Rental assistance in Knox County Tennessee.

Several programs and resources can help low income Knox County families pay their rent. Emergency assistance programs can help make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without some form of financial assistance. Many of the rent payment assistance programs available in Knox County Tennessee may have limited funding. In addition, age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements will often need to be met by applicants seeking help.

Some agencies focus on eviction prevention. This can be slightly different in that they offer programs that provide both monetary assistance and advice for people who are being evicted. Agencies can support those who are either wrongfully evicted as well as those who are behind on their rent and are facing eviction from their apartments or other rental property.

What can be provided to these tenants includes free legal aid, or maybe funds to pay a security deposit on a new low income home or apartment. Most of the non-profits in Knox County also offer additional services that attempt to prevent eviction and possible homelessness by providing landlord/tenant mediation services to try to find a solution to the problem.

If someone has no other options and needs to find a new home or apartment, then low income or subsidized housing units can be located in Knox County.

Knox County Community Action Committee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921
Phone number - (865) 524-3345
Provides limited financial assistance for rent payments. Of course any applicant must be a resident of Knox County Tennessee. Applicants to the agency can only be assisted at most once every 18 months.

Knoxville Ladies of Charity
120 West Baxter
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Dial (865) 474-9348
Limited amounts of rental payment assistance is offered. Since funding is very limited from the charity, in some cases, a loan is issued for rental deposits to low income families or seniors.





Knoxville County – Knox Community Action Committee - Neighborhood Centers
There are several branches of this center around Knox County. The non-profit provides a number of financial assistance programs, referrals, and services to help people get out of poverty. Get information on rental assistance, section 8 housing vouchers, and other government aid.
2247 Western Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37921, Telephone number is (865) 524-3345
4200 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37914, (865) 546-5125
7028 Maynardville Highway, Knoxville, TN 37918, (865) 925-0880
522 Old Maryville Pk, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920, (865) 577-7591
Other support may be arranged as well for low income tenants and/or families. Learn more on rent help from Knox Community Action.

Volunteer Ministry Center
Main address - 511 N Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
Dial (865) 673-0235

Navy - Marine Corps Relief Society
Address - 5722 Integrity Dr.
Millington, TN 38054
Phone number - (901) 874-7350
Military members, veterans, and their immediate family members can apply for temporary financial assistance for rent and energy expenses, among other bills. Also get referrals to VA benefits, medical care, and federal government grants.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
4219 Hillsboro Road Suite 306
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Housing assistance offered to MS patients may include mortgage and rent payment assistance as well as Home Barrier Removal Grants.

AIDS Response Knoxville
Knoxville, TN - 37919
Offers support, including housing/rent assistance, for individuals with HIV and AIDs.




Catholic Charities of East Tennessee - Elizabeth's Homes
119 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Telephone - (865) 971-3570
The Knox County Catholic Charities offers a number of social services, including transitional housing, shelter, and case management and advice.

TN Opportunity Programs
437 Nissan Dr., Suite 502
Smyrna, TN 37167
Financial assistance, including rent, is offered to migrant/seasonal farm workers only. They may offer no interest loans for housing costs.
Other locations are at P.O. Box 12263, Knoxville, TN 37912, (865) 281-8677

Independent Living Program
6800 Baum Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone number - (865) 374-7272
Call them to learn about, and apply for, various public and government assistance programs, including those offered by the federal government and state of Tennessee.

Rockwood Village Apartments
Primary address is 601 S. Chamberlain Avenue
Rockwood, Tennessee 37854
(865) 354-3945
This agency runs Low Income/Subsidized rental housing for qualified individuals and families.

Knoxville Community Development Department
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901
(865) 2152120
The federal government created the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This resource can provide funds for paying rent, security deposits, moving costs, and some energy expenses too. Credit counseling and case management services are provided at the same time as financial assistance.

Community Action Committee - Homeward Bound - Project Succeed
2247 Western Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
Dial (865) 546-3500
Case Management services and referrals.





CDC - Section 8 - Housing Choice Voucher Program
Main office address is 400 Harriet Tubman St
Knoxville, TN 37915
(865) 403-1258
The non-profit administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. This is funded by the federal government HUD agency. A voucher will in effect limit the amount of income that a client needs to pay towards their rent. There is often a waiting list for this housing program.

Charitable and government eviction prevention programs can offer rental arrears assistance or funds for paying critical energy bills. For the homeless in the community, they can seek government grants for paying a security deposit or apply for motel vouchers. A number of other housing programs help with certain expenses, such as rent or legal aid. More on eviction help in Knox County.

Knox County Housing Authority - Housing Choice Voucher Program
6333 Pleasant Ridge Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921
(865) 594-1455
Another location to call for information on rental assistance, housing vouchers, and other aid. In addition, Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing units can be facilitated.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries
Main address 418 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 633-7654
Can provide guidance to the homeless, including referrals to security deposit assistance or shelters. Some food and meals may be offered along with shelter.

Knox County Legal Aid
Main office is 502 S Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Call (865) 637-0484
Attorneys offer free assistance to tenants with eviction or pay or quit notices. They can also help resolve legal disputes over back rent due to landlords and discrimination as well as help on section 8 applications.

Salvation Army Centers
Location is 409 N Broadway St,
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
(865) 525-9401
Case management can include referrals to government grants for paying rent, transitional housing, funds for utilities, emergency shelter, and other support.





Riverbirch Village - Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing
7236 Oak Ridge Highway
Knoxville, TN 37931
Call the center at (865) 692-2009

Virginia Walker Apartments - Low-Income and Public housing
Knox County Housing Authority
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921
Dial the agency at (865) 594-1455


By Jon McNamara

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