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The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 
1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human 
services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA is a public non-profit agency that serves an 
eight county region including Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, 
McNairy and Madison counties in West Tennessee. SWHRA is a multipurpose social service 
agency. Since its inception, SWHRA has been meeting the needs of the citizens within its 
service area by developing programs through local, state and federal funding. The agency has a 
proven record of operating its programs in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible 
in order to maximize the benefits to program participants. SWHRA takes a holistic approach to 
meeting the needs of individuals and families by providing services including Head Start for 
three and four year old children, public transportation, assistance for energy needs, employment 
and training assistance for youth, adults and dislocated workers, meals, in-home services, and a 
myriad of other programs and services. 

The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 
1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human 
services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA, also a Community Action Agency, is a 
public non-profit agency that serves an eight county region including Chester, Decatur, 
Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties in West Tennessee. 
SWHRA is a multipurpose social service agency with total revenues in excess of $32 million for 
FY June 30, 2009. The agency has a current budget in excess of $31 million and is responsible 
for the administration of approximately seventy-five contracts. Since its inception, SWHRA has 
been meeting the needs of the citizens within its service area by developing programs through 
local, state and federal funding. The agency has a proven record of operating its programs in the 
most cost effective and efficient manner possible in order to maximize the benefits to program 
participants. 

SWHRA takes a holistic approach to meeting the needs of individuals and families by providing 
services including delivery of food through TEFAP, Head Start for three and four year old 
children, public transportation, assistance for energy needs, employment and training assistance 
for youth, adults and dislocated workers, meals, in-home services, and a myriad of other 
programs and services. As the service delivery vehicle for our communities, we understand the 
needs of our communities and our mission is to serve theses needs to the best of our abilities. 
Our governing board is comprised of fifty-four (54) county and city mayors within our service 
area. The agency’s programs are carried out by staff under the supervision of the Executive 
Director, whom is appointed by the SWHRA governing board. 

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The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA is a public non-profit agency that serves an eight county region including Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties...

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