Ivey Allocates grants aiding low-income Alabamians

Published 7:00 am Friday, January 5, 2024

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced the allocation of $1.7 million in grants aimed at supporting low-income residents in achieving economic self-sufficiency. These funds, provided through Community Services Block Grants, will be distributed among 18 community action agencies serving families and individuals across various counties in Alabama.

Among the agencies receiving funding is the Organized Community Action Program Inc., which will receive $72,476 to support residents in Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes, and Pike counties. Additionally, the Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. will receive $153,244 to aid residents in Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties.

In a statement, Governor Ivey expressed her commitment to providing a helping hand to those facing challenging times.

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“These agencies provide emergency assistance for immediate needs but also help put people on a path toward lasting success,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to award these grants to support these worthwhile programs.”

The grants will enable the recipient community action agencies to offer a range of programs designed to empower individuals and families. These initiatives include employment assistance, educational support, financial literacy training, and access to emergency resources such as housing, food, and healthcare services. The agencies tailor their offerings based on the specific needs of the communities they serve.

Administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), the grants are part of funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Kenneth Boswell, Director of ADECA, emphasized the importance of these programs in equipping low-income residents with the tools they need for long-term self-sufficiency. 

“The goal of these programs is to provide low-income residents with the tools they need to support themselves now and in the future,” Boswell stated. “ADECA is glad to join Gov. Ivey in supporting these agencies and the comprehensive services they provide.”

These grants represent a significant investment in the well-being of Alabama’s low-income residents, aiming to provide them with the necessary resources to achieve stability and prosperity.