Serving Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties
PO Box 208
Erin, TN 37061
In August of 1964 the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) was passed with President Lyndon Baines Johnson seeking to carry forward the plans and programs of John F. Kennedy. It was labeled an unconditional War on Poverty in America.
Visionaries in Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties saw an opportunity to bring federal funding into the area which would help the low-income and immediately began the process of forming a local Community Action Agency to serve the area. Highland Rim Economic Corporation was formed and opened its doors in October 1966 with Ryan Holley serving as Executive Director, Sarah Skelton as Bookkeeper, Carl Patterson, A. R. Nelson, and William Pettit as Coordinators, and governed by a tripartite Board of Directors.
Since that time in 1966, many individuals in the four (4) county service area of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties have been assisted either directly or indirectly by a dedicated staff of professionals who seek to serve others while empowering and inspiring people to reach their full potential.
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The mission statement for HREC is to coordinate resources to empower and inspire people to reach their full potential.
Funding sources for Highland Rim Economic Corporation include the Tennessee Department of Human Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Housing Development Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other state, federal and local sources.
Who Does HREC Serve
Eligibility for Services
Eligibility requirements for HREC services are set by State, Federal and local funding guidelines and may include income, age, disability or demonstrated need of a service.
Eligibility will vary by service and will be determined when an application for service is made. HREC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or religion.
Community Services Block Grant
CSBG offers a variety of programs to low-income families through four neighborhood Service Centers. These centers are located in each of the four counties of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties. some of the specific programs offered at these centers are:
Donations of cash, food and clothing are accepted at most of these centers to assist low-income families. Please contact the center in your county for more information.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administered in Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties. This program assists families or individuals with special emergency needs for rent, mortgage, food or utility assistance.
Highland Rim Economic Corporation
USDA Commodity Program
The USDA Commodity Program provides a variety of nutritious free foods which enable low-income families to stretch their grocery dollars. HREC distributes the USDA foods in four different locations throughout the service area. Volunteers and local agencies donate their time and effort in helping to make the USDA food available to their neighbors. The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension agents often provide important information on how to use the commodities.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
Liheap is for low-income people in need of energy assistance. This program operates in the winter months to assist with fuel bills. Applications are normally taken in August and September and assistance is received in mid winter for the regular heating program. Applications are taken year round or until funds are exhausted for expedited assistance (emergency). Applications are taken in July for the summer cooling program.