Local & Legal Assistance Resources

Unemployment, Food Stamps, TennCare and Families First

TN Department of Labor
Go here to apply for unemployment benefits, submit weekly certifications, report a lost check, dispute a claim and look for work.
TN Department of Human Services
Go here to apply for food stamps, TennCare and Families First. Social Security Administration
Go here to apply for social security and disability insurance.
The local SSA office is located at 921 Congress Parkway N, Athens, TN, (423) 745-7488


Housing Resources

Athens Housing Authority
716 Clark St, Athens, TN – (423) 745-0341
The Athens Housing Authority provides housing opportunities based on income within the Athens City Limits. They also manage section 8 housing.
Etowah Housing Authority
400 Sunset Dr, Etowah, TN 37331
400 Hillside Ln, Athens, TN
(423) 263-2674
The Etowah Housing Authority offers housing opportunities based on income for Etowah, TN. They also manage section 8 housing.
Tennessee Housing and Development Agency
The Tennessee Housing and Development Agency is a service designed to help with housing needs across Tennessee. If you are facing homelessness or are homeless at the moment, you may qualify to receive assistance from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. If you need help with a home loan, section 8 housing, or rental assistance, THDA can help. If you are looking to purchase a house, THDA offers homebuyer education services and a variety of home loan options.
Guide to Avoiding Foreclosures
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website provides information and a library on mortgage management and refinancing, links to foreclosure avoidance counselors, and information on the HOPE for Homeowners program.
National Mortgage Assistance Center
The National Mortgage Assistance Center provides mortgage assistance and home loan modification information. This site also provides a page on consumer alerts and frequently asked questions on home loan modifications.

Organizations that help with clothing, childcare, heating costs, housing, transportation elder care, domestic violence, etc.

United Way
The United Way works with local non-profit and charitable agencies to offer services to the community.
ETHRA – East Tennessee Human Resources Agency
ETHRA operates a diverse range of programs from services for Senior Adults to Nutrition Programs for Children, from HUD housing assistance to Home Weatherization and Heating and Cooling assistance, from Employment Development and Transportation to Probation Services.
SETHRA – Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency Public Transportation
(423) 949-2191
SETHRA provides free and low-cost, public transportation in rural areas. They give priority to those with medical appointments and appointments with the Department of Human Services to apply for families first, food stamps, TennCare, etc. SETHRA can also assist with transportation to/from work.
Coordinated Charities Agency – Coordinated Charities works to pool all the charitable resources in McMinn County and can help you find the help you need.
1217-A S. Congress Pkwy, Athens, TN 37303 (423) 745-9625

Legal Resources

Legal Aid of East Tennessee –
Legal help for low-income, elderly and abused people.
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
Provides information and resources for legal advocates as well as how-to booklets.
Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
Provides do-it-yourself forms and legal advice for the elderly and others.
Legal and Social Services Assistance


Acme’s How To pages provide solutions to common household maintenance problems. From fixing a leaking toilet to controlling household pets or replacing a roof, Acme has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

Direct from the DIY network, this site is full of tips for every aspect of home renovation and improvement.

On the Home and Garden TV web site, you can find decorating schemes and inspiration, home plans, home improvement and gardening techniques and holiday ideas.
Planet Green has compiled how-to guides to help you keep your house, garden, and life green.
As you might expect from the people who produce the classic This Old House, their website is full of how-to instructions and ideas and solutions for home renovation projects. The instructions on thisoldhouse.com are detailed and specific, covering common mistakes and helpful tips.


Premier Medical Information Sites

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Seventeenth Edition. Primarily for medical professionals.

The Merck Manual of Medical Information — Home Edition
Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis. 

National Library of Medicine
Home of PubMed, Clinical Trials and more

Tennessee Electronic Library
TEL provides free online access to selected full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. There are two databases geared toward health information, Health Reference Center Academic and Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Sites that provide Health & Wellness Statistics

Tennessee Department of Health

University of Michigan’s Document Center — Statistics on the Web



Government Sites

Food and Drug Administration — FDA

National Cancer Institute’s CancerNet

Center for Disease Control – CDC

Drug Information


IBIDS Database (Nutritional Supplements)

Alternative & Herbal Medicines

Dr. Duke’s Databases


Additional Quality Sites

Mayo Clinic


Hardin Meta Directory

Updated Oct 2022


Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
A public service law firm that provides legal forms and support to Tennesseans.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Offers legal advocacy and support to elderly, abused and low-income people.

Online Tennessee Justice
Answers legal questions for free for those who qualify and provides a list of other places to find legal help.

Provides free access to federal and state statutes, case law, constitutions, and other legal resources.

Legal Information Institute
From Cornell Law School provides summaries and comparisons of state laws on specific topics such as divorce, labor, taxation and alcoholic beverages. 

National Immigration Law Center 
(213) 639-3900
The NILC provides an excellent set of tools and resources for service providers and advocates, with tools organized into: immigration, employment issues, public benefits, obtaining a driver’s license, the Dream Act, etc. There are also online publications, important legal updates, and an e-newsletter to keep you informed.

Language(s) :English
Audiences: Service Providers, Advocates, General

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
MALDEF focuses on the areas of employment, immigration, education, political access, language, and equity. It provides tools, resources, leadership programs, etc.
Language(s): English, some resources in Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 
510-465-1984, and multiple local chapters
The NNIRR furnishes advocacy and immigration support, both online and through multiple local chapters.

Language(s): English
Audiences: Service Providers, General

American Immigration Lawyers Association
(202) 216-2400
(800) 954-0254 Attorney Referral Service
AILA is useful to more than just attorneys: it provides news and updates on recent cases, access to advocacy, publications and other resources. Also features a toll-free lawyer referral service.

Language(s): English, some Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

Immigration Law Portal
(212) 545-0869 (fax)
Though primarily intended for law professionals, this resource gives ready access to immigration law forms, information, news and other tools.

Language(s): English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese
Audiences: Immigration law professionals, Service Providers, General

Tennessee Resources

The Official Site of the State of Tennessee

Tennessee Blue Book Online
The official manual of Tennessee state government and includes information on our elected officials, the various branches and agencies of state government, historic and statistical data, and election returns

Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook
Sponsored by the Tennessee Historical Commission, this is an online project that identifies activities and attributes citations dealing with the war in the Volunteer Stat

Center for Business and Economic Research
Source for many statistical sites pertaining to Tennessee, and the United States

Cover Kids
Es un programa de cobertura de salud a bajo costo para ninos y mujeres embarazadas que cumplen con las reglas de elegibilidad para el programa. Si Ud. necesity ayuda con la aplicacion, llamenos al 1-866-626-3409. La llamdada es gratis. Los servicios del interprete del idioma estan disponibles en muchos idiomas incluyendo Espanol. 

Cover Tennessee
Governor Phil Bredesen’s multi-pronged effort, Cover Tennessee, extends health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals in Tennessee through three insurance programs and a pharmacy assistance program. Cover Tennessee provides health insurance options for uninsured children through CoverKids; for small businesses through CoverTN and chronically ill adults through AccessTN. Those who have a critical need for pharmacy assistance can get help through CoverRX. Pick up a free brochure at the information rack within E.G. Fisher Public Library, visit the website, or call 1-866-COVERTN

McMinn County Vocational Rehabilitation Center
Helps those who qualify find and keep employment. (423) 744-2800 ext. 115

Tennessee Code and Constitution
Search the Tennessee state laws

TN Disability Pathfinder / Información de Discapacidad
Information on how to obtain help for family members who may have a disability. Spanish language version is also available.

Tennessee Driver Manuals
Driver’s license study guides in English and Spanish as well as CDL and motorcycle manuals

Tennessee Electronic Atlas
A helpful feature of this site includes the ability to zoom into any particular locale, the topographic maps change to aerial photographic overlays. For those seeking a wealth of information, spatial and otherwise, about the state of Tennessee, this site is a must.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
A definitive and comprehensive reference work on the Volunteer State. Search by keyword for full-text articles, locate historical texts by title or author and browse the Image, Media, and Map Galleries. The site also features “Other Links“, a thorough listing of additional Tennessee historical resources. 

Tennessee Heritage Online
Digital Collections from Tennessee Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Tennessee History
A Guide to Primary Sources

Tennessee Statistical Abstract, 2022
Economic and demographic data are presented in easy-to-read tables, maps, and graphs for Tennessee counties, cities, and also southeastern states. In addition to the customary information on population, personal income, and employment, the 2022 edition includes tables with data for affirmative action employment searches, educational attainment, housing prices and retail sales.  Source notes for most tables now include the internet address of the source agency. With detailed information in 19 subject areas, plus rankings and an extensive index, the Tennessee Statistical Abstract is the most comprehensive source available for information on Tennessee. 

Tennessee : Unclaimed Property
Updated daily. Tennessee’s Unclaimed Property Office may have money to return to you! If you have forgotten about a savings account, utility deposit, stock dividend, credit card overpayment, etc., then you should check this site!

Tennessee Virtual Archive
Highlights from the collections of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), is a program of the State Library and Archives to create a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. Their mission is to bring electronic versions of the state’s rich collections to a wider audience. TeVA provides a searchable array of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value.

Volunteer Voices
Volunteer Voices is a state-wide digitization project that will provide access to primary sources that document Tennessee’s rich history and culture. Volunteer Voices combines the collaborative efforts to Tennessee archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and schools. (currently in Beta format)