DIVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES' RESPONSE TO COVID-19
How to Access Services Remotely During the Coronavirus
The Division of Community Services is working hard to continue providing support and hope to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are open but are accessible by phone, email, mail, and online options to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Please see below for ways to reach us. Be safe.
For Help with your bills
Utility Assistance, Rent/Mortgage Assistance, Prescription Medicine Assistance. Apply by email or mail.
Email utility applications to LIHEAP@shelbycountytn.gov
For rent assistance, email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
Meals, CHOICES, Public Guardianship, SHIP, SNAP, Family Caregiver Services. Each call is handled on a case by case basis with care.
For Victims of All Crime
For trauma counseling, victim compensation, orders of protection, support groups, please call or use the online form. 24/7 Sexual As-sault Forensic Exams will still be provided in partnership with law en-forcement. For the Sexual Assault Hotline: 901-222-4350
For Those Facing Incarceration
Pretrial Services and Behavioral Health are available
For Phone and Web Outreach
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Rent/Mortgage Assistance, Utility Assistance, Emergency Food/Essentials/Prescription Assistance
Shelby County residents can access the online application by clicking on the link.
Essential Services from our Partners
MEALS for Shelby County Schools Students provided by YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South and Mid-South Food Bank .
www.scsk12.org/coronavirusfacts for locations in English and Spanish.
MEALS for low-income and vulnerable people provided by Mid-South Food Bank. Find mobile pantries and partner food pantries by calling 901-527-0841 or visiting www.midsouthfoodbank.org.
MEALS for seniors through MIFA. Apply for MIFA assistance online at mifa.org/applyonline. Walk-ins are temporarily closed.
UTILITY ASSISTANCE is provided by our CSA (apply by email or mail, see reverse) as well as MIFA. In addition, MLGW has suspended disconnections for 60 days but charges will continue to accrue during this time. Call MLGW’s billing office at 901-544-6549 or use their drive-thru windows and drop boxes. MLGW.com. Apply online for MIFA assistance at www.MIFA.org or call them at 901-527-0208. Walk-ins are temporarily closed.
JOBS for those looking for opportunities can call the American Job Center at 901-707-8426 or visit jobs4tn.gov to help with unemployment claims.
HOMELESS hotline through MIFA is available 24-hours a day, 901-529-4545. Comprehensive list of services for homeless available through Community Alliance for the Homeless at cafth.org.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE services available through Family Safety Center at 901-222-4400.
CLOTHES, FURNITURE, FOOD available through Neighborhood Christian Centers at 901-881-6013
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN may be eligible for guidance through ParentPlus901.com