Grants Awarded to Help Low Income Families With Energy Costs

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs announced the awarding of grants to assist low-income families with energy costs.

The grants are worth $39.3 million in all.  Gov. Robert Bentley announced the funds will help low-income families in Alabama with home energy bills.

The grants will enable 22 community action agencies throughout the state to provide temporary assistance with electric and gas bills. Priority for assistance is given to the elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children.

“Paying for high home heating bills during the winter can be a significant challenge for low-income families or elderly residents living on extremely limited budgets,” Gov. Bentley said. “This funding is intended to assist those with the greatest need.”

Residents seeking assistance must apply through their local community action agencies. Eligibility is based on income, family size and available resources. If applications are approved, payments are made directly to the utility companies on behalf of residents.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants as part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funding was made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The community action agencies, counties served and grant amounts are listed below.

  • Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone) – $2,358,610. Phone: 256-851-9800
  • Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Tuscaloosa, Sumter) – $3,331,190. Phone: 205-752-5429
  • Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. (Walker) – $641,320. Phone: 205-221-4010
  • Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. (Pickens) – $292,648. Phone: 205-367-8166
  • Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes, Pike) – $2,331,889. Phone: 334-566-1712
  • Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale) – $1,149,014. Phone: 256-766-4330
  • Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, St. Clair) – $3,104,685. Phone: 256-638-4430
  • Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan) – $1,799,536. Phone: 256-355-7843
  • Montgomery Community Action Agency (Montgomery) – $2,128,337. Phone: 334-263-3474
  • Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile, Washington) – $3,911,329. Phone: 251-457-5700
  • Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion, Winston) – $588,062. Phone: 205-921-4224
  • Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon, Russell) – $858,631. Phone: 334-727-6100
  • Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) – $4,192,094. Phone: 205-327-7500
  • Human Resource Development Corp. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston) – $1,900,283. Phone: 334-347-0881
  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc. (Hale) – $361,343. Phone: 334-624-0842
  • Community Action of Etowah County Inc. (Etowah) – $894,701. Phone: 256-546-9271
  • Elmore/Autauga Community Action Committee Inc. (Autauga, Dallas, Elmore, Perry) – $1,746,532. Phone: 334-567-4361
  • Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee Inc. (Chilton, Shelby) – $968,856. Phone: 205-755-1204
  • Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa) – $863,929. Phone: 256-825-4287
  • Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, Wilcox) – $2,730,940. Phone: 251-626-2646
  • Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) – $1,337,444. Phone: 334-821-8336
  • Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Talladega) – $1,864,982. Phone: 256-362-6611

Full contact information for each agency can be found at


  • Wake Up

    This is another example of government support for local businesses. This is what is often referred to as a business friendly environment. As long as the government supports their low income workers, they do not have to pay workers a living wage. As an employer, they can keep more profit for themselves as long as the taxpayers are helping their workers pay their bills. If businesses paid living wages the workers would not be “low wage,” and therefore, would be able to pay their own bills.

  • Johnny Rychuss

    Some what true Wake Up.. Then again utilities are overpriced, And corrupt with a mafia style hierarchy. For example, When I moved into my new place I was charged $62.00 for them to knock on my door and tell me my power was all ready hooked up. It had never been turned off only put in the landlords name. Something they had in their records.. Meanwhile I am inside, With the lights and heat on.. To have some guy tell me my power did not need to be hooked up. It all ready was.. $62.00 for that.

  • Kimberly Beal

    Wonder how many of these low income folks have their iphones, big screen TV’s etc. I think it’s a matter of PRIORITIZING not employers refusing to pay a “living wage”.

    • Wake Up

      Kimberly, what makes you assume that this group of people are living the high life? Your stereotyping is not justified. The article says that these people have to prove income and assets before they get help.
      Many do have cell phones, but not iPhones. Big screen TVs are very cheap now and you can get them for little to nothing on Craigslist. Keep fighting the fight for the wealthy — they are laughing all the way to the bank when workers beat up on their fellow workers!

    • putter

      Ms. Beal , your totally correct, pay not attraction to Mr. wake up, as some one else ,on this board said ,Wake up is a SAUL ALINSKY .want to be.

  • Jones

    So sick of them helping the low income, what about the working class people, we sometimes need help too. I can see about them helping the elderly n disabled but some of these people need to get off there ass and do something with their lives. I agree with Bob, they walk around here with nails done, hair done, partying on the weekends, and can’t even get up on Monday morning to look for a job, go to school or nothing, Some of us work 2 or three jobs n still barely can feed our families, they should invest the money into education, because Alabama is so Left Behind, and if im not mistaken, half of these low income people get utility assistance already

    • putter

      Very well said, but the libs will load them up in a bus again ,and tell them who to vote for ,again. I am beginning to think, Albert Gore Sr. ,was right.

    • Wake Up

      Jones, you need to set your hate aside and settle down. The story clearly says this program is for low income people. That means they are working and are just not paid a living wage.

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