Robert Bentley fast-tracks $37.2M to assist low-income families with energy costs

Gov Robert Bentley bill signing

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced he will fast-track $37.2 million in grants to help low-income families cover home energy bills.

The Governor has moved the grants forward for immediate distribution due to the recent storms across the state.

The grants will enable 22 community action agencies throughout the Yellowhammer State to provide temporary emergency assistance with electric and gas bills and priority assistance will be given to the elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children.

“High home heating bills during the winter can be very challenging for low-income families or elderly residents living on very limited budgets,” Bentley said. “These grants will continue to provide needed assistance to residents with the greatest need.”

The community action agencies, counties served and grant amounts are listed below:

  • Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone) – $2,313,683
  • Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Tuscaloosa and Sumter) – $3,331,190
  • Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. (Walker) – $629,320
  • Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc. (Pickens) – $287,068
  • Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike) – $2,331,889
  • Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) – $1,100,014
  • Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) – $3,048,685
  • Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan) – $1,799,536
  • Montgomery Community Action Agency (Montgomery) – $2,019,137
  • Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile and Washington) – $3,836,929
  • Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion and Winston) – $588,062
  • Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon and Russell) – $858,631
  • Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) – $3,337,594
  • Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership, Inc. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston) – $1,900,283
  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc. (Hale) – $361,343
  • Community Action of Etowah County Inc. (Etowah) – $864,701
  • Community Action Agency of Central Alabama (Autauga, Dallas, Elmore and Perry) – $1,713,112
  • Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee Inc. (Chilton and Shelby) – $950,616
  • Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) – $862,929
  • Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) – $2,416,195
  • Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) – $1,137,444
  • Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega) – $1,499,982

Interested families should apply through their local action agency, who will have more information on who is eligible for this assistance. Eligibility is based on income, family size and available resources. If applications are approved, payments are made directly to the utility companies on behalf of residents.