Local agencies receive grants to weatherize homes for elderly, low-income residents
MONTGOMERY—Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $494,875 to assist low-income and elderly Alabama residents with weatherizing their homes to lower energy costs.
Among the 13 organizations awarded grant monies, the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. received $35,954. The local organization serves Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston counties.
The grants support Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority for assistance is given to people with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.
“In the midst of the hot summer months in Alabama, elderly, disabled and low-income residents on fixed incomes can struggle to afford utility bills to keep their houses cool and comfortable,” Gov. Ivey said. “These grants will assist in lowering the energy bills for those that qualify for assistance by updating their homes to keep them cooler during the summer.”
An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs. In addition to lowering energy bills, the improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting those who need it most through the Weatherization Assistance Program,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The partnerships with these community agencies ensure that many underserved residents receive help in preparing their homes to stay cooler for the hottest part of the year both now and in the future.”
Organizations will receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance. The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. Can be reached by calling 256-355-7843.