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Rental assistance programs Tennessee.

Find where to turn to for immediate or long term rent assistance in Tennessee. A number of agencies, including churches, charities, and the government, help low-income tenants as well as the homeless. Get grant money to help pay rent, loans, free advice from lawyers and more. Locate rent assistance programs in TN below by city and county.

The resources are wide ranging. Tenants with an eviction notice can get emergency rent help or get free legal services from an attorney. Veterans can get government grant money including SSVF for housing. There are charities, including homeless prevention services, that provide financial help to pay and and lasts months rent, as well as a security deposit, for a new apartment in TN. Other assistance is below too.

Statewide programs in TN to help with rent payments

Counties and cities are listed below. In addition to those local, community rent assistance programs in TN below, there are several that operate across the state. As government money, free legal programs and other options help reduce evictions statewide.

Salvation Army Family Services in Tennessee – There are dozens of Salvation Army locations in the state. They provide emergency financial help, including for rent or they help tenants pay their utilities. There is also housing placement, free motel vouchers and other support. Locate rent payment help from Salvation Army in TN.

Government funded eviction prevention programs – The federal government, including from HUD and FEMA, provide grant money to the state each year. The funds will help renters and homeowners who are in a hardship. The goal is to reduce evictions and rehouse the homeless. Read more on Tennessee eviction prevention for renters.

Low-income housing – Single mothers, senior citizens, people with a disability and others can get rent-subsidized homes or apartments, including those with no wait list or expedited process. The monthly cost is income based, but it will be low. More on housing for low-income people with no wait list.

Free legal aid of TN for tenants – People, or low-income households, with an eviction notice, can meet with a lawyer for free. Legal aid is offered statewide. Lawyers help people behind on their rent navigate the court system, fight evictions and more. Learn about free legal services in TN.





Rent subsidized section 8 housing – Very low-income families and people in poverty in TN can get rent help from section 8. The HUD housing choice voucher programs is for long-term needs. The monthly cost of the home, apartment, or mobile home lot is based on the families income. Learn how to apply for section 8 vouchers in TN.

Veterans in Tennessee - Veterans, whether they lease a home or apartment or if they are homeless, can get help. There are free motel vouchers, shelters, rent money from programs including SSVF, and other financial resources. More on rental assistance for veterans.

Local city, county and community rental payment agencies

Find where to get rent payment help in your local community, city or county below. The charities and churches will be focused on people in those counties. Funds are limited, but qualified families can get some money to help with paying any arrears or past due payments on their rent.

Blount County


Cleveland and Rutherford County

Columbia and Maury County

Knoxville and Knox County



Rutherford County

Sullivan County

Sumner County

Williamson County

Wilson County


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