Legal Aid Society Can Help Restore Lost Public Assistance Benefits

“I prayed that the good Lord knows what he’s doing and is taking care of me,” she said. “If anything like that happened again, I wouldn’t think two minutes before calling Legal Aid Society.”

Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Russell Overby, Hanna Callicutt
January 4, 2020

Tags: Public Benefits

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


For Tennesseans who are dependent on public assistance benefits, a difference of $100 or $200 in their monthly budgets can dramatically affect the way they live. If their monthly income drops by even a small amount, it can mean that bills don’t get paid and belts have to be tightened, if that’s even possible. In other words, it’s an emergency.

At Legal Aid Society, we work with many Tennesseans, some of them elderly, who encounter problems accessing benefits that they rely upon for daily living, such as Social Security, SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also referred to as food stamps) and Medicare. Often, when one benefit is disrupted for some reason, it can create a domino effect that interrupts other benefits.

That’s what happened to one client we worked with this past year. Annette Powell, 74, is a Nashville native who retired from a 25-year career as a switchboard operator at two area hospitals.