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Amerigroup Awards West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation $30,000 for Emergency Housing Assistance for Homeless

February 3, 2021 – The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce that it has
received a $30,000 grant from Amerigroup Tennessee for emergency housing needs for adults and
families who are homeless due to mental illness, substance misuse, or physical disabilities.

“Amerigroup Tennessee remains committed to working with and supporting our community partners in
creating a positive and lasting impact for those that are facing homelessness,” said Robert Garnett, plan
president, Amerigroup Tennessee. “Amerigroup recognizes that social factors, such as housing access
and assistance, are critical components of integrated healthcare and healthy communities.”

This grant will provide services for the 20 county area in rural West Tennessee that The Foundation
serves. Adults and families are referred to the program by a trained caseworker through Pathways
Behavioral Health Services or Tennessee Homeless Solutions. Once assessed and approved, funds can be
used for hotel vouchers for 30 days, first month’s rent and utilities, food boxes, bus passes and more.

“This grant from Amerigroup will provide the much-needed support and assistance for some of the most
vulnerable members of our community,” said Frank McMeen, West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
President. “By partnering with Amerigroup and community partners like Pathways, Tennessee Homeless
Solutions, and the Continuum of Care, we can illuminate the issue of homelessness in our community
and work together to find a real solution,” McMeen continued.

For more information, contact the Foundation at 731-984-2140 or email Rebecca Creasy at


About Amerigroup Tennessee
Amerigroup Tennessee, Inc. helps improve healthcare access and quality for more than 460,000
Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s various Medicaid programs. Amerigroup serves
Tennesseans by developing and delivering innovative care management programs and services.
Amerigroup Tennessee members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also
accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community
relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their healthcare.
For more information about Amerigroup, please visit our website at


About The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation was established in 1985 to strengthen the health and well-
being of our region by serving as a catalyst for positive changes in healthcare, education, the arts, and
other causes.  It provides philanthropic support for West Tennessee Healthcare and its eighteen county
service area, and it enhances the quality of life for local residents by supporting programs, initiatives,
and organizations serving rural West Tennessee.