WIREGRASS, Ala (WDHN)— The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the state have awarded $3.3 million to programs, including two agencies that assist the Wiregrass

The Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc., which is based out of Enterprise and serves Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties, will receive $159,034 from the state.

The Organized Community Action Program Inc., which is based out of Troy and serves Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Bullock, Butler, and Lowndes counties, will receive $154,852.

According to a release from ADECA, the main goal of the Community Services Block Grants is to help low-income residents become economically self-sufficient and assist in reducing poverty in the state.

The agencies are meant to use the funds for an array of programs to assist low-income residents including training people in the skills needed to get and keep a job, helping people stay in their homes, and providing emergency assistance to those in desperate need to prevent a further decline in their life, according to ADECA.

Life’s curves sometimes cause people to be knocked down. The Community Services Block Grant programs enable those people to stand up and move forward. I am pleased to support these programs that help many residents get back on their feet both economically and mentally

Governor Kay Ivey

A total of 18 grants were awarded to community action agencies around the state:

  • Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc.– $128,343
    • Serves: Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties
  • Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties– $202,765
    • Serves: Limestone and Madison counties
  • Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc.-$682,001
    • Serves: Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties
  • Community Action Partnership of North Alabama-$192,495
    • Serves: Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, and Winston counties
  • Walker County Community Action Agency Inc.-$52,589
    • Serves: Walker County
  • Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties– $196,034
    • Serves: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega counties
  • Community Action of Etowah County Inc.-$72,914
    • Serves: Etowah County
  • Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc.-$22,537 
    • Serves: Pickens County
  • Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc.–  $318,226
    • Serves: Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Hale, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties
  • Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa– $67,471 
    • Serves: Chambers, Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties
  • Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc.-$105,823 
    • Serves: Lee County county
  • Macon-Russell Community Action Agency Inc.-$72,045
    • Serves: Macon and Russell counties
  • Organized Community Action Program Inc.– $154,852
    • Serves: Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties
  • Community Action Agency of South Alabama– $238,498
    • Serves: Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties
  • Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership Inc.-$159,034
    • Serves: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties
  • Mobile Community Action Inc.-$340,615 
    • Serves: Mobile and Washington counties

The funds for the grants were made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.