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Help with rent in Rutherford County Tennessee.

Low income and struggling tenants in Rutherford County Tennessee can get help paying their rent or utility bills (to stop an eviction). There are also security deposit assistance programs, free motel vouchers, and programs that help pay for storage and/or moving costs. There may be short or long term rental assistance from the following sources:

  • Charities, churches, or government agencies in Smyrna, Murfreesboro and across Rutherford County may have emergency funds for housing.
  • Government agencies in Murfreesboro can provide free grant money from ESG or SSVF to pay back rent or deposits for rapid-rehousing.
  • Free lawyers and pro-bono firms provide landlord-tenant mediation and representation in eviction or housing court in Rutherford County.
  • Public Housing Authorities (PHA) also offer rent subsidized homes, apartments, and assistance from section 8.

Any rent help is combined with case management, budgeting, and other support. In addition, priority is often given to the elderly, disabled, veterans, or those in a short term crisis. As tenants need the ability to sustain future rent payments on their own.

Community Helpers of Rutherford County helps residents who are at imminent risk of eviction and need immediate, rental assistance. The charity is at 1020 N Highland Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Any financial aid depends on applicants meeting criteria. Call (615) 898-0617.

Barnabas Vision is based at 141 MTCS RD Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129. Call 615-556-5134 for rent, utility, and even water bill help for low income tenants.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency of Rutherford County may have grants, loans or rent vouchers. Address is 1406 W College St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Call (615) 893-8938 to learn about Community Services Block Grant funding. They are part of a national network too. Find community action phone numbers near you.

Lifepoint Church provides financial assistance to renters, the homeless, and hungry in Smyrna/LaVergne. Call (615) 459-3311. Any support is for the low income, working poor only. Most of the aid is for energy or heat, but on occasion some help is offered for rent. Location is 506 Legacy Dr, Smyrna, Tennessee 37167.

 

 

 

The Salvation Army of Murfreesboro and the county offers many social services. Everything from free furniture to motel vouchers, limited rent payment help to stop homelessness (as funding allows), and guidance from 1137 W. Main St., Murfreesboro. Dial 615-895-7071.

Centerstone has locations across the region. They help veterans who need housing employment, VA benefits, rent or security deposit help, legal aid and more. The agency runs the SSVF program (Supportive Services for Veterans). Veterans can dial (615) 693-9994 or 1-877-467-3123.

Doors of Hope operates a homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program from 428 E. Bell Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Everything from security or utility deposit help to financial assistance for back rent, permanent housing placement, single mom programs and more is offered in Rutherford County as well as Smyrna. Call 615-900-0634.

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Rutherford County and the Cumberland’s helps the low-income, elderly, and poor (for free). Get free legal aid to stop evictions, assistance with housing discrimination issues, lease agreement reviews, advice on applying for benefits and more. Location is 526 North Walnut Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Call 615-890-0905

Murfreesboro Housing Authority operates HUD section 8 voucher program. Low income families, single moms or dads, the disabled and elderly can get a voucher (when the wait list is open) to help them pay their monthly rent. There is also family self-sufficiency, home buying resources and more from 415 N Maple St, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. Call (615) 893-9414, or read more on section 8 housing in TN.

Additional low-income renter assistance in Rutherford County

The agencies below, either government or charitable, offer everything from information on local rent or mortgage assistance programs to homeless shelters or transitional housing. Most of them help low income families find the housing assistance they need and help them apply, whether it is for rent, a motel stay, or something else. Many are part of the Continuum of Care partnership.

 

 

 

 

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church operates the CONNECT Ministry from 116 N Academy St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Call 615-893-3780 for outreach.

First Baptist Church has volunteers to help people apply for grants for rent, bills, and other aid. Location is 200 E Main St, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. Call (615) 893-2514.

The Journey Home is at 308 West Castle Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129 (call 615-809-2644). There is also a location in Smyrna at 108 David Collins Drive (dial 615-796-8974).

By Jon McNamara

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