By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced awards of almost $2.8 million for programs that the state hopes will help lift low-income residents out of poverty.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) announced that the Community Services Block Grants will be distributed to 18 community action agencies to provide services to eligible individuals and families in Alabama.
“On occasion, some Alabamians find themselves in dire economic situations and need assistance to get back on their feet,” Ivey said. “The funds from this grant program will provide the needed boost to help them rise from those depths and improve their quality of life.”
ADECA said in the statement that the agencies will use the funds for a range of programs including ones that teach the skills and knowledge to obtain jobs, help participants maintain the ability to stay in their homes and provide emergency assistance to prevent further declines in their lives. The types of assistance will be determined by the local agencies based on the needs of their regions.
ADECA is administering the grants from federal funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey in this program that encourages people to reach their goals and lead successful lives,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
The agencies, amounts and coverage areas include:
Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. $123,117 in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties.
Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties – $195,509 (Limestone and Madison counties)
Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. – $249,459 (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties)
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama – $184,657 (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan and Winston counties)
Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. – $50,488 (Walker County)
Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties – $188,052 (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega counties)
Community Action of Etowah County Inc. – $69,945 (Etowah County)
Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $21,619 (Pickens County)
Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. – $305,269 (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Hale, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties)
Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa – $64,724 (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties)
Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama Inc. – $146,290 (Autauga, Chilton, Elmore and Shelby counties)
Montgomery Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $168,027 (Montgomery County)
Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. – $101,514 (Lee County)
Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. – $69,111 (Macon and Russell counties)
Organized Community Action Program Inc. – $148,547 (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike counties)
Community Action Agency of South Alabama – $228,786 (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties)
Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. – $152,559 (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties)
Mobile Community Action Inc. – $326,747 (Mobile and Washington counties)
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.
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