Agency awarded $748k for low-income assistance

Jeff Fleming

HAMILTON - The Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Agency has been awarded more than $748,000 in grants.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Thursday, Dec. 13, that the local low-income assistance agency was being given $40,626  in a Community Services Block Grant, as well as a grant of $708,340 to assist low-income families with their utility bills.
The Community Services Block Grants will fund several of the agencies programs and services.
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 and emergency food and shelter.
Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Agency Jeff Fleming that the state has consolidated two annual energy-assistance distributions in to one this year.

In the past, the agency would receive its funding twice a year— once for heating costs and the other for cooling costs.
Fleming explained that combining the two distributions is what gave the local agency such a large lump sum.
“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.”
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.
“Gov. Ivey and I are committed to helping those agencies that offer support to some of our state’s most vulnerable residents,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “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 the local community action agency, which can be reached at 921-4224, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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