Using local County funds, the
Emergency Assistance Program provides temporary assistance to
residents of Hamilton County outside the city of Chattanooga.
The program provides emergency assistance to low-income
households that have experienced short term setbacks such as
loss of job, death of breadwinner, etc. The program provides one
time assistance with rent/mortgage, utility bills, food and
prescriptions. Applications are screened and employment, income,
bills, etc. are verified to determine need. Eligibility
requirements limit income to 125% or less of Federal Poverty
Guidelines. Assistance may be requested no more than once per
ongoing six-month period, not to exceed $500 per family in any
given fiscal year. (Maximum assistance limits applicable
depending on the service rendered). An emergency is
comprehensively defined by the program as temporary, unexpected,
sudden, uncontrollable, critical to safety, and verifiable.
FAQ's for Emergency
1. How do I qualify
to receive services?
Temporary emergency assistance
for people in a crisis situation (i.e. loss of job, layoff,
illness) based on the last 30 days
Eligibility: Hamilton County
resident outside the City of Chattanooga
Resident of Hamilton County for at least 90 days
Low income (gross before taxes) based on federal guidelines
2. What services do you provide?
Assistance with Past Due Utilities (past first due date) and
Rent/Mortgage (15+ days late), Food and Prescriptions.
3. Can I schedule an appointment or
pick up application/rent packet?
No, not until a
telephone prescreen is performed to determine eligibility.
4. How do I get services?
(1) Call 209-6855 (DO NOT WALK IN) for telephone prescreen
to determine eligibility and receive an appointment. (2)
Personal appointment interview to verify eligibility information
given over the telephone.