Families First - Resources for Struggling Families

The links below will give you information on getting help with bills and food when you have money trouble.


Statewide Social Services Resources

Department of Human Services (DHS)

Families First is Tennessee's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. It is a workforce development and employment program. You can apply for Families First or get more information about this program at your local DHS office.

Statewide Social Services Resources

211 Tennessee - United Way

For help by phone, dial 211 for Tennessee’s community services help line or visit the 211 website.

Kid Central

Kid Central is a one-stop shop for Tennessee families to connect with important information and resources provided by Tennessee state departments.


 Legal Information: Booklets

Money problems: Booklets on how to get help

This link will take you to the Legal Aid Society website. The website will have many links to information on getting money help. You can find the booklets by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Programs For Help in Memphis

This booklet from Memphis Area Legal Services will tell you about programs and resources for help in Memphis.


Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee

This resource contains standard court forms that are approved for all counties of Tennessee. If you need help filing one of these forms, you can ask a lawyer in your area.

Legal Advice:

TN Free Legal Answers

If you are in Tennessee, the website, Free Legal Answers,  allows you to ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue at no cost.  It is fast and easy, and all you need is a computer. This is a FREE service for people who cannot afford a lawyer. 

How it works: 

  • You will answer a few questions to see if you qualify for their service. If you qualify, you will have the option to create an account.
  • If you are eligible, you will then ask their volunteer attorneys your non-criminal legal question.
  • Once your question receives a response, you will get an email. You will need to sign into the website to read your response and ask any additional questions.

Visit https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/ to sign up.

Find Representation:

Statewide Directory

The Statewide Directory provides information regarding Legal Aid Attorneys and other agencies by county in Tennessee.

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