West Alabama Community Service Programs receives more than $200,000 from the State of Alabama to help low-income residents and seniors protect their homes from the elements.
Governor Kay Ivey this week awarded grants totaling $2.9 million through Alabama’s Bloat Assistance Program, which provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of eligible homes. Priority is given to people with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.
“Many Alabama residents on fixed incomes may struggle to pay higher utility bills, especially during the hot summer months,” Ivey said in a statement. “These grants are helping to lower the energy bills of many of them by retrofitting their homes to keep them cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.”
An energy audit is carried out for each house eligible for weatherization assistance in order to determine the most cost-effective measures. Common upgrades include installing additional insulation in the attic, walls, and floor; seal air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups of air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs. In addition to lowering energy bills, upgrades can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Grant recipients include:
- $262,554 to the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, supporting Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Macon, Perry, Russell and Shelby counties
- $53,077 to the Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa, which supports Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties
- $117,292 to the Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc., supporting Lee County
- $200,424 to the Community Action Partnership of Huntsville-Madison and Limestone Counties Inc., supporting Madison and Limestone counties
- $311,169 to Mobile Community Action Inc., supporting Choctaw, Mobile and Washington counties
- $178,804 to the Montgomery County Commission, supporting Montgomery County
- $208,922 to the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc., which supports Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston counties
- $657,473 to the Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc., which supports Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall and St. Clair counties
- $104,914 to the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc., which supports Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties
- $272,850 to Organized Community Action Program Inc., supporting Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes and Pike counties
- $180,253 to the Community Action Agency of Southern Alabama, supporting Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox counties
- $149,036 to the Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne, supporting Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega counties
- $203,232 to West Alabama Inc. community service programs, supporting Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties