Alexander, Frist Announce $2.5 Million For Tennessee Emergency And Food Shelter Programs

Posted on December 11, 2003

Alexander, Frist Announce $2.5 Million for Tennessee Emergency And Food Shelter Programs December 11th, 2003 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Tennessee will receive more than $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help provide food and shelter to hungry and homeless individuals throughout the state. The funding is allocated to more than 70 counties statewide through the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) Program. "The holiday season is a time for giving a helping hand to others, and that's exactly what this funding will be used for," said Frist. "This federal initiative comes at a good time. It will greatly benefit our local shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, and other assistance programs as they try to pass along the holiday spirit to fellow Tennesseans in need." "As winter weather hits Tennessee, a warm place to sleep becomes crucial to some Tennesseans for survival," said Alexander. "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment that will mean assistance for 73 Tennessee counties to provide shelter and food to those Tennesseans who need it the most." The funding will support social service agencies in more than 2,500 cities and counties across the nation to help feed and shelter the nation's hungry and homeless. It can be used to supplement food shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies. Tennessee received an accumulated total of $2,508,371 that will be dispersed to 73 counties, with a portion of the funds going to an EFS State Set-Aside Committee. This local board would advertise the availability of the funds, establish local priorities, select local non-profit and government agencies to receive supplemental funding, and monitors program compliance. Additional jurisdictions in Tennessee may be selected to receive funding at a later date by the State Set-Aside Committee. The EFS National Board is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and composed of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; United Jewish Communities; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America. The local board's composition mirrors the EFS National Board, with a local government official selected by members of the Local Board replacing FEMA as the chair. The EFS Program has been existence since 1983 and was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The EFS Program has distributed more than $2.4 billion in communities nationwide, and has accounted for millions of additional meals and nights of shelter to those people most in need of such help. A list of the Tennessee counties receiving funding follows: Emergency Food and Shelter Program Department of Homeland Security FY04 "Phase 22" State Allocations Tennessee: Anderson County - $27,293 Bedford County - $24,314 Benton County - $10,177 Bradley County - $36,009 Campbell County - $19,022 Carroll County - $26,220 Carter County - $32,456 Chester County - $8,271 Claiborne County - $11,121 Clay County - $5,736 Cocke County - $23,537 Coffee County - $19,781 Crockett County - $11,454 Cumberland County - $22,482 Davidson County - $229,154 Decatur County - $8,752 DeKalb County - $7,642 Dyer County - $21,206 Fayette County - $16,061 Fentress County - $9,474 Franklin County - $15,469 Gibson County - $34,751 Giles County - $24,869 Grainger County - $13,841 Greene County - $39,580 Grundy County - $6,199 Hamblen County - $27,293 Hamilton County - $104,289 Hardeman County - $16,413 Hardin County - $19,614 Hawkins County - $26,979 Haywood County - $17,505 Henderson County - $20,965 Henry County - $18,985 Hickman County - $10,233 Jackson County - $6,995 Jefferson County - $23,630 Johnson County - $10,732 Knox County - $106,102 Lauderdale County - $18,245 Lawrence County - $35,972 Lewis County - $8,049 Lincoln County - $12,990 McMinn County - $28,552 McNairy County - $15,506 Macon County - $13,600 Madison County - $49,813 Marion County - $13,545 Marshall County - $21,391 Maury County - $37,434 Meigs County - $6,846 Monroe County - $25,258 Morgan County - $12,768 Obion County - $17,838 Overton County - $9,715 Polk County - $8,142 Putnam County - $27,478 Rhea County - $12,213 Roane County - $20,521 Rutherford County - $75,274 Scott County - $17,172 Shelby County - $445,558 Smith County - $9,733 Stewart County - $5,810 Sullivan County - $65,375 Tipton County - $26,923 Unicoi County - $9,363 Union County - $6,402 Warren County - $20,836 Washington County - $45,020 Wayne County - $12,879 Weakley County - 22,427 White County - $14,600 State Set-Aside Committee, TN - $220,517 Tennessee Total - $2,508,371