$13.8 million in funds were allocated from the CARES Act to be granted to 19 community service agencies by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to assist the public as the the winter season approaches.
The grants are aimed at assisting low-income households with home energy costs in 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 in a statement made on Wednesday.
$1,431,516 was granted to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc., which serves Dallas County, as well as Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.
“These grants provide additional funding to assist in lowering the costs for many of them by making one-time emergency payments,” Ivey further stated.
The funds granted by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) are being administered from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the CARES Act.
“ADECA joins Gov. 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.”