Financial aid announced for Tennessee families affected by coronavirus layoffs

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TENNESSEE — The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced it will give financial aid to families affected by coronavirus layoffs.

Those in need can apply for Emergency Cash Assistance if they were employed as of March 11 and have lost at least 50% of their income.

However, a household cannot make $2,000 or more to qualify for assistance.

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The financial assistance gives monthly checks of $500 to families of 1 and 2, $750 to families of 3 and 4, and $1000 to families of 5 or more.

The households must have a child under 18 or a pregnant woman to qualify.

A social security card is also required for assistance.

Those interested can begin to apply Thursday.

Applications will be accepted online and there will be no DHS interview.

A response will be given within five days of submission through mail or email.

Once approved, an EBT card will be sent between five to seven days.

The money is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

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