ARLEY - The Arley Town Council voted unanimously to participate in the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program administrated by ADECA at its monthly meeting on Aug. 1.
ADECA was tasked with administering the program in March after Alabama received $11.1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “to aid with residential water and wastewater service costs for low-income households,” according to a March 17 ADECA press release.
At the time of the press release, those whose annual income did not exceed 150 percent of the federally established poverty level were eligible for assistance.
ADECA partnered with local community service agencies to “manage the program at the local level and receive applications.” The agency that serves Winston County is the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc., which has offices in Double Springs (205-489-5448) and Haleyville (205-486-7239).
Town Clerk Tammi Farley said people who are approved to receive this assistance will be allocated a certain amount of funds and that when those funds run out they will resume paying their water bills in full themselves.
ADECA requires participating water and wastewater works to enter a vendor agreement.
Council Member Bobby Smith moved to do so, Council Member Roger Fincher seconded the motion and all present voted in favor. Council Member Devin Guthrie was not present.
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