Local agency receives $28k grant for low-income utility assistance

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Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded grants totaling $1.29 million dollars to help low-income households with home energy costs, including one worth $28,549 awarded to Community Action of Etowah County Inc.

“As these record hot summer months continue, many low-income residents may struggle to afford higher electric bills along with other expenses,” Ivey said. “These grants provide additional funding to assist in lowering cooling costs for many of them.”

Ivey awarded the grants to 18 community agencies that manage the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.

Community Action of Etowah County is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the umbrella of the National Community Action Partnership created by the federal government in 1964.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The grants are supplemental to grant funds of $26 million awarded by Ivey through the state’s yearly LIHEAP allocation earlier this year.

“ADECA joins Governor Ivey in supporting those who most need assistance during this time,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Our partnerships with local community agencies ensure that many who truly need assistance receive help with high utility bills.”

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