Pike Trustee Lula Patton said her office helped 1,102 people last year, up 45 from 2006.
The office spent about $196,297 of its $200,000 emergency assistance budget.Patton
said the assistance is offered to Pike residents who suffer actual emergency situations, such as a job loss.People who aren't given financial assistance from the trustee are often referred to other agencies.After an application is accepted, the claim is researched.Assistance is granted after the investigation, typically within 72 hours."I don't know of any other agency that can turn it around so fast," Patton
said.Money is used primarily for rent and utilities, Patton
added, but the office rarely will pay the entire amount.People who are turned down are often referred to other agencies such as the Urban League
.Patton's office also has loose partnerships in the area with North Liberty Christian Church
, which runs a food pantry, and Pike High School
, which conducts food drives for people in need.The emergency assistance budget for 2008 has been increased by more than $20,000."I don't see the need going away," Patton