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Emergency Funds

COVID-19 Relief

If you have lost wages from a layoff or reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for relief from the following funds:

TN TANF Emergency Cash Assistance for those impacted by COVID-19
Provides up to two months of cash assistance for those employed as of March 11, 2020 who have lost at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic and whose household includes a child under 18 or a pregnant woman. Please see eligibility guidelines on the website.

Unemployment Benefits
Available to those who are unemployed through no fault of their own, have a qualifying base period of wages, and are able and available for work.

Memphis Food Industry Worker Assistance
For service industry workers in Memphis impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
Basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) available for music industry professionals. Initial grant requests can be made up to $1,000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.

Mutual Aid Hub
A list of Mutual Aid Networks and community support projects around the United States

National Domestic Workers Alliance - Coronavirus Care Fund
Support for in-home care workers, nannies, and housecleaners during the coronavirus. Qualifying applicants who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic can receive $400 in emergency assistance from the fund.

One Fair Wage Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
Cash assistance for restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more.

PEN America Writer's Emergency Fund
Assistance for eligible professional writers (fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists).

PenFed COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program
Grant relief for 1 month of payment (up to $1,500) for rent, mortgage, auto payment, or utilities. available to eligible veterans, and current active-duty service members, reserves, and National Guard.

Scholly COVID-19 Student Relief Fund
Up to $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses during the pandemic.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program
Direct assistance for short-term needs for those employed by restaurants or bars who face unforeseen expenses and event.

USBG National Charity Foundation Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Emergency relief for bartenders and their families who have experienced a catastrophic event. You do not need to be a USBG member to apply for a grant.

Local Emergency Funds

Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund
Provides small grants to UofM students in financial need.

MIFA Emergency
Phone: 901.527.0208
Location: 910 Vance Ave, Memphis, TN 38126

Memphis, Light, Gas & Water (MLGW)
Offers payment and assistance programs, as well as extension policies.
Phone: 901-544-6549
Location: 220 South Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

Modest Needs
A non-profit organization that accepts online application for modest one-time financial assistance.
Phone: 844.667.3776

Neighborhood Christian Center Memphis
Phone: 901.881.6013
Location: 785 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38107

Shelby County Community Services Agency
Provides assistance with bill and rent payments for low income homes, as well as up to $600 until funds are exhausted.
Phone: 901.222.4315
Location: 3772 S Hickory Ridge Mall #516 Memphis, TN 38115

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Works with up to a dozen local churches across the county to provide financial assistance for residents of Memphis.
Phone: 901.722.4703 or 901.274.2137
Email: svdpmemphis1306@gmail.com
Location: 3522 Carnes Ave, Memphis, TN 38111