Prairie Opportunity’s Oktibbeha county case manager Tomeka Rhine speaks about the programs offered by the community action agency. 

On Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, Prairie Opportunity hosted a public hearing at the outdoor pavilion at McKee Park to talk to the public about their grants and the services they offer because of the grants. Prairie Opportunity, Inc. serves eight counties in north central Mississippi, including Oktibbeha county. 

At this public hearing, Prairie Opportunity’s case manager, Tomeka Rhine, spoke about the services provided by the community action agency through their Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program and by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). For Fiscal Year 2022, Prairie Opportunity was awarded $962,722 for the CSBG Program and $2,674,644 for LIHEAP. The money from these grants is divided up among the eight counties they serve, and how much each county receives is based on the population and need of that county with Prairie Opportunity. 

For more on this story, check out the Friday, August 13 edition of SDN. 

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