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Transitional housing assistance programs Tennessee.

Residents in Tennessee have several short term, transitional housing resources available to them as well as emergency homeless shelters for short term stay. Most of the assistance is focused on families facing imminent eviction, households that have been foreclosed on and there are also other programs are for the long term homeless. Clients will get a place to stay as well as receive assistance in locating a new, permanent home.

The non-profit agencies, churches as well as charities realize that there may be an underlying cause to why someone was evicted. So case management will be offered to address the root cause and to also break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Clients will be able to work with a specialist on finding a job in Tennessee, applying for government benefits or low income housing, and obtain other support. Also explore other options such as section 8 housing vouchers in TN or public units.

In addition, locations may take a pro-active approach to dealing with homelessness. So if you are behind on your rent and facing imminent eviction, these non-profits or charities may be able to enroll you into a transitional housing program to provide you time to regain stability. Call an agency or organization for more information.

There are local programs as well. Residents of Shelby and Davidson County Tennessee have agencies and charities that focus just on those regions. Housing, shelters, and other support is provided.

Bristol Apartments - Froniter Health
2951 Broad St.
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
(423) 968-2612
Transitional housing is available for adults and seniors with mental illnesses. Residents can also get support with daily living skills.




Buffalo Valley Inc. - Homeless No More

  • 501 Park Ave S, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462, dial (931) 796-2766
  • 554 2nd Ave. N, Lewisburg, TN 37091, (931) 359-3052

The non-profit  provides short term housing for veterans. In addition, case managers will help them find permanent housing and jobs in Tennessee. Also get information on government benefits, programs to help pay rent for your new home, and other aid.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee - Elizabeth's Homes - Transitional Supportive Housing

  • 119 Dameron Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917, (865) 971-3570
  • 703 East Jackson St, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659, (423) 753-3001
  • 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman, TN 37748, (865) 748-4070
  • Samaritan Place, 3009 Lake Brook Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37909, (865) 684-1880

Families facing imminent eviction and the homeless can get housing assistance. People who use the Catholic Charity programs need to pay a portion of their income for their rent and housing costs, so this is a subsidized unit. The goal of any Catholic Charity transitional housing program is to help facilitate movement of the families to permanent homes or apartments. Individuals also need to gain employment or complete job training or school and have a self-sufficiency plan.

Chattanooga Community Kitchen and Homeless Shelter
727 E 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Call 756-4222





Chattanooga Rescue Mission
Address: 1512 S. Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
Clothing, emergency shelter, meals, and other support is provided.

Child and Family Transitional Housing Program for Women
901 East Summit Hill Dr
Knoxville, TN 37915
Main phone - (865) 637-8000

Cookeville Rescue Mission
1331 S Jefferson
Cookeville, Tennessee 38503
Telephone - (931) 528-5819
The site has a 30-day transitional shelter for men. Other services include a dental clinic and free meals.

Coordinated Charities of Athens
1217 A Congress Parkway
Athens, TN 37371
Dial 745-9625 for intake.
In addition to housing, funds for paying rent, security deposits, and other financial aid is offered.

230 N. Highland Park
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Samaritan Center
Main number is 9231 Lee Highway
Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363
The non-profit is a community-supported social services agency. It offers emergency assistance for expenses and needs such as clothing, food, utilities, furniture, medicine, and rent. A thrift store, shelter, and other resources are offered too.

Family Housing & Learning Center
717 E. 11th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 756-4222

Family Promise-ESG-CRHC
Main address is 1184 Baldwin Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Call 756-3891 for intake
Shelter and short term housing for families with children and single parents. Other services available include free meals, assistance in securing a permanent housing unit, furniture, employment and job training.





Family Promise of Blount County
1633 Louisville Road
Alcoa, TN 37701
Call the Temporary Shelter Program at (865) 233-4737

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
1184 Baldwin Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Family Promise of Knoxville
313 Harley Road
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone number is (865) 584-2822

Fortwood Center, Inc.
Main address - 1028 E 3rd Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Housing and treatment for residents facing substance abuse, short-term stress, anxiety, family problems, and other mental illness.

Haven of Rest Rescue Mission
624 Andeson St
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
Main phone number is (423) 968-2011

Health Care - VIP
717 E 11th Street, P O Box 1746
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Main number is 265-5708

Her Faith Ministries
3396 Park Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 324-3705
The non-profit offers housing for homeless women with children and for single women. This is a faith-based program which also offers food, case management, clothing, transportation, low cost housing and other assistance for homeless women and the recently evicted.

Home Run-CRITI
230 N. Highland Park
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Hope Haven Ministries
670 Dale St.
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
(423) 246-6012
A transient program coordinates short term, temporary shelter for the homeless and also transient individuals, the disabled and pregnant women. Job search assistance, diapers, referrals, and more is offered.







Housing Opportunities and People Enterprises - Rapid Re-Housing
641 Baker Hwy
Huntsville, TN 37756
Telephone - (423) 663-3818
The services can assist clients experiencing homelessness or eviction. Staff will work to quickly rehouse and stabilize clients and help them pay the rent going forward.

We Care Community Services
1300 S Railroad Street
Dayton, TN 37321
Main phone number is 775-1000

Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise
Location - 601 Holston St.
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
Call (423) 246-6500 for intake.
Free shelter and meals are offered by the congregation and its churches. Also get help in applying for other government benefits and comprehensive services. This includes Health Department, D.S.S., job training, free legal aid, education, various counseling, housing, job placement, referral services, child care, and more.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries
418 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
Call (865) 673-6540

Lighthouse Mission Ministries - Residential Substance Abuse Program
3630 Jackson Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38108
Main phone - (901) 382-8106

Chattanooga Rescue Mission
924 E 8th Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Emergency homeless shelter, clothing, chapel, case management, and more is available.

Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc.
(615) 860-0003
This organization coordinates transitional housing for domestic violence victims and their children. Also access ongoing case management, credit repair and budgeting to work towards long term, permanent housing.





New Transitions, Inc.
Location is 698 Cheyenne Blvd.
Madison, Tennessee 37115
Telephone - (615) 810-9851

New Visions (SRO)
300 E 8th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Main number is 755-2704

Location - 207 Spears Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 756-7644 x154

Regeneration Outreach for Women
Address: 513 Airport Rd.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Telephone - (423) 362-0991
Provides transitional housing, referrals, and more.

Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center - Oak Ridge - Children & Youth Mental Health Services
240 W Tyrone Road
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
(865) 482-1076
Transitional housing is an option for persons and families with psychological disorders, Tennessee residents who are homeless and those that need assistance in finding a more stable home environment.

Salvation Army
There are several centers in the state. Most offer some type of emergency homeless shelter, rent, or housing assistance. Some have motel vouchers as well, or help single moms or women who are leaving a violent home. Transitional housing is for clients that need to maintain full-time employment, save money and work towards personal goals, and pay a minimal amount of rent for housing. Participants of a Salvation Army program will have a place to stay, meals and support of their staff.

  • 800 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403, telephone 756-1023
  • 409 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917, (865) 525-9401

Samaritan House - CADAS
207 Spears Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37405





Second Step Family Crisis Center - Joy House Transitional Housing
PO BOX 281
Ripley, Tennessee 38063
(731) 635-2138
Coordinates workshops on social responsibility, faith-based traditional home and also access to independent living for homeless individuals and families for up to a year. Provides job interview techniques, job readiness workshops with computer classes, information on appropriate dress, resume preparation and behavior on the job, and other employment skills.

Shelter Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
1184 Baldwin Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Telephone number is 756-3891
Homeless families with children can receive shelter, free meals, and assistance in securing housing, furniture, job training and employment.

Shelter plus Care-Fortwood-City vouchers
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Dial 266-6751

Shepherd's Arms Rescue Mission, Inc.
Alton Park -St.Elmo General Area
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Call 821-8363
Transitional housing facilities and emergency shelter for women and children.

Interfaith Homeless Network
Main address is 1184 Baldwin Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Telephone number 756-3891
Transitional housing, shelter, and more. Other assistance includes meals and assistance in securing housing, transportation, clothing, furniture, employment and training.

Temporary Cold Weather Shelter
Location of the unit is 727 E 11th Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Emma Wheeler- Transitional Housing for Women
Chattanooga, TN 37401

Shepherd's Arms
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416
Dial 821-8363
The site serves as a transitional housing shelter for women and children.





Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability
1225 S Willow Ave
Cookeville, TN 38506
Main number is (866) 836-6678
The non-profit community action agency offers transitional shelter and housing to homeless individuals and families. Case managers also work with clients to assist them in finding permanent housing and assists with accessing supportive services such as financial literacy and learning skills.

YMCA - Knoxville
420 W Clinch Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
(865) 523-6126
Offers assistance to senior citizens, women, and the homeless.

By Jon McNamara

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