State offers financial aid for tornado victims

Cookeville Tornado
Posted at 8:26 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 21:26:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Human Services is providing financial assistance to those impacted by Middle Tennessee's March 3 tornadoes.

Starting March 16, TDHS will accept applications for its Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Cash Assistance program.

D-SNAP gives temporary food assistance through EBT cards, which can be used at authorized SNAP grocery stores and retail locations. People in Davidson, Wilson, or Putnam County experiencing at least one of these conditions because of the tornadoes can apply:

  • Unreimbursed expenses or personal property loss because of severe weather or resulting power outage
  • Damage to residence of place of employment
  • Loss, reduction, or inaccessibility of income due to disaster related problems or damage to a work location
  • Disaster-related expenses that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period
  • Cannot be currently receiving SNAP

The Emergency Cash Assistance program gives a one-time payment to families significantly impacted by the tornadoes in Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, or Wilson County. The amount is determined by household size. Families must have at least one child under the age of 18 or an expecting mother.

Those eligible can apply at these locations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applicants should bring documentation of identify, residence, and income.

  • TDHS Putnam County: 1000 England Drive, Cookeville
  • Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion: 2390 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville
  • TDHS Wilson County Office: 155 Legends Drive, Lebanon
  • Honey Alexander Center: 2400 Clifton Avenue, Nashville
  • Goodwill Career Solutions Center: 937 Herman Street, Nashville
  • TDHS Benton County Office: 20810 Main Street East, Huntingdon
  • TDHS Gibson County Office: 2205 Highway 45 By-Pass South, Trenton