WINSTON COUNTY - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $46.2 million to assist low-income families in Alabama with energy bills. Locally, the Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee will receive $699,100.
"Many low-income families in Alabama are forced to weigh between staying warm or having food and prescription medicine," Ivey said. “These grants will help many elderly, disabled and families with children not have to make those choices.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP helps eligible low-income households afford the energy required to heat their houses. Residents apply for assistance through local community service agencies who determine eligibility based on income, family size and available resources.
Franklin County, along with Colbert and Lauderdale, will receive $1.25 million through the Community Action Agency of NW Alabama. Cullman, Law-rence and Morgan counties will receive $2.3 million through Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, and Walker County will receive $779,220, through the Walker County Community Action Agency.
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