Utility cost assistance for low-income families available

MONTGOMERY - Governor Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $13.8 million to help low-income households with home energy costs during the winter months amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The grants will enable 19 community service agencies to provide emergency funding to help low-income families, whose income was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, heat their homes this winter.
“As we enter the coldest months of the year, many low-income residents find themselves in even tougher situations due to the pandemic and may struggle to afford higher heating bills along with other needs,” Ivey said. “These grants provide additional funding to assist in lowering the costs for many of them by making one-time emergency payments.”
Ivey awarded the grants to 19 community agencies that manage the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
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 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These grants are supplemental to grant funds of $46.2 million awarded by Ivey through the state’s yearly Low Income Home Energy Assistance allocation earlier this year.
“ADECA joins Governor Ivey in supporting those who need it most during this time of need,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Our partnerships with local community agencies ensure that many who truly need assistance receive help with heating their homes during the coldest months of the year.”
Below is a list grants for north Alabama receipients, the recipient agency, counties served and the agency telephone number:
• $178,740 to Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion and Winston) 205-921-4224

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