Assistance for Individuals and Businesses Impacted by the Tragedy in Downtown Nashville
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Together, We Are #NashvilleStrong

The Nashville community is here to help those impacted by the tragedy on December 25 as part of the historic downtown response and recovery. Immediate and long-term assistance is available to individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the tragedy, funded by a grant from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

We are currently accepting applications. Please read the Eligibility Criteria listed below to see if you qualify and the documentation you have to provide.

Those who are unable to access the online application can call 615-352-3087 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The application is administered by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville.


Immediate and Long-Term Assistance Available
Rent Payments

Assistance paying rent for employees who lost of a job or residents in the impacted area who are temporarily displaced

Utility Payments

Assistance paying utilities for employees who lost of a job or residents in the impacted area

Food Assistance

Food staples and prepared meals for those who worked or lived in the impacted area

Counseling

Help addressing stress, anxiety, and other conditions resulting from the tragedy

Additional material assistance may be available for applicants.

Free Group Sessions

Catholic Charities is offering free group sessions to those affected by the explosion on December 25, 2020. A licensed therapist will provide practical tools to address the impact of trauma on the mind and body.

Registration is required for in-person sessions.

In-Person Group Sessions for Individuals

Space is limited

  • January 19 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    508 Main St., Nashville, TN, 37206
  • January 21 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    508 Main St., Nashville, TN, 37206
  • January 23 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    2806 McGavock Pike, Entrance 4, Nashville, TN, 37214
Register Today

Online Group Session for Businesses

  • January 22 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Zoom online meeting
Link to Zoom

Zoom will be active 15 minutes before start time.

Call 615-340-9719 today if you experiencing a personal crisis and want to speak with someone immediately.

The Crisis Line is provided by our partner Family & Children's Service.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for financial assistance, survivors will need to provide proof of employment or residency in the area directly impacted.

The impacted area is bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Avenue North, Broadway, and the Cumberland River. You will be asked to provide proof of eligibility when applying for assistance.

  • Employees of businesses in the impacted area who have lost wages
  • Residents unable to live in a primary residences in the impacted area
  • Businesses in the impacted area

Documentation You Will Need To Provide

The application requires that you provide certain documentation, depending on how you are applying for assistance and the type of assistance requested. Please plan to have these documents available when you apply. The online application will accept scans of documents or uploads from your mobile phone.

Employees

  • Proof of employment (paystub or letter from employer)
  • Proof of location of employment
  • Proof of deductible (If requesting deductible)
  • Proof of expense due, such as an invoice or bill (If requesting)

Residents

  • Rental agreement or proof of ownership of the building (mortgages cannot be paid with VOCA funds)
  • Proof of address (utility bill in your name)
  • Proof of deductible needed (If requesting deductible)
  • Proof of expense due, such as an invoice or bill (If requesting deductible)

Business Owners

  • Proof of ownership of business
  • Rental agreement or proof of ownership of the building (mortgages cannot be paid with VOCA funds)
  • Proof of address (utility bill in your name)
  • Proof of deductible needed (If requesting deductible)
  • Proof of expense due, such as an invoice or bill (If requesting)
About Catholic Charities' Nashville Strong Program
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For additional resources, call 211, visit hub.nashville.gov, or visit the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's website for affected employees and businesses.
For media relations inquiries, please contact Amy Atkinson at amy@amyacommunications.com.