ALABAMA (WHNT) – Over a dozen community action programs across the state have been granted to help low-income residents become economically self-sufficient, thus alleviating poverty.
Governor Kay Ivey awarded $3.3 million in Community Services Block Grants to be given to 18 agencies that provide services to eligible individuals and families in Alabama.
“Life’s curves sometimes cause people to be knocked down,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement. “The Community Services Block Grant programs enable those people to stand up and move forward. I am pleased to support these programs that help many residents get back on their feet both economically and mentally.”
The agencies will use the funds for a range of programs, including some that train people in the skills needed 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 each region.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grants from 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 allows people the opportunity to improve their circumstances and lead good lives,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said in a statement.
The grants will be distributed to the following agencies:
- Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. – $128,343 (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties)
- Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties – $202,765 (Limestone and Madison counties)
- Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. – $682,001 (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties)
- Community Action Partnership of North Alabama – $192,495 (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan and Winston counties)
- Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. – $52,589 (Walker County)
- Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties – $196,034 (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega counties)
- Community Action of Etowah County Inc. – $72,914 (Etowah County)
- Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $22,537 (Pickens County)
- Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. – $318,226 (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Hale, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties)
- Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa – $67,471 (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties)
- Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama Inc. – $152,498 (Autauga, Chilton, Elmore and Shelby counties)
- Montgomery Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $175,159 (Montgomery County)
- Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. – $105,823 (Lee County)
- Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. – $72,045 (Macon and Russell counties)
- Organized Community Action Program Inc. – $154,852 (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike counties)
- Community Action Agency of South Alabama – $238,498 (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties)
- Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. – $159,034 (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties)
- Mobile Community Action Inc. – $340,615 (Mobile and Washington counties)