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Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19


  • The Tennessee Department of Human Services has issued a new policy offering emergency cash assistance for those impacted at this time by using Families First, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), funds.

  • These funds will be up to $1,000 for a family of 5+ who qualifies and has had a loss of a job as a result of COVID-19.

  • These efforts will be up and working within one week, and we encourage Tennesseans in need to apply online when the application becomes available. For additional information, visit  https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/families-first-tanf.html

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

  • The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will extend unemployment benefits to employees who suddenly find themselves out of work as businesses temporarily cease operations during the pandemic.

  • The department is also extending unemployment benefits to those who are quarantined by a physician for COVID-19 and are temporarily away from their job.

  • The department is also working with the federal government to gain more flexibility in job search requirements.

  • The department is suspending certain regulations so those who are approved will get paid more quickly.

  • Tennesseans are encouraged to apply online at https://www.jobs4tn.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx


Tennessee is a judicial eviction state. This means that in order for your landlord to make you move out of the property you are renting, the landlord must first obtain a Court order and a valid Writ of Possession issued by the Court and carried out by local law enforcement. If your landlord tries to remove you through self-help measures (Examples: changing the locks, removing doors, turning off your utilities when they are included in your rental payments, etc.), call your local law enforcement office and tell them that you have not been taken to Court yet and your landlord is engaging in an illegal self-help eviction. Then call your local Legal Aid of East Tennessee office or complete an online application by clicking here.


Price gouging can especially be a problem during times of crisis.  To learn more how to protect yourself from price gouging and how to report it, click on the following links for information from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office.




Tornado Relief Resources Are Now Available

Whether you have been affected by the tornado or are trying to find ways to volunteer, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has resources for you.

Find resources for yourself or a family you know
Find resources for Attorneys
Take a case pro-bono
Find a free legal clinic near you

Starting 3/10/20, you can call 1-844-HELP4TN for immediate legal advice. To apply for legal assistance, please call Legal Aid Society at 1-800-238-1443 or visit www.las.org for more information.





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This free program lets you apply for help from Legal Aid of East Tennessee. We help low-income East Tennesseans, seniors, and persons with disabilities with legal issues.
If you think you are in immediate danger, call 911 right away!

If you need to contact Legal Aid of East Tennessee, you may call any of our other offices listed below:


607 W Summit Hill Dr. SW
Knoxville, TN 37902


535 Chestnut St., Ste. 360
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-4013
Toll Free (800) 572-7457 

Johnson City

311 W. Walnut St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 928-8311
Toll Free (800) 821-1312


391 Broad St. NW, Suite 202
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 303-2266
Toll Free (800) 572-7457


307 Ellis Ave.
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 981-1818


1001 W. 2nd North St.
Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 587-4850
Toll Free (800) 821-1309

Family Justice Center

(Family Violence Issues)
400 Harriet Tubman
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 215-6830

Family Justice Center

(Family Violence Issues)
5705 Uptain Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411
(423) 643-7600

Johnson City
Family Justice Center

(Family Violence Issues)
196 Montgomery St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 722-3720

Branch House
(Sullivan County)

Family Justice Center

(Family Violence Issues)
313 Foothills Dr
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 574-7233

Health Law Partnership

(Erlanger Patients)
975 E. 3rd Street, Box #375
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 778-7807

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

You may seek an Order of Protection if you are a victim of domestic abuse or violence.
Contact your county’s Circuit Court or General Sessions Court Clerk’s office.
You should also contact law enforcement.