Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the award of grants totaling $3.1 million for programs that help low-income residents take steps to secure gainful employment and improve their quality of life.
The Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) will enable 20 community action agencies across the Yellowhammer State to help low-income Alabamians achieve self-sufficiency and address barriers to success through a variety of programs and services.
“Community Action Agencies offer services that support low-income families as they work to create a more stable foundation for a successful life,” Ivey said. “I commend these agencies for their work toward reducing poverty and helping families in need.”
Ivey awarded grants to the following 20 agencies:
- Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone) – $189,303.
- Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Sumter) – $297,099.
- Walker County Community Action Agency Inc. (Walker) – $49,098.
- Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corporation Inc. (Pickens) – $21,041.
- Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes, Pike) – $144,570.
- Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale) – $119,822.
- Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, St. Clair) – $242,780.
- Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan) – $139,089.
- Montgomery Community Action Committee Inc. (Montgomery) – $163,530.
- Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile, Washington) – $318,001.
- Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee Inc. (Marion, Winston) – $40,626.
- Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc. (Macon, Russell) – $67,261.
- Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) – $393,941.
- Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc. (Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston) – $148,476.
- Community Action of Etowah County Inc. (Etowah) – $68,073.
- Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama Inc. (Chilton, Shelby, Autauga, Elmore) – $142,374.
- Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa) – $62,991.
- Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, Wilcox) – $222,661.
- Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) – $98,797.
- Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Talladega) – $183,020.
The specific needs of the communities served determine which programs are available, which can include job search assistance and short-term employment skills classes, parenting classes, transitional housing, summer youth programs, financial literacy programs as well as emergency food and shelter.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Governor Ivey and I are committed to helping those agencies that offer support some of our state’s most vulnerable residents,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “ADECA’s partnership with these agencies has helped many residents and families achieve a better quality of life and created more opportunities for success.”
Residents seeking assistance should contact their local community action agency. Full contact information for each agency can be found at www.caaalabama.org/agency-list.php.