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Rental assistance in Knox County Tennessee.

Find financial help for low income Knox County families to assist with their rent or housing costs as well as avoid eviction. Emergency rental assistance programs from charities, churches or the government can help make immediate payments for people who are at risk of homelessness without some form of support. Also find free legal aid to stop evictions, details on low-income housing in Knoxville TN, security deposit help for low income housing and more.

Many of the rent payment assistance programs available in Knoxville Tennessee may have limited funding. A major goal is to help the elderly, disabled, and families with children (including single moms). In addition, age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements will often need to be met by applicants seeking help with rent.

Some Knoxville agencies focus on eviction prevention. This can be slightly different in that they offer programs that provide both monetary assistance (including grants) and advice, including legal. 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 home.

What can be provided to these tenants includes free legal aid, loans, 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.

Get help with rent, security deposits in Knoxville TN and housing assistance

Knoxville County as well as 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 as well as find (or maintain) housing. Get information on rental assistance, section 8 housing vouchers, security deposit help or funds for moving, 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. In general, the centers provide limited financial assistance for past due 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. Learn more on rent help from Knox Community Action.

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.

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.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee - Samaritan Place and Elizabeth's Homes
The Knox County Catholic Charities offers a number of social services, including transitional housing, shelter, and case management as well as advice. There may be referrals to grant money for paying rent or homeless prevention resources.

  • 3009 Lake Brook Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37909. Dial (865) 684-1880.
  • Another site is at 119 Dameron Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Telephone -865-524-989 or  (865) 971-3570





Independent Living Program
6800 Baum Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
They only help people with mental health challenges. 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.

SVDP of Knoxville and Knox County
Society of St. Vincent de Paul parishes try to help the poor, homeless, seniors and less fortunate. Emergency funds may be offered for rent or energy. Or learn about free furniture programs, motel vouchers, and other resources - all of which are limited. More on assistance form St. Vincent de Paul Knox County.

Knoxville Community Development Department
400 Main St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Dial (865) 215-2120
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. Learn about government grants, landlord tenant mediation, financial help for housing (including utilities or rent) and more.

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 homeless shelter, and other support. Low income and/or struggling renters in Knox County can seek financial help for their housing needs.




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 free hotel or 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. The agency processes section 8 housing choice rent vouchers as well as public housing units. In addition, Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing units can be facilitated.

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. Call (931) 256-8526 or (865) 281-8677

National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Knox County
Housing assistance offered to MS patients and their families in Knox County. This may include mortgage and rent payment assistance as well as Home Barrier Removal Grants. Call (615) 269-9055.

AIDS Response Knoxville
Address is 1925 Ailor Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
For information on HOWPA, dial 865-525-1540
Offers support, including housing/rent assistance, for individuals with HIV and AIDs. The HOWPA program is offered.

Low income and subsidized housing in Knox County

The agencies listed below offer a combination of low income housing (some is emergency and has no waiting list) or they provide other resources. It can be a homeless shelter, emergency funds for bills or rent, transitional housing or moving cost help and more.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries
Main address 418 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Call (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.







Riverbirch Village is a Low Income Subsidized Rental Housing unit for the community.
Location is 7236 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931. Call the center at (865) 692-2009

Virginia Walker Apartments is a Low-Income and Public housing unit that also takes section 8 vouchers. They are part of the Knox County Housing Authority, Knoxville, Tennessee 37921. Dial the agency at (865) 594-1455

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


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