MONTGOMERY—Some low-income and elderly Alabama residents who need assistance reducing their utility bills will get help from grants totaling $950,000 awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.
The grants will support Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which pays contractors to improve the energy efficiency and safety of homes that qualify. The program gives priority to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.
“High energy bills can be difficult for Alabamians with limited resources,” Bentley said. “The weatherization program saves energy and lowers utility bills for our most vulnerable residents.”
An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency compact fluorescents. In addition to lowering energy bills, the improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the program from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Bentley awarded the grants to 16 community agencies across the state that manage the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.
Below is a list of each grant, the recipient agency, counties served and the agency telephone number:
•$33,409 to Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Lee, Macon and Russell) 334-262-4300
•$24,697 to Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) 256-825-4287
•$66,878 to Elmore-Autauga Community Action Committee (Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Perry and Shelby) 334-567-4361
•$20,083 to Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee) 334-821-8336
•$24,868 to Community Action of Etowah County (Etowah) 256-546-9271
•$50,757 to Community Action Partnership of Huntsville-Madison and Limestone Counties (Madison and Limestone) 256-851-9800
•$110,053 to Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) 205-327-7500
•$84,278 to Mobile Community Action Inc. (Choctaw, Mobile and Washington) 251-457-5700
•$50,455 to Montgomery County Commission (Montgomery) 334-262-4300
•$67,245 to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston) 256-355-7843
•$67,421 to Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) 256-638-4430
•$33,382 to Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) 256-766-4330
•$107,916 to Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes and Pike) 334-566-1712
•$74,805 to Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) 251-626-2649
•$58,574 to Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega) 256-362-6611
•$75,179 to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) 205-752-5429
Contact: Russell Sellers, Larry Childers