Sullivan County Tennessee Assistance Programs.

In a financial emergency, find where to apply at for help. Local churches, charities, 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. In addition, clients may access everything from free legal advice to dental care, job placement, and other support.

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. 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, and 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 more clinics in Tennessee.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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, information on local housing authorities, Electric Bill Service Payment Assistance, Outreach Programs, and Referrals. 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 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.

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. Find a listing of food pantries in Sullivan County.

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 for information.

Legal support and representation

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


By Jon McNamara

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