Tennessee State Resources

Community Resources Compilation

The content on this website is an aggregate of supportive services and community resources across the Nashville area and the state of Tennessee. It is intended for use in any care setting in which a patient is in need of services including (but not limited to) food, housing, transportation, and home health care.

State-Wide Resource Database

Tennessee Pathfinder Agency Search

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a statewide database of services including everything from social service agencies to low income medical clinics to recreational programs. You can search the updated database by region or service type or narrow it further via our advanced search feature. This function will allow you to filter by categories like age, type of disability and funds accepted.

The Pathfinder Search is the most comprehensive database available for state resources.

Homepage: http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/pathsearch/

Email: tnpathfinder@vanderbilt.edu

Phone: 1-800-640-4636

Meal Services


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)

SNAP helps supplement monthly food budgets of families with low-income to buy the food they need to maintain good health and allow them to direct more of their available income toward essential living expenses.

SNAP application

Contact Info:

Family Assistance Service Center
615-743-2000 (Nashville area)
1-866-311-4287 (Toll free)

Website: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

Nashville Area

Second Harvest Food Bank

Founded in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee.

Note: Sometimes have donated nutritional supplements

Contact Info:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37228



Nashville Cares

Nashville CARES offers services, their families, spouses, partners and significant others, a unique combination of services, resources, information, and referral to help and support clients.

All services are free of charge. They are provided by appointment at the CARES office, the Comprehensive Care Center, regional health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, jails, prisons or client homes.

Website: http://www.nashvillecares.org/

Phone: Call our HEARTLine at 1-800-845-4266

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville: Hot Lunch Application

Wesley House, Centenary Center, and Bethlehem Center are one multi-service agency known as Bethlehem Centers of Nashville (BCN) with facilities in both North and downtown Nashville. Bethlehem Centers is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are community and business leaders, and has expanded its mission to reach all poverty-restricted persons living in North Nashville.

Hot Lunch Application


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

1417 Charlotte Avenue

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone:   (615) 329-3386 Ext. 233

Website:  http://www.bethlehemcenters.org/home/

Meals to Heal (Davidson & Williams Counties)

Provides nutrient rich meals and education for cancer patients

Mission: Enabling families affected by cancer to have the necessary information, patient support and resources to seek out effective treatments.

Meals on Wheel Brochure

Meals on Wheels Client Intake Form

Website: https://www.heimerdingerfoundation.com/program-information/

Metro Action Commission

Mission: The Metropolitan Action Commission changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Nashville and Davidson County a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Note: Provides vouchers for nutrition supplements for individuals meeting income criteria and who have a prescription from their doctor

Contact Info:

800 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201


Website: http://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Action-Commission.aspx

Metro Social Services

Metropolitan Social Services (MSS) provides a range of services to help Davidson County residents who are in need. These services promote positive change for individuals and families in times of crisis and economic hardship.

Note: Provides Ensure/nutrition supplement at wholesale cost; need a doctor’s prescription

Contact Info:

800 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201


Website: http://www.nashville.gov/Social-Services.aspx

Transportation Services


Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Note: For rural transportation assistance, call for routes and pricing information

Website: http://www.tn.gov/

Human Resource Agency Transport

Includes a list of human resource agencies by county and rural transportation resources.

HRA Transportation Resources Overview

Additional Transportation resources are available in the Pathfinder Database

Nashville Area


The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) AccessRide program is a publicly funded paratransit service, which operates specialized van services for persons with disabilities who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses.

Website: http://www.nashvillemta.org/Nashville-MTA-AccessRide-Information.asp

Access Ride Application

Nashville MTA

The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

Contact Info:
Nashville MTA
430 Myatt Drive
Nashville, TN 37115
ph: (615) 862-5950

Website: http://www.nashvillemta.org/

American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. Offers assistance to military personnel (i.e. transportation and transition services).

Website: http://www.redcross.org/

Housing Assistance


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is the single largest provider of social services of its kind within the United States. Our comprehensive social ministries and holistic approach to meeting the needs of others provide a myriad of preventative, support, and rehabilitative services. Holistic service is our goal as we work to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of families and individuals.

Website: http://salvationarmytennessee.org/nashville/

Shelter Listings

Shelter Listings is dedicated to serving the homeless and low-income (search can be modified for state and county).

Website: http://www.shelterlistings.org/

Nashville Area

Room in the Inn

Mission: To provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home.

Website: http://roomintheinn.org/

Room at the Inn Referral Form

How’s Nashville

How’s Nashville is a community-wide, collaborative, and inclusive effort to end chronic homelessness in Nashville. Our partners agree to work together to examine how we can get individuals and families permanently housed as quickly as possible.

Website: http://howsnashville.org/

Contact Info:

General Information:

Judith Tackett, communications coordinator

615-880-2360 or judith.tackett@nashville.gov

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan Homelessness Commission

800 2nd Avenue North, Suite 100

Nashville, TN 37201

Director’s Office:

Will Connelly, Director

615-862-6401 or will.connelly@nashville.gov


Nashville Cold Weather Response Plan

The cold weather response plan focuses on giving people who experience homelessness the best possible information and assistance to seek emergency shelter indoors – especially during extremely cold weather situations.

Website: http://www.coldweathernashville.com/

2015-2016 Winter Response Plan

Safe Haven

Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. We keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Website: http://safehaven.org/


Nashville Rescue Mission

At Nashville Rescue Mission, we address homelessness and hopelessness in a way that is transformational and Christ-centered. We believe in order for someone’s heart to be open to change, we must first meet his or her most basic and immediate needs.

Website: https://nashvillerescuemission.org/


Scarritt Bennett (Medical Housing)

Scarritt Bennett Center is located near several medical facilities including St. Thomas, Vanderbilt, Centennial and Baptist and is pleased to offer a special medical room rate. Patients and /or family members need only a referral from their medical provider or hospital at the time of reservation.

Website: https://www.scarrittbennett.org/accomodations/medical-stay-program/

Scarritt Bennett Special Medical Guest Rooms Referral Form


Hospital Hospitality House

For those caregivers who prefer to remain at the hospital or for those who live within Davidson County or surrounding local counties, we offer Day Services programs. Guests may shower, do laundry, rest in our lounge, and have a bite to eat. This brief respite from the hospital rejuvenates caregivers while meeting their most basic needs.

Website: www.hospitalhospitalityhouse.org

Hospitality House Policies


Natchez Trace Hospitality House

Provides temporary living quarters for the families of people who are ill while the individual who is ill receives care; temporary stay for those traveling long distance.

Contact Info:

2711 Blakemore Ave

Nashville, TN 37212



Mercy Ministries

The Mercy program is based on Christian principles and teachings but uses proven methods and experienced counseling staff to serve a diverse population of young women from across the United States.

Website: https://mercymultiplied.com/

Mercy Ministries Application


Sophia’s Heart

Sophia’s Heart provides free transitional housing in Nashville to families experiencing homelessness. When families are ready to leave the program, Sophia’s Heart collaborates with other community partners to provide the best possible solutions for those families to secure affordable housing.

Website: http://sophiasheart.org/

Sophia’s Heart Application


The Next Door

The Next Door provides services to women who are impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration. In recognition of the common need among residents for mental health and addiction counseling, The Next Door provides an integrated model to address the co-occurring disorders.

Website: http://thenextdoor.org/about-us/


Brooks House

The Brooks House Shelter opened its doors to help those in need. This facility has the capability for up to 28 women and children to receive temporary shelter. They are provided with meals, warmth in cold weather and a respite from the summer heat in a safe, comfortable and caring environment. Residents will be able to stay up 4-6 months, then will transition to their own permanent residence.

Website: http://www.brookshouse.org/


Income-Based Housing

A variety of organizations offer vouchers for rental assistance and placement in housing towers.

MDHA website: www.nashville-mdha.org

*Towers for the disabled/elderly: http://www.nashville-mdha.org/elderlyandDisabled.php

Nashville HUD Office Information:

235 Cumberland Bend Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37228-1803

Phone: (615) 736-5600
Fax: (615) 736-7848
TTD: (800) 848-0298

Office Hours:
7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Monday through Friday


Legal Assistance

American Bar Association

Provides free legal assistance to qualifying participants.

Website: https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/

Low Cost Legal Aid


Nashville Bar Association

Contact Info:

Nashville Bar Association | 150 4th Ave N, Ste 1050, Nashville, TN 37219 | 615.242.9272

Website: https://www.nashvillebar.org/


Advance Directives/Living Will

Advance directives can help people communicate their treatment choices when they would otherwise be unable to make such decisions. Tennessee’s new Advance Care Plan combines the Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney.

Website: https://tn.gov/health/article/advance-directives


Aging With Dignity

A private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness. Aging with Dignity has been an advocate for quality care for those near the end of life.

Website: http://www.agingwithdignity.org

Five Wishes Living Will


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations (NHPCO)

CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

Website: http://www.caringinfo.org

Tennessee Advance Directive


Conservator Information

When a person’s autonomy becomes impaired, others step in to make choices on the person’s behalf, to promote the person’s best interests and to protect the person from harm. This process is called a “Conservatorship” or in certain cases a “Guardianship.”

Contact Info (Davidson County):

Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square
Suite 601
Nashville, TN 37201
Office: 615-880-3355
Fax: 615-880-1435

Website: http://officeofconservatorshipmanagement.nashville.gov/