MONTGOMERY, AL— Residents across Alabama will have a warmer holiday season this year, thanks to a $20.3 million grant awarded by Gov. Bob Riley.
The grant, awarded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps eligible low-income, elderly and disabled residents pay their utility bills. In most areas of the state, individuals who wish to be considered for assistance should contact the local Community Action Agency.
"Current economic conditions make this energy assistance more important than ever," Riley said.
Listed below are the 23 agencies receiving awards, the counties they serve and the amount of the grants to each:
- Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale) - $682,286
- Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties (Limestone, Madison) - $990,619
- Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan) - $875,556
- Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, St. Clair) - $1.36 million
- Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee (Marion, Winston) - $366,334
- Etowah County Community Services Program (Etowah) - $464,543
- Community Service Programs of West Alabama (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Tuscaloosa) - $1.2 million
- Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization (Hale) - $191,856
- Walker County Community Action Agency (Walker) - $345,793
- Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) - $2.44 million
- Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Talladega) - $878,064
- Pickens Community Action Committee and Community Development Corporation (Pickens) - $115,811
- Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee (Chilton, Shelby) - $371,896
- Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa Community Action Committee (Chambers, Coosa, Tallapoosa) - $595,875
- Dallas-Selma Community Action and Community Development Corporation (Choctaw, Dallas, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, Wilcox) - $1.22 million
- Elmore-Autauga Community Action Committee (Autauga, Elmore) - $525,590
- Alabama Council on Human Relations (Lee) - $581,769
- Montgomery Community Action Agency (Montgomery) - $989,268
- Macon-Russell Community Action Agency (Macon, Russell) - $545,653
- Organized Community Action Program (Bullock, Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Pike) - $1.24 million
- Human Resource Development Corporation (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston) - $961,598
- Mobile Community Action Agency (Mobile, Washington) - $2.33 million
- Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh Counties (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe) - $1.07 million
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.