MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $561,527 to help low-income households in Hale County with home heating and cooling bills.
The two grants to the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization will provide emergency assistance to help low-income families heat and cool their homes in 2021. The program gives priority to low-income households with members who are especially vulnerable, including the elderly, persons with disabilities and young children.
“Low-income residents in Hale County need assistance during the coldest and hottest times of the year when heating and air conditioning needs are at their highest,” Gov. Ivey said. “These grants will offer timely help so that those residents won’t have to make difficult choices between energy bills and other needs like food and medicine.”
The Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization manages the assistance at the local level and receives applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
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. One of the grants, totaling $67,027, comes from additional funding made available through the CARES Act.
“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting these efforts to ensure those in need of assistance with utility bills in Hale County can get the help they need,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.