Almost $6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to several public and private organizations in Alabama to provide services for victims of violent crime.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, there were 12,389 violent crimes in Alabama in 2020, the year with the most recent data. The most crime-ridden areas included Jefferson, Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties.
Like other recent grants, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will distribute the money to the 17 agencies.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources will receive $1.8 million to provide services to elders who were neglected and abused in the state, and the Office of Prosecution Services will receive $613,772 to prosecutive violent offenders and provide other legal services to victims.
Most of the other organizations receiving money are private nonprofits. These include:
The Montgomery area Family Violence Center: $345,341
Victims of Crime and Leniency of Montgomery: $169,617
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: $85,950
Thrive Alabama: $74,092
Asha Kiran of Huntsville: $499,465
Family Services Center of Huntsville: $84,995
Family Services Center of Calhoun County Inc. in Anniston: $44,885
Second Chance Inc. of Anniston: $102,807
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham: $319,925
Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc. of Birmingham: $138,475
One Place Family Justice Center of Montgomery: $680,601
Wiregrass Angel House in Dothan: $159,485
Penelope House of Mobile: $269,547
Family Counseling Center of Mobile Inc.: $132,153
Humane Society of Shelby County in Columbiana: $45,124
According to ADECA, the money to the Humane Society of Shelby County is intended to help owners board pets while fleeing dangerous situations.
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