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Ivey Awards Nearly $2.5 Million for Emergency Housing Assistance

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — New funding has been made available to help Alabamians who are homeless or who might become homeless.

Gov. Kay Ivey announce Wednesday she is awarding nearly $2.5 million in grants from the Emergency Solutions Grant program to support organizations across the state that provide shelter, health care, and other services for families and individuals who don’t have homes.

The grant program also can assist these families with moving costs, including rental and utility deposits.

“While many of us gather with family and friends this time of year, it’s important to remember that there are some Alabamians currently struggling to keep a roof over their heads and others who don’t have a home at all,”  Ivey said in a release.

“I am pleased to award this funding to provide important aid to many families at a critical moment in their lives.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said the grants will go to 14 governments and community agencies that administer programs locally, where case managers screen applicants.

Below is a list provided by the Governor’s Office for each award, the amount awarded, the name of the grant recipient and the areas served:

  • $275,000 to the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless (Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Washington and Wilcox counties)
  • $275,000 to the city of Florence (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties)
  • $223,039 to 2nd Chance (domestic violence victims in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega counties)
  • $200,000 to Penelope House (Mobile city)
  • $200,000 to the city of Birmingham (Birmingham)
  • $250,000 to the city of Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa County)
  • $275,000 to the city of Huntsville (Huntsville)
  • $245,870 to YWCA of Central Alabama (victims of domestic violence in Blount, Jefferson, and St. Clair counties)
  • $133,786 to the Shelby County Commission (Shelby County)
  • $200,000 to Housing First (Baldwin and Mobile counties)
  • $200,000 to The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama (Baldwin and Mobile counties)
  • $20,000 to The Marshall County Home Place (Marshall County)

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