may be able to provides utility bill payment assistance to individuals and families in the county.

Trinity Outreach Center also offer help with paying energy bills. You can only contact this center at most twice over your lifetime. The center provides utility bill payment assistance as available to Putnam County residents in need of help. Algood Tennessee. Dial (931) 537-9814

Salvation Army of Cookeville - The regional non-profit can help low income families and others, such as senior citizens and children, address their basic needs. Several emergency assistance programs and basic needs can be met. While financial aid for paying rent or utilities is limited, that is an option. Other support includes free food, Christmas assistance, clothing, and shelter. More on emergency assistance Putnam County Salvation Army.

Cookeville Office of Tennessee Housing Development Agency - They run the section 8, HUD-funded rental assistance program. Aid may be offered for extremely and very low income residents and families. The resident of the apartment will need to pay between 30 and 40% of their monthly income for their rent and utilities and the government subsidizes the balance. Address is 1525 E. Spring St, # A Cookeville, Tennessee 38506, phone - (931) 520-0608.





Food pantries

Trinity Outreach Center runs a food pantry. Free groceries, government commodities, meals, and even goods like clothing may be offered. 235 Main St., Cookeville, Tennessee 38506, (931) 537-9814

Putnam County Helping Hands, 39 Fleming Street, Cookeville, TN 38502, telephone (931) 526-3838

Bread of Life Homeless Shelter and Clinic, (931) 707-0503

New Hope Baptist Church operates a free Food Bank. Referrals and other support may be provided. Address is 311 North Murray Street, Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562, call (931) 268-2172. Free boxes of food are available to the community in need of help.

Steven's Street Baptist Church Care Center is in Cookeville. Call (931) 520-4881 for information and assistance.

Putnam County health care centers

The Upper Cumberland Primary Care Clinic mostly focuses on Veterans. Regardless of your income, it provides free primary health care services to veterans and military personnel in the surrounding community, including Putnam County. It can help the uninsured as well. 1101 Neal St., Cookeville, TN, 38501, dial (931) 525-1651.





Bread of Life Homeless Medical Clinic can also assist the poor and uninsured. The location is 281 W Fourth St., Crossville, Tennessee 38555. Phone (931) 707-0503


By Jon McNamara

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