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Sevier County assistance programs.

Get information on which agencies and government programs to contact for help with paying bills, rent, and other financial assistance in Sevierville as well as the greater Sevier County Tennessee area.

Find emergency help for bills, rent, and other expenses

Sevier County Neighborhood Center - Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority - This non-profit may have limited financial aid to provide for rent and mortgage assistance. They provide limited emergency assistance for the low income in the area. In addition, the non-profit agency operates the government LIHEAP program which has three components for the low income, elderly, and the disabled. They include emergency assistance for utility disconnect notices, summer cooling bills, and regular ongoing reimbursements for heating expenses. The cooling and heating programs provide one time payments for assistance once per year. Sevierville Tennessee (865) 453-7131

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, phone number (865) 908-3153, can help Sevier County residents pay their rent. They also provide vouchers that can be used to pay utility bills and prevent a disconnection of service.

Fort Sanders Sevier County Senior Center & Office on Aging - Seniors who are aged 60 are older may be able to get assistance from this non-profit. They do not offer financial aid, but rather other programs for the elderly and the community. Call (865) 453-8080

Salvation Army - Sevier County Tennessee provides emergency assistance and grants for paying cooling and utility bills.  Assistance is available once per year up to $50 maximum. Other services may be offered in the city of Sevierville as well, ranging from transitional housing to free holiday programs, and the agency may have information on government grant programs for certain bills or paying rent. Call (865) 908-4010, or find more details.

Sevier County Food Ministries - While they do not offer money or financial aid, it does provide free food and groceries on a weekly basis for families and individuals who come to the local distribution center and state their need for help. They also have a thrift store on site. Sevierville TN (865) 428-5182





ETHRA, or East Tennessee Human Resources Agency, provides help across the Sevier County area as well. Qualified low income or elderly families can get information on LIHEAP utility bill assistance, government programs such as Head Start or weatherization, and food pantries. Other referrals may be provided too, including to job training. Read East Tennessee Human Resources Agency services.

Free foreclosure counseling

Legal Aid of East Tennessee can not only provide pro-bono legal services for a variety of civil legal problems, but they also provides a certified foreclosure counselor who can provide information on various government programs (both federal and Tennessee) and offer services and foreclosure programs that are only offered by government agencies as well as private and community organizations that might be able to assist persons being foreclosed on in the community. Dial (865) 637-0484, or click here for more information.

Sevier County community action agency

The local Sevier County Tennessee Community action agency is Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. They have a mission of helping the low income in the community and ensure they become self-sufficient.

The main program offered is the The Neighborhood Service Centers, which is funded primarily by the federal funded Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). They also run the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through the Tennessee Department of Human Services.




The Centers, which are located throughout the county, provide emergency services in the form of vouchers for limited help with paying rent and mortgage, funds to prevent evictions, money to address utility disconnect notices and they can provide free food. Some loan programs may also be provided for housing programs or rental needs. They also distribute USDA Surplus Commodity food to the low income and needy, provide job placement services, and provide limited home visits and errands for elderly and disabled clients in the area.

Other programs run include Head Start, Child Care, and education programs. Call the Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. at (423) 587-4500.


By Jon McNamara

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