Last Updated on September 13, 2023 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.