MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $35,110 grant to help ensure that victims of domestic and related violence in southwest Alabama are not subject to illness while receiving care.
Funds to Penelope House Inc. in Mobile will be used to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses, including COVID-19, among victims who require shelter and other services with the Mobile-based agency. Penelope House provides services for victims of domestic violence and dating violence in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties.
“Penelope House has for years provided a safe refuge for domestic violence victims from four southwest Alabama counties who have nowhere else to turn,” Gov. Ivey said. “This funding will ensure that the facility remains a safe haven for victims not only from their abusers but also from illnesses such as COVID-19.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“ADECA supports Gov. Ivey and Penelope House in their aim to make sure victims are not exposed to any outbreaks of COVID-19 or other dire illnesses,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “This precautionary action will ensure the health of victims.”
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
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