Single Mothers Assistance in Tennessee

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by Lori Pace

These are programs offered in Tennessee that can help its residents in times of need, such as providing single mothers and needy families with assistance programs.

Tennessee assistance for single mothers

Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, a non-profit organization that helps those with Sickle Cell Disease in the Mid-South in Tennessee through mortgage assistance. Visit their website or call 901-552-4267 to check if you qualify and to learn more.

Shelby County

The Shelby County offers Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Visit their website or call 901-222-4315 to check if you qualify and to learn more.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW)

The MLGW (1852) offers a Holiday bill break, extended payment plans, net due date programs and winter moratorium. Visit their website or call 901-544-6549 to learn more.

Friends for Life

Friends for Life, a charity that aims to improve the quality of life of seniors, people with disabilities, and those without family to take care of them. They assist with budgets, balance checkbooks, assist with accessing benefits and pay bills. Visit their website or call 254-772-8100 ex 128 to learn more.

Benefits for Single Parents

Benefits, a government website that lists all federal benefits for single mothers. Search programs available to you per state. In Tennessee the programs are: Tennessee Families First, Tennessee Head Start, Tennessee Special Milk Program and Tennessee Summer Food Service. Visit the website or call 1-800-333-4636 to learn more.


SVECares, a program that provides financial assistance from donations of other SVEC members to those worthy of the assistance. Visit their website or contact them through their page.


TrentonLW collects donations from those paying their electricity bills and uses the donations to help handicapped, seniors, and other people in need with their energy costs needs. Visit their website or call 731-855-1561 to learn more.

Appalachian Power

Appalachian Power along with Dollar Energy Fund helps low-income single mothers and families with paying their electric bills. There are requirements to qualify and each state (West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee) have different requirements. Visit their website or call 1-800-956-4237 to learn more.

Athens Utilities Board

Athens Utilities Board, a non-profit organization that offers assistance in making payments through making arrangements with the customer service department. Agencies like the South East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Coordinated Charities offers other assistance. Visit their website or call 423-745-4501 to learn more.

Holston Electric

Holston Electric gives electric service to rural residents. The Project Help, a program by the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency provides one-time emergency financial assistance in the amount of $100. Visit their website or call 423-272-8821 to learn more.

Jackson Energy Authority

Jackson Energy Authority provides utilities like propane, water and internet. The Project Help, an assistance program that help qualified individuals and families in paying for utility bills. Visit their website or call 731-422-7500 to learn more.

Middle Tennessee Electric

Middle Tennessee Electric provides electricity to businesses and residential members in metropolitan Nashville. Bills are rounded up to save the extra money for those in need. Visit their website or call 877-777-9020 to learn more.

Safe Link

Safe Link Wireless, a government benefit program to qualified consumers. Proof of income must be provided to enroll. Visit their website or call 1-800-723-3546 to learn more.

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services in Tennessee has a variety of assistance programs to individuals and families. Visit their website or call 1-866-311-4287 to learn more and how to apply for benefits.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul provides assistance to those in need. A food mission is open in midtown everyday by the organization. Visit their website or call 901-722-4703 to learn more.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re in need. Help is available in Tennessee to those looking for it.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!