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FEMA allocates more money for south Georgia's homeless

January 4, 2006

Albany- We've had some bad economic news lately and those job losses mean more federal assistance to help the hungry and homeless. FEMA is sending $86,205 to the United Way for four emergency food and shelter programs in Crisp, Dougherty, Mitchell, and Worth Counties.

It's a 14 percent increase over last year, but more money means fewer jobs.

"The formula they use for determining how each county throughout the country gets is based on the number of unemployed in relation to the total number of unemployed. So, the good news is these counties got 14 percent more money, but I guess the bad news is it means they've got more of an unemployment problem this year," said Wayne Mehearg, United Way President.

This is the 23rd year the United Way of Southwest Georgia has received the money from the federal government. Money is passed along to organizations such as the Salvation Army and other emergency food shelter agencies. Agencies in need can contact the south Georgia United Way to apply for assistance.

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