Division of Community Services Establishes COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

From Division Director Dorcas Young Griffin:

On April 15, 2020, the Division of Community Services was designated $500,000 to establish the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Program to provide social services for residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund program offers three (3) categories of designated relief:

  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Emergency Food/Essentials/Prescription Assistance


Shelby County residents are eligible to apply under the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Shelby County, Tennessee.
  • Must be able to show two (2) forms of proof of residency and loss of employment or at least 50% of earned income as of March 11, 2020.
  • Must have a current household monthly income at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline (see guideline below).
  • Must be able to meet additional criteria as outlined by the specific relief offered

The information about the assistance and the link to the application to apply is at https://www.shelbycountytn.gov/3646/COVID-19-Emergency-Relief-Fund

Please direct any questions directly by email to the Division of Community Services at Covid19relief@shelbycountytn.gov or call the COVID-19 Relief line at (901) 222-0050.

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