Tennesseans can get emergency cash assistance 10-15 days after approved


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —(UPDATE 4/6/20)

A new hotline number has been set up for families needing emergency assistance amid job loss due to COVID-19.

Applicants cancall 833-496-0661to learn about the status of their claim from the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.

Emergency Cash Assistance is now open for residents to apply for up to $1,000 a month, for two months. This applies for families that were employed as of March 11 and have lost a job or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Applicants can and upload verification to the form. Applicants don't need to call DHS for an interview. They will be mailed a response and if approved, applicants should receive EBT cards in 10-15 days.

Funds are being made available through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and is in addition to any unemployment benefits a family may be receiving.

Here's the breakdown of what's provided:

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

Eligibility:

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 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 $2000, 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.

Click HERE to apply.

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