By Sheila Duncan 

Several organizations in West Alabama that provide community services have been awarded grants to help low-income households pay for air conditioning during the hot summer months. These grants will help ensure that those in need have access to cooling relief. 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced the awards this week; the statewide total in grants is nearly $26 million. 

Governor Ivey stated, “The sweltering temperatures of Alabama’s summer season can be a particularly difficult burden on low-income residents who are already struggling to make ends meet. These grants are being provided to help these families cope with the financial strain of paying utility bills and other necessities.” 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing grants through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for eligible individuals and organizations. 

West Alabama agencies getting grants include: 

  • Community Service Programs of West Alabama, serving Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties: Receiving $2.18 million 
  • Walker County Community Action Agency, serving Walker County: Receiving $417,000 
  • Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corporation, serving Pickens County: Receiving $116,000 

If you’re in need of assistance with bills, housing, or any other need, you can call the  United Way of West Alabama’s 211 serviceand relate to resources.