Gov. Ivey awards over $22 million to help those left homeless due to COVID-19

Published 11:47 am Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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MONTGOMERY– Marengo County is included among the counties set to receive assistance from Gov. Ivey’s Office.

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $22 million to help Alabamians who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic obtain shelter and other assistance to get back on their feet.

The funds from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program will enable 15 regional agencies to provide shelter, legal and health services and other assistance to individuals and families who face losing their homes or are already homeless during the pandemic.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges for families around the globe,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am proud to direct these funds to benefit those greatly impacted in our own state. These grants will support programs and organizations that are able to provide at least some relief to many who are without a place of their own or at risk of becoming homeless.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management, and recreation development.

“Emergency Solutions Grants provide vital help to so many who find themselves in troubled times,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA supports Gov. Ivey’s efforts to help those most directly affected by the global pandemic.”

Listed are the awarded agencies, the amount and area served:

City of Huntsville – $1.8 million (city of Huntsville)

Northwest Alabama Housing Services – $117,785 (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties)

City of Florence – $828,300 (Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston and Lawrence counties)

Legal Services Alabama Inc. – $1.5 million (Cherokee, DeKalb and Etowah counties)

YWCA of Central Alabama – $114,125 (Blount, Jefferson and St. Clair counties)

Shelby County Commission – $219,892 (Shelby County)

Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless Inc. – $1.7 million (Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, Bullock and Lowndes counties)

First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – $830,632 (Montgomery and Bullock counties)

City of Tuscaloosa – $742,539 (Tuscaloosa County)

Salvation Army – $448,224 (city of Mobile)

Family Counseling Center of Mobile Inc. – $710,058 (Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties)

Housing First Inc. – $1 million (Mobile and Baldwin counties)

Family Promise of Baldwin County Inc. – $993,819 (Baldwin County)

Penelope House Inc. – $1 million (city of Mobile)

Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless Inc. – $10 million (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)