Clarke County Gets Temporary Help Center

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

For weeks, citizens in Clarke County have been desperate for hurricane disaster relief. A disaster relief site was established Wednesday at the Clarke County Multi-Purpose Center.

Relief is now available in the form of disaster relief food stamps. Twenty-three counties are eligible for the disaster relief food stamp program.

Available resources and declared damages from Katrina are used to determine eligibility for disaster relief food stamps. The program is available for those who do not normally receive them, but who sustained losses from Hurricane Katrina.

"The way we determine eligibility is different, you know," said Teresa Nester of the Department of Human Services. "We're encouraging all people to apply, regardless of income."

A card is issued, then recipients call an 800 number 72 hours later to activate it. It operates like a debit card. The amount is based on need.

"For one person the maximum is $149. For two people, it's $274, and it goes up based on the number of persons in the home," said Mattie Wilson, also of DHS.

One woman who did not wish to give her name said this will reduce the strain she felt after the storm.

More than 1600 people have applied for assistance since the site was opened.

The disaster relief site will be in operation from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 8.

Anyone living in one of the eligible counties may go to the disaster relief site in Clarke County for assistance. Make sure you bring photo I.D., Social Security numbers for your household, and estimates of your losses from Katrina and your net household income.


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