Sullivan County Tennessee Assistance Programs.

In a financial emergency, find where to apply at for help. Local churches, charities, government assistance offices and non-profits provide everything from utility bill to rent help, grants to pay a mortgage, or free food or medical care. Low income families, the elderly, and disabled in Sullivan County can get help for their bills. They can also learn about public assistance programs.

 In addition, clients may access everything from free legal advice to dental care, job placement, and other support. there are other free items (household supplies, furniture, Christmas toys) as well as educational and job placement services. In addition, charities can even provide free meals, including at Christmas (with toys) or deliver services to the homebound in Sullivan County.

Help for unexpected and unplanned bills and expenses

Four different non-profits and charity type organizations serve Blountville and Sullivan County Tennessee. Learn about each organization below.

Bristol Faith in Action - This charity is a so called interfaith resource and referral service. So they administer their own assistance programs, and can also refer people to other local agencies and government programs. They provide material financial assistance to those in need, including help with housing expenses, food, rent assistance, essential utilities, prescription medications, bus tickets, and vouchers for gasoline. In addition, the agency also provides social, spiritual assistance, and emotional assistance. Call them at 276-466-8292.

Another option for individuals in need is People, Incorporated. This agency also helps low to moderate income families and individuals, and they can improve their lives. The agency operates over 30 different services and assistance programs, including health education, child and family education, as well as job finding services. Other resources range from low cost loans for paying bills to youth development, housing improvement, employment, financial assistance, economic development and community services. Call this non-profit at 276-466-5587.

 

 

 

 

The Sullivan County Salvation Army (phone 423-764-6156) also provides ongoing crisis and emergency assistance for individuals and/or families in the immediate area. It helps those people that are in need of rent support, shelter, meals, utility bill help, medication, or food. There are also resources for veterans only, such as local transportation and other services essential for achieving independent living and paying bills for short term solvency.

The Salvation Army provides seasonal support and case management too. Whether it is free back to school supplies or backpacks, or assistance finding a job or Christmas gifts for kids, help is offered. More on Salvation Army in Sullivan County.

Medical, dental, and health care programs

Healing Hands Health Center, Inc. is a health care clinic. It is a part of Christian ministry that provides free medical, health care, dental, chiropractic, podiatry, hearing and eye care. The organization also gives counseling to the working uninsured low-income persons of the Greater Bristol Tennessee area. Call 423-652-0260 to learn more or make an appointment. Or find free community clinics in Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

Information is available on local Sullivan County health insurance and medical bill assistance as well as national resources. Counselors or non-profits help the low income and struggling families get the care they need. There are even more innovative solutions, such as free dental school clinics for kids or adults.

Sullivan County Tennessee emergency financial assistance

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. ((423) 246-6180) is the local community action agency. They offer the following programs and more.

  • Emergency assistance - As funding allows the agency may be able to help you pay rent, energy bills, mortgage, or other critical expenses.
     
  • Energy bills - Learn about and sign up for the LIHEAP program, which was designed for low and moderate income households who are in need of assistance to help with the expense that occurs with their utility bills. The type of bills that can be paid include electric, gas, wood, coal, LP gas, kerosene, and heating oil.
     
  • Employment and money making resources - Upper East Human Development focuses on self-sufficiency. They do this using a combination of job programs, budgeting, and even income producing opportunities. As one example, read about raising money by selling plasma, so there are opportunities such as those.
     
  • Reduce energy bills - You may be eligible for the free weatherization program. It helps low income and elderly residents reduce their home heating and energy bills.
     
  • Public assistance - The local social service agency can direct individuals to government assistance. Some may be offered by the federal government, and other resources are provided by Tennessee. Programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, and other aid is offered. Learn more on Tennessee public assistance.
     
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program - This federal government funded program assists struggling families or individuals and low income families with providing for special emergency needs for such expenses as mortgage, rental, or utility bill assistance.

 

 

 

Jerusalem House is a Christian based organization that helps people of all religions and backgrounds. The charity provides help to local Sullivan County families in the form of education and training, information, advocacy referral and case management, limited food and financial assistance, counseling, and mentoring. Address is 1625 Lynn Garden Drive, Lynn Garden, Tennessee 37665, phone (423) 247-6776, or more on programs from Jerusalem House.

Colonial Heights Baptist Church provides help to needy families that live in the zip code of 37663 only. The address is 108 Colonial Heights Road, Kingsport, TN 37663. Some of the services include free disposable diapers or baby wipes as well as infant formula, housing, and rent or electric bill help. the church can be reached at (423) 239-5123 x100.

Neighborhood Service Center - Kingsport provides Utility Assistance as well as information on local housing authorities. There is also Electric Bill Service Payment Assistance, Outreach Programs, and Referrals. Even learn about a wide variety of low income assistance. Address is 301 Louis Street, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660, call 247-5149

Kingsport Salvation Army is located at 505 Dale Street, Kingsport, TN 37660, (423) 246-6671. They are a leading social service agency. Programs include congregate meals, shelter, food, and clothing. Other emergency programs can help make rental payments for people who are at risk of homelessness or eviction without some form of assistance. Other resources include a soup kitchen, temporary financial assistance, and a homeless shelter. Read more Tennessee Salvation Army.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Tommy Miller Post #4933 may have aid for military members and their families. 830 Minga Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37663, phone 323-3919

Central Baptist Church of Kingsport. They have a food pantry at 301 Carver Street, Kingsport, TN 37660, phone (423) 245-6978. The church is involved in providing bags of food for emergency situations for the needy. Meals are delivered to the homebound on Saturday. Any local resident who may need assistance needs to contact the church office for more details.

 

 

 

 

Tenants, the working poor, and vulnerable (including seniors or single mothers) can apply for emergency rent help. Sullivan County non-profits are focused on ending evictions and rehousing the homeless. They assist with past due rent, lease application fees, security deposits, and other expenses. Find help for rent in Sullivan County.

First Broad Street United Methodist Church of Kingsport can help with child care, a food pantry, clothes closet, and child or preschool care. Other assistance is provided through Carpenter's Helper or KCMC. 100 East Church Circle, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660, telephone (423) 246-4471

Sullivan County free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Holiday programs - Toys, free meals, gifts for kids, and much more is available. Struggling families can benefit from programs such as Angel Tree or Toys for Tots, and find how to apply for help. Click here free holiday help in Northeast Tennessee.

Feeding and food assistance programs - Most of these are run by pantries in Sullivan County or soup kitchens. Families, the working poor, and homeless can get either free boxes of food or even meals. Or they can use a nearby clothing closet.

There are many charities and churches that combat hunger. They include Haven of Rest (dial (423) 968-2011), Tabernacle Baptist Church in Kingsport, and about 15 other locations. Both food pantries, USDA resources and soup kitchens are all available. Find a listing of free food pantries in Sullivan County.

The federal government and state of Tennessee also provide hunger prevention programs. There are free school meals (breakfast or lunch) for kids. SNAP food stamps or EBT cards as well as WIC vouchers also help feed families in or near poverty. Other support is arranged too. Learn more about free school meals.

When it comes to other basic needs (such as clothes) then a resident can turn to a charity for help. People should inquire into a clothing bank or low cost thrift store. Using donations from the community, these centers may offer uniforms for work or school, supplies, free winter coats to children, and much more. Click here Cree clothes and school supplies Sullivan County.

 

 

 

 

Legal support and representation

If you can’t afford to pay for law advice or court costs, Legal Aid of East Tennessee (800-821-1312) is a non-profit that may help. The law firm as well as related agency provides free civil legal assistance to low income families in the area.

 

By Jon McNamara

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