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Emergency cash available to qualifying families which lost work due to COVID-19

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
Beginning 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying online for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11 and they’ve lost employment or at least half of their earned income as a result of the pandemic.
Multiple requirements must be met to qualify for the money.
“We know the next few months are going to be a challenge for families across our state who unexpectedly lost a job through no fault of their own,” said state DHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “This emergency cash assistance will provide families with the temporary resources they need to support themselves during what we hope will be a short time away from their jobs. Helping families through this emergency is how we continue building a thriving Tennessee.”
All Tennessee Department of Human Services offices are currently operating on appointment only as a precaution for COVID-19. During this time, the department is asking applicants to complete the application process for emergency cash assistance online at
Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to DHS.
The department said that once the application and verifications have been submitted, no further action will be needed. Applicants do not need to call the DHS office for an interview.
Applicants should receive a notification of denial or approval via email within five days. If approved, applicants can expect an electronic benefit transfer or EBT card to be sent within five to seven days of approval via mail.
DHS said two monthly cash payments will be made to qualifying families. This money is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:
•$500 for a household of one to two persons.
•$750 for a household of three to four persons.
•$1,000 for a household with five or more persons.
This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.
To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11 but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, must not have resources exceeding $2,000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the state’s median income that’s currently:
•Gross monthly income of $2,696 for a household of one.
•Gross monthly income of $3,526 for a household of two.
Gross monthly income of $4,356 for a household of three.
•Gross monthly income of $5,185 for a household of four.
•Gross monthly income of $6,015 for a household of five.


  1. Robert hodges on March 25, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I’m supposed to have an phone interview but loosing my phone tomorrow and still have a couple things to get I can’t because of closures

  2. Brandi L Sharber on April 16, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Its been over 5 days and still no email.

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