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CHIPs receives $100K grant

Last week, a local non-profit organization received grant funds which will help it continue to assist homeless individuals and families in Unicoi, Carter and Greene counties.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, Katie Moore, a liaison with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), visited Change is Possible (CHIPs) in Erwin to present the organization with a $100,000 federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
CHIPs Executive Director Carolyn McAmis said the grant funds will be used for the rapid re-housing of victims of abuse.
“Most women stay in an abusive situation because of lack of funds,” McAmis said. “This allows us to offer the women and their families financial assistance for rent and utilities for up to three months.”
McAmis said CHIPs assisted 17 families with rapid re-housing last year and that the program has been very successful.
A press release from THDA reported that the allocation of the grant funds was approved in May. CHIPs was one of 21 organizations to receive the ESG funding during the spring competitive grant process.
THDA dispersed a total of $1,652,183 among the successful applicants. ESG funds provide facilities capital as well as essential social services, street outreach, rapid rehousing assistance and Homeless Management Information Systems in non-metro areas.
In addition to rapid re-housing, CHIPs offers a variety of services to the communities it serves, including a shelter, court advocacy, victim compensation, individual and group workshops, emotional support and community education.
For more information about CHIPs and its services, call 743-0022.