The Homemaker Aide & Elderly Chore Service Program assists elderly and disabled clients in remaining in their own homes rather than seek alternative care in nursing or foster homes. Services provided include light housekeeping, errands, and preparing meals.
The Adult Protective Service Homemaker serves fragile adults who have been abused, neglected or exploited with household chores, errands, budgeting, counseling, etc. to enable them to live independently and without fear of being abused.
State-wide Home and Community Based Waiver Services
Older persons and other adults with disabilities who meet TennCare requirements related to functional ability as prescribed in the individual’s plan of care. UCHRA provides the above listed services in all 14 counties to clients referred to it though Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability network.
LIHEAP provides a one-time per year payment (based upon the availability of funds) averaging $325 to the primary heating energy provider (i.e., electric, natural gas, propane, coal, wood, or kerosene) for qualifying low and moderate income households based upon a point system giving priority to households having elderly disabled members and those with children under the age of 3. LIHEAP is funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services in all 14 counties.
Download the LIHEAP application in PDF format.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides basic insulation and weatherization measures for low-income households. WAP is funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services in all 14 counties.
The CSBG Program provides various services for Vulnerable Populations (age 60 and above or those with a verifiable disability). The program assists with food vouchers, utility payments, and rental or mortgage payments in the event of an unforeseen emergency. CSBG also provides assistance to those who are home bound and under age 60 with home-delivered meals and in-home services. This helps with chores and other supportive services to allow the applicant to remain in their home.
CSBG provides assistance to those who have not been applicants to UCHRA before and who are in a temporary emergency situation.
The I&R Program’s experienced staff in UCHRA’s fourteen county offices provides persons with current information regarding opportunities and services available to them including assessing the person’s problems and capacities, linking persons to the opportunities and services that are available, and, to the maximum extent practicable, insuring that persons received the needed services through follow-up procedures.
CSBG funds the STAR program to move individuals and families from dependence to independence with a comprehensive case management program. See the details of this program in this section.
The Commodities Program provides surplus foods to low-income households. It is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and serves all 14 counties
The Child & Adult Care Food Program supplements the cost of meals and snacks to caregivers for children enrolled in Registered or Licensed Day Care Homes. Currently UCHRA serves the 14 counties plus Bedford, Coffee, Davidson (east of airport) Franklin, Giles, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson.
TARGET POPULATION SERVICES
CASA volunteers are Judge appointed to assist in determination of the best possible outcome for abused, neglected, or exploited children on a case by case basis. Despite the state's attempts to help, these children may become trapped in the court and child welfare maze spending their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another. CASA becomes the voice of these children. CASA serves Cumberland, Overton, Smith, and Putnam County. For more information go to: www.uchracasa4children.com
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Program provides assistance to persons affected by HIV with short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Additional services include performing a needs assessment, providing information and referral, and assisting with budgeting best practices.
Through the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership grant UCHRA provides persons infected with and affected by HIV case management, including a wide range of client-centered services that link clients with health care, psychosocial, and other services. Additionally, through Ryan White persons infected with HIV are eligible to receive food assistance coordinated though a licensed nutritionist to ensure that they consume proper food for their diets, and transportation services for clients and their caregivers to ensure access to medical care, dental care, and psychosocial services.