After a year and a half long investigation into Piedmont Community Actions, also known as PCA, in Spartanburg, the organization has lost funding for three of their programs.
The Community Service Block Grant, The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Weatherization Assistance Program funding has been removed from the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity who regulates the federal funds for PCA.
PCA could also lose their community actions agency designation if the termination of the grant is confirmed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PCA now has until February 5, to file a request for the Department of Health and Human Services to review the Office Of Economic Opportunity’s decision on the Community Service Block Grant. If they do that, DHHS will make a decision within 90 days. There is no appeal for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program termination of funds.
The money for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program will be available through GLEAMNS, a non-profit based out of Greenwood, pending approval by the board later this week.
The CEO of GLEAMNS said people in Spartanburg will be able to get assistance from the same PCA office on Howard Street. He hopes to transition within the next week or two. He said as soon as the federal government transfers the money that was going to PCA over to his organization, they will start helping people immediately.
The funding was removed due to board members failing to follow corrective action plans and submit additional ones.
This decision was upheld by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
In 2015, PCA received $3,213,989 from the three grants for the programs that have been suspended.
PCA will have an opportunity to gain these programs back next fall when the grants go up for bid.