Stimulus funds available for local not-profits

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By Charlotte Underwood

Thanks to federal funds, those who have been recently laid off may get some financial relief through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Money is allotted for emergency shelter and food every year, but this year, due to increased unemployment even more funding is coming into the county.

Over $14,000 in emergency food and shelter funds are available to local non-profit agencies within the county. This amount was decided, based upon the population and the number of unemployed in the county, according to Campbell County Director of the Office of Aging Diane Carr.

Campbell County was allotted this funding to supplement the local need due to increased unemployment, which has been on the rise.

The money is to help those specifically who have lost their jobs, but this money is awarded based on applications and need to local non-profit entities who will then help individual citizens.

Those who have already received some of the regular allotted emergency food and shelter funding can still apply for this specialized funding, the only difference is this money is earmarked specifically for the unemployed, so Carr is asking that the use of the funds be listed on applications.

Any agency wishing to apply for these funds is asked to contact Diane Carr at 562-2948. All applications are to be submitted at the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency by May 19