<p>Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, August 06, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Tuscarawas County Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was awarded over $11,000 to enhance and expand emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Many programs and non-profits throughout the Tuscarawas Valley rely heavily on federal funding to be able to help residents in the community.

Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community Louise Worsham said the importance of these funds for the area is critical.

“Some of them would not have their programs if they were not able to get this money, so for some of them it is very vital to be able to keep these programs in our county.”

The amount each county receives annually is based on the recent unemployment rate for that area. Previously, Tuscarawas County was receiving $40,000 – $50,000 but currently, the unemployment rate is down quite significantly.

“It’s obviously a good thing for our county that our unemployment rates are lower. It’s a bad thing in that’s how it’s connected to the amount of money we get for emergency food and shelter. That means there is not as much money to go towards people that need it.”

Local agencies wishing to apply for the funds should contact Worshman at the T4C office at (330) 343-6012. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, August 15th, as well as, be able to make a verbal presentation to the board on that date.

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