Who We Are

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Our Services

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LIHEAP Crisis Assistance


CRISIS ASSISTANCE funds are no longer available, as of June 30, 2024. 

All households requesting utility assistance through LIHEAP services will need to complete a regular LIHEAP application. Regular LIHEAP applications are accepted year-round but there is no guarantee that funds will remain available to assist all applicants.

Also note: Online applications will not be accepted after July 31, 2024.

Online Applications are NOT for immediate assistance. If you are seeking immediate utility assistance then please contact our main office at 865-637-6700 or visit in person at 2247 Western Avenue, between 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. Please note that funds may not be available to serve all applicants. Use the button below to learn more.

Creative Placemaking at CAC

Announcing a creative arts grant award

CAC is a recipient of a Creative Placemaking grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission, which provides funding to help build stronger communities through the arts for positive economic and community outcomes. The Commission believes that creativity is a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and invention.

The Creative Placemaking grant competition is designed to help communities enhance the distinctive local character of Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes.

Stay tuned for more information on how CAC will use these funds, and learn how to support projects like these by visiting tnspecialtyplates.org.

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Celebrating 60 Years of Action!

What has Community Action’s 60-year legacy meant for American families?

  • Stable housing
  • Food on the table
  • Affordable heat and energy
  • High-quality early childhood education
  • Financial empowerment
  • Better jobs

But above all, opportunity for all! It’s been 60 years since the birth of our nation’s Community Action Agencies. That’s 60 years of helping people and families reach their full potential with life-changing services like housing support, job skills training, early childhood education and more!

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