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Assistance programs Williamson County and Franklin Tennessee.

Find a number of charities, churches, and government DHS social service agencies that offer emergency financial help or free basic needs. Struggling families, or individuals, can get help with paying their electric bill or rent, or maybe a free bag of food to feed their kids. Other assistance in Williamson County ranges from clothes to budget and debt counseling, job programs, back to school supplies fore students and free transportation.

Williamson County families can also look into healthcare resources, as too many families are uninsured. Find free eye exams near you or prescription drugs. Or learn about other resources for children, ranging from CHIP medical care to free Christmas gifts. A sampling of resources is below.

Find resources to help with bills, food, basic needs and expenses in Willamson County TN

Well Outreach is based at 5226 Main Street / Suite C-5, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174. Phone number is (615) 320-9355. At this time the non-profit only provide food assistance and not utility assistance. They serve clients that reside in the areas of Spring Hill, Thompsons Station, and College Grove.

GraceWorks Ministries, Inc. only runs programs for Williamson County. Assistance programs are available that make rental payments for low income or struggling people who are at risk of eviction without any form of financial assistance. A number of income, age, disability, need or other requirements are in place in order to qualify for a grant.

Some money may also be offered for paying electric bills too. Other resources from the ministry include diapers and formula from Little Angels and Christmas help. 104 Southeast Parkway, # 100, Franklin, TN 37064, main number is (615) 794-9055, or continue with GraceWorks Ministry programs.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is the leading non-profit agency for Williamson County. Their resources and services are listed below.

  • Self-Sufficiency Program – Will focus on low-income families, and help them both establish and meet goals that eliminate causes of poverty and promote self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

  • Taxes – Receive both free help in preparing income taxes, as well as free electronic filing of both state and federal income-tax returns.
     
  • Emergency Financial Services Program – Housing, utility, and rental costs can be addressed from this resource. The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency may be able to provide counseling as well as financial assistance to those who need emergency help with paying for their housing, utility, and cooling bill costs.
     
  • Medications and supplies are offered from the Medical-Support Program. Aid is provided for those people who do not have prescription drug insurance coverage. Read more on free prescription drug programs.
     
  • LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home-Energy Assistance Program, can help with paying heating and cooling costs. An emergency or crisis assistance program is also available for vulnerable households. LIHEAP can pay all of the utility bills of people whose utilities have been or are at risk of being shut off or disconnected, provided they meet age and income requirements.
     
  • Head Start and Early Head Start is offered for children 5 and younger. There are comprehensive development services as well as other social services provided to children as well as their families and parent. A focus is on improving a child’s educational, physical, social, emotional and cognitive behavior.
     
  • Weatherization Program can help people lower their home-energy costs and bills through the installation of proper building materials such as insulation, which improve energy conservation and efficiency. Senior citizens, low-income families, and the disabled can apply for this efficiency program.

 

 

 

 

  • The Transportation Program can even provide money for the down-payment on a car. This financial assistance program is for participants who purchase a reliable, used automobile to get back and forth to a job interview or work. Also, if you need minor automobile repairs required to keep vehicle in working condition then financial assistance may be provided for repairs too. Read more on on car repairs.
     
  • Housing Program includes repair assistance for septic systems, construction of wheelchair ramps, as well as providing safe water supply.
     
  • Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs include non-perishable food and grocery items to eligible people and families through a partnership with the Tennessee Emergency Food Assistance Program as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It also assists people with reducing their food and grocery expenses by teaching them how to grow gardens, and offers them education on using resources such as food stamps.

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is located at 129 W. Fowlkes St., Ste 139, Franklin, Tennessee 37064, phone (615) 790-5786. A number of other social services are offered. Continue with assistance from MCCAA.

Franklin area and Williamson County wide emergency rental assistance programs are available. Not only may grants and other forms of financial support be able to stop an eviction, but agencies also operate homeless shelters, offer loans, provide free legal aid to tenants, and more. Find help paying rent in Williamson County.

Franklin Housing Authority is involved in low income housing programs. The offices can help people sign up for section 8 vouchers (when there is not a waiting list) and offer other support. Locations provide information about Williamson County subsidized housing properties, distribute rental certificates and vouchers, and work with and administer public housing communities. The address is 200 Spring St., Franklin, TN 37064, dial (615) 794-1247.

Free Christmas and other holiday assistance programs can help the low income. Families with children, seniors, and the disabled can receive assistance ranging from free hot meals to gifts for children and infants. The registration period usually occurs during October of each year, so apply early. Read free holiday assistance Williamson County.

Regional Command of the Salvation Army covers Williamson County too. There are several services, financial aid programs, case management resources and more. Examples of what may be offered by the regional command include:

  • Funds to pay bills such as air conditioning, heat, water, utility, rent, prescription drugs, groceries and more.
  • Summer camps for students, homecare for seniors, or Meals on Wheels.
  • Shelter, transitional housing, and drug and alcohol abuse help.
  • Free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, Thanksgiving meals, School supplies or backpacks, and furniture.
  • Other aid is offered too. Continue with Salvation Army Williamson County assistance programs.

 

 

 

 

Legal Aid Society - The Middle Tennessee organization helps people access free, or affordable, legal assistance. Civil matters are handled, ranging from housing discrimination to utility disconnection and evictions, among other issues. Click more information on free lawyers and legal aid in Davidson County area.

Williamson County DHS is at 203 Beasley Dr B, Franklin, TN 37064. This is the public assistance office. Low income families can apply for SNAP food stamps, cash aid, Medicaid for health care and more. There are both state and federal government assistance programs. Call (615) 790-5500

Food pantries, free meals and grocery programs

The Well Food Pantry – Only covers the areas of Maury and Williamson Counties, (College Grove (zip code 37046), Columbia (38401), Spring Hill (37174), Thompson Station (37179), and Santa Fe TN (zip 38482). Can only offer food for up to one week. 1001 Chapman's Crossing, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174, phone (615) 302-9355. Click here for additional Tennessee free food banks.

Farmers Markets in Williamson County also take food stamps (in particular during the Spring, Summer and Fall months). This allows low income families to get fresh fruits, vegetables, and produce items. Learn more on SNAP food stamps from Farmer markets.

Heartland Baptist Church Food Pantry is only open Monday afternoons. Provide a small amount of food or groceries to those in need of immediate help. The food bank is at 307 E. Jefferson Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, dial (615) 890-3834

Food Pantry at GraceWorks Ministries, Inc. Address is 104 Southeast Parkway # 100, Franklin, Tennessee 37064, phone (615) 794-9055. Food assistance programs that acquire food and grocery products through canned food drives, donations, and other food bank programs or direct purchase and distribute the food to low income families and people who are in emergency situations.

As far as the immediate region of Williamson County Tennessee, there are other agencies that provide food, including pantries and soup kitchens. It is often for solving an emergency. There may also be special needs met, such as for baby formula or free holiday meals. Long term support can also be arranged too, which may be applications to SNAP food stamps in Tennessee and job placement. Locate additional free food pantries in Williamson County.

Williamson County health care and free clinics

Prohealth Franklin Community Care Clinic offers General Primary Care. This includes adult medicine, gynecology, diagnostic lab, immunization services, emergency, as well as health education. Or learn about pediatric or geriatric medical care, internal medicine, prescriptions, screenings, and other care to the uninsured and underserved in Williamson County Tennessee. 1325 W Main St, Franklin, Tennessee 37064, dial (615) 591-4750.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are free dental clinics across Tennessee as well - some of which are in Williamson County. The low income, uninsured, and indigent (among others). There may be free tooth cleanings for adults or children. Or get extractions, root canals as well as other care. Or find free sliding fee dental clinics in TN.

 

By Jon McNamara

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