Ala. Gov. Bentley awards $1.8 million for emergency housing assistance

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $1.8 million to help homeless Alabamians find immediate housing and to assist others who are in danger of becoming homeless.

The funds from the Emergency Solutions Grant program will provide shelter, legal and health services and money-management education for families and individuals who are without a residence. The program also can help these families with costs associated with moving to a new apartment or home including utility deposits and deposits needed for a rental property.

"During hard times, some residents may need temporary assistance to provide shelter for themselves and their families," Bentley said. "These grants will prevent homelessness by giving a helping hand to Alabamians at a time of critical need."

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bentley awarded the grants to 13 local governments and community agencies across the state that administer the program at the local level and assess needs of individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.

Local case managers screen applicants for program eligibility. An individual or family requesting assistance can contact their local agency directly or may receive a referral to the program by a local shelter.

Below is a list of each amount awarded, the name of the grant recipient and the counties or areas served. Local counties are in bold:

$30,000 to Marshall County Commission (Marshall County)

$180,000 to city of Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa County)

$180,000 to Shelby County Commission (Shelby County)

$180,000 to city of Huntsville (Huntsville)

$180,000 to city of Birmingham (Birmingham)

$180,000 to city of Gadsden (Etowah County)

$132,866 to Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless (Montgomery, Autauga, Bullock, Elmore and Lowndes counties)

$40,000 to YWCA Central Alabama (Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, Walker and St. Clair counties)

$169,539 to 2nd Chance Inc. (Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega counties)

$180,000 to Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless (Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Washington and Wilcox counties)

$180,000 to Safeplace Inc. (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties)

$105,710 to AIDS Action Coalition of Huntsville (Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties)

$105,710 to Penelope House Family Violence Center Inc. (Mobile County)