TDHS offers financial support to families impacted by coronavirus-related job loss

By Sherman Greer
March 30, 2020

Tennessee Department of Human Services has made emergency financial assistance available for families impacted by job loss resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Families can apply for up to two months of emergency cash assistance online at This assistance is provided in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.

What you should know

The process:

  • Applications are accepted online only (a valid email address and phone number are required)
  • Applicants will receive a response via email within 5 days
  • If approved, an electronic benefit transfer card will be sent within 5-7 days of approval
  • Applicants do not need to call DHS to schedule an interview

Who is eligible:

  • Applicants must have been employed as of March 11, 2020, and either lost employment or lost at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Must have a valid social security number
  • Must not have resources exceeding $2000
  • Gross and/or unearned monthly income may NOT exceed the following which represents 85% of the Tennessee’s median income:
    • $2,696 for a household of one
    • $3,526 for a household of two
    • $4,356 for a household of three
    • $5,185 for a household of four
    • $6,015 for a household of five

Amount available:

  • $500 for a household of 1 to 2 individuals
  • $750 for a household of 3 to 4 individuals
  • $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons

For more information on how to apply, contact the Family Assistance Service Center at 1-866-311-4287. Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at   This assistance is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or TANF, a federal workforce development and employment program emphasizing work, training, and personal responsibility. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. Existing TANF customers receiving Families First benefits will be eligible to apply for this emergency cash assistance.

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