(WTVM) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is awarding $37.6 million in grants to assist low-income families in Alabama with energy bills.
The grants, issued to 22 community service agencies throughout the state, provide funds to help low-income families heat their houses this winter.
"Alabama's most vulnerable low-income residents – small children, the elderly and those with disabilities – should not have to endure a winter without heat," Bentley said. "Without this program, many of our neediest residents would be forced to sacrifice food, medicine or some other necessity in order to stay warm in the winter."
The state is distributing the funds through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps eligible low-income households afford the energy required to heat their houses. Residents apply for assistance to local community service agencies who determine eligibility based on income, family size and available resources.
Below is a list of the community service agencies receiving grants, their service areas and grant amounts:
- Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone) – $2.35 million.
- Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) – $3.10 million.
- Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) – $1.15 million.
- Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan) – $1.79 mil¬lion.
- Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion and Winston) – $588,062.
- Community Action of Etowah County Inc. (Etowah) – $877,901.
- Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties – $1.49 million.
- Walker County Community Action Agency (Walker) – $641,320.
- Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) – $3.33 million.
- Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee Inc. (Chilton and Shelby) – $968,856.
- Community Services Program of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) – $3.26 million.
- Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. – $292,648.
- Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc. (Hale) – $354,843.
- Community Action Committee Inc of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) – $862,929.
- Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) – $1.31 million.
- Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon and Russell) – $843,031.
- Montgomery Community Action Agency (Montgomery) – $2.12 million.
- Community Action Agency of Central Alabama (Autauga, Elmore, Dallas and Perry) – $1.74 million.
- Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike) – $2.33 million.
- Human Resources Development Corp. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston) – $1.86 million.
- Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) – $2.41 million.
- Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile and Washington) – $3.91 million.
Bentley awarded the grants from funds provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.