Housing funds awarded for NW AL

hamilton - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $275,000 grant to help homeless citizens in Northwest Alabama find immediate housing and to assist others who are in danger of becoming homeless.
Ivey announced the grant funding on Wednesday, Dec. 26, which is a portion of a larger $2.5 million distribution to 14 government and community agencies. The funds are  from the Emergency Solutions Grant program, whose funds are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Agency Jeff Fleming explained that the funds were distributed to the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama, which the local community action agency is a member.
“Our agency does not receive any direct funding, but we can make referrals to the agencies in Florence that the funding goes through,” Fleming said.
“There are programs that Community Action of Northwest Alabama supervises and there are shelters and agencies in the Shoals area that are equipped to provide direct assistance to the homeless from the counties listed.”
Commenting on the distribution, Ivey said, “While many of us gather with family and friends this time of year, it’s important to remember that there are some Alabamians currently struggling to keep a roof over their heads and others who don’t have a home at all.
“I am pleased to award this funding to provide important aid to many families at a critical moment in their lives.”
Below is a list of each amount awarded, the name of the grant recipient and the areas served:
• $275,000  - The City of Florence (Marion, Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Winston counties);
• $275,000 - The Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless;
• $275,000 - The City of Huntsville;
• $250,000 - The City of Tuscaloosa;
• $245,870 - Victims of Domestic Violence of Central Alabama;
• $223,039 - 2nd Chance in Anniston;
• $200,000 - Penelope House in Mobile;
• $200,000 - Housing First in Mobile;
• $200,000 - The City of Birmingham;
• $200,000 - The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama;
• $133,786 - The Shelby County Commission; and
• $20,000 - The Marshall County Home Place.
Residents seeking assistance should contact the local community action agency at 921-4224, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.