Governor Ivey Awards More Than $37 Million in Grants to Help Low-income Families with Energy Bills, Endure State’s Cold Weather Season
MONTGOMERY – With the first real surge of winter weather in Alabama last week, Governor Kay Ivey is awarding $37.3 million in grants to ensure that many of Alabama’s neediest families are prepared for the cold weather.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program grants, issued to 21 community service agencies throughout the state, provide funds to help eligible low-income families with home-energy-related expenses. In the winter, the program helps eligible households afford the energy required to heat their houses.
“These LIHEAP funds ensure that low-income residents, including the elderly, children and those with disabilities, do not have to endure a winter without heat,” Governor Ivey said. “Often these families are forced to weigh between having heated homes or food on the table and necessary medicine, and these funds provide much-needed assistance.”
Residents apply for assistance to local community service agencies who determine eligibility based on income, family size and available resources.
Governor Ivey awarded the grants from funds provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.
“At Governor Ivey’s request, ADECA’s Energy Division is making these funds available as expedient as possible so qualified families can take advantage of this program as we enter the cold season under a winter weather advisory,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
Below is a list of the community service agencies receiving grants, their service areas and grant amounts:
Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) – $1.1 million
Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc.(Madison and Limestone) – $2.31 million
Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) – $3.04 million
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan) – $1.79 million
Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion and Winston) – $588,062
Community Action of Etowah County Inc. (Etowah) – $864,701
Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties(Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega) – $1.49 million.
Walker County Community Action Agency (Walker) – $629,320
Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) – $3.33 million
Community Services Program of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) – $4.32 million
Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc.(Pickens) – $287,068
Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc. (Hale) – $361,343
Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee Inc. (Autauga, Chilton, Elmore and Shelby) – $1.81 million
Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) – $862,929
Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) – $1.31 million
Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon and Russell) – $858,631
Montgomery Community Action Agency (Montgomery) – $2.01 million
Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike) – $2.33 million
Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston) – $1.9 million
Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) – $2.41 million
Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile and Washington) – $3.83 million
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy, water resources, job training and career development.