MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $965K in grants to help low-income and elderly Alabama residents weatherize their homes to lower energy costs.
The grants, totaling $964,862, support Alabama's Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to people with disabilities, elderly residents, and low-income households with children.
"Many elderly and disabled residents are living on very limited incomes and often struggle to pay higher utility bills," Ivey said. "These grants will help permanently lower the energy bills for many residents by making upgrades to keep their houses cool during these hot summer months."
Weatherization includes installing extra insulation in attics, walls and floors; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs. The improvements, in addition to lowering energy bills, can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.
Ivey awarded the grants to 14 community agencies throughout the state that manage the program. Below is a list of each grant, the recipient agency, counties served and the agency telephone number:
• $88,671 to Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Perry, Russell and Shelby) 334-262-4300
• $33,145 to Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) 256-825-4287
• $24,570 to Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) 334-821-8336
• $62,990 to Community Action Partnership of Huntsville-Madison and Limestone Counties, Inc. (Madison and Limestone) 256-851-9800
• $96,602 to Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) 205-327-7500
• $93,956 to Mobile Community Action Inc. (Choctaw, Mobile and Washington) 251-457-5700
• $61,247 to Montgomery County Commission (Montgomery) 334-262-4300
• $78,713 to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston) 256-355-7843
• $75,782 to Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) 256-638-4430
• $33,966 to Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) 256-766-4330
• $112,151 to Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes and Pike) 334-566-1712
• $70,760 to Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) 251-626-2646
• $55,430 to Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega) 256-362-6611
• $76,879 to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) 205-752-5429
Interested people should contact their local agency to apply for weatherization assistance.