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Tennessee's Community Action Agencies

Community Action Agencies are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today, there are approximately 1,200 Community Action Agencies in the United States.

The service areas of Community Action Agencies cover 96% of the nation’s counties and 100% of Tennessee’s counties. The following is a list of Community Action Agencies throughout Tennessee. Eligibility for services is income-based and services must be provided by the Community Action Agency in the county in which you live.

  • Emergency Services
  • Education, including Head Start and Early Head Start Food and Nutrition (including WIC)
  • Family Development
  • Employment/Employment Training
  • Income Management
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Health Care

Anderson County Community Action Commission

423-457-5500

County Served: Anderson

Blount County Community Action Agency

423-983-8411

County Served: Blount

Bradley-Cleveland Community Services Agency

423-479-4111

County Served: Bradley

Caney Fork Development Corporation

931-473-3194

Counties Served: DeKalb, Cannon, Warren, Van Buren

Chattanooga Human Services Department

423-757-5551

County Served: Hamilton

Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency

931-648-5774

County Served: Montgomery

Cordell Hull Economic Opportunity Corporation

615-666-2992

Counties Served: Macon, Clay, Jackson, Smith

Delta Human Resource Agency

901-476-5226

Counties Served: Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority

423-587-4500

Counties Served: Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier, Cocke, Monroe

Highland Rim Economic Corporation

931-289-4101

Counties Served: Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Dickson

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee

423-546-3500

County Served: Knox

Metropolitan Action Commission

615-862-8860

County Served: Davidson

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency

615-453-2243

Counties Served: Robertson, Sumner, Trousdale, Cheatham, Wilson, Williamson, Rutherford

Mid-East Community Action Agency

423-354-0450

Counties Served: Roane, Loudon

Mountain Valley Economic Opportunity Authority

423-691-2551

Counties Served: Scott, Campbell, Union, Claiborne, Morgan

Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council

731-364-3228

Counties Served: Lake, Obion, Weakley, Henry, Dyer, Gibson, Carroll, Benton, Crockett

Shelby County Community Services Agency

901-545-4630

County Served: Shelby

South Central Human Resource Agency

931-433-7182

Counties Served: Hickman, Perry, Lewis, Maury, Marshall, Bedford, Coffee, Wayne, Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln, Moore, Franklin

Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency

423-949-2191

Counties Served: Grundy, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Marion, Polk

Southwest Human Resource Agency

901-989-5111

Counties Served: Haywood, Madison, Henderson, Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency

931-528-1127

Counties Served: Pickett, Overton, Fentress, Putnam, White, Cumberland

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency

423-246-6180

Counties Served: Hancock, Hawkins, Sullivan, Johnson,Greene, Washington, Carter, Unicoi