The Tennessee Department of Human Services is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, families can begin applying online for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic.

All TDHS offices are currently operating on appointment-only as a precaution for COVID-19.

During this time, the department is asking applicants to complete the application process for emergency cash assistance online at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration.

Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to the TDHS. Once the application has been submitted, no further action will be needed.

Applicants DO NOT need to call the DHS office for an interview. Applicants will receive a notification of denial or approval via email within 5 days. If approved, applicants can expect an electronic benefit transfer card to be sent within 5-7 days of approval via mail.

The money provided is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:

• $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons.

• $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons.

• $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons.

This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, must include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, must have a valid social security number, must not have resources exceeding $2000, and must have a gross monthly income which does not exceed 85% of the state’s median income that is currently $2,696 monthly for a household of one or $3,526 monthly for a household of two.