Grants Issued to Beat the Heat

By awarding grants totaling $924,255 to assist low-income and elderly Alabama residents, Governor Kay Ivey is supporting local agencies to lower energy costs this summer.

The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provide funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income households with children.

“Those living with limited and fixed incomes, including elderly and disabled residents, often struggle to pay higher utility bills in the hot summer months,” Ivey said. “I am pleased that these grants will help make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, freeing up funds in their budget for other essentials.”

An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies to determine the most cost-effective measures. Common improvements include installing insulation, sealing air leaks, repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning or heating units, and using high-efficiency light bulbs.

Ivey awarded the grants to 14 community action agencies across the state. The funds are made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Locally, the Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc., which serves Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties, received $77,180. To see if your household qualifies for weatherization assistance, call (205) 752-5429.