MONTGOMERY - Community Action Partnership of North Alabama is one of 13 non-profits awarded a collective $2.9 million in grants to assist low-income and elderly residents with improvements to their homes to lower energy costs and improve home safety.
The grants support Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides funds to keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in summer and makes them more energy efficient. The grants target the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families with children.
“Alabamians on limited incomes, especially during these difficult times, can often struggle to buy medicine and groceries when having to pay high heating and cooling bills,” Ivey said. “These grants offer tremendous relief by providing weatherization measures that make vast differences in sealing homes against the elements and reducing energy costs.”
Qualified homes are assessed to determine the most cost-effective energy efficient measures. Common improvements including installing insulation in attics, walls and floors; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs and tune-ups to air-conditioning and heating units and replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient bulbs.
The improvements also reduce the risk of fires and other home hazards.
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, which serves Winston, Marion, Walker, Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan counties, received $217,595 in grant funding. Franklin County, which along with Lauderdale and Colbert counties is covered through Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, received a total of $107,309.
To reach to see if you qualify in Winston, Marion, Walker or Cullman counties, call (256) 355-7843. In Franklin County, call (256) 766-4330.
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