MONTGOMERY, AL -
From: The Office of Governor Robert Bentley;
Grants totaling $39.3 million awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will assist low-income families in Alabama with home energy bills.
The grants will enable 22 community action agencies throughout the state to provide temporary assistance with electric and gas bills. Priority for assistance is given to the elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children.
"Paying for high home heating bills during the winter can be a significant challenge for low-income families or elderly residents living on extremely limited budgets," Bentley said. "This funding is intended to assist those with the greatest need."
Residents seeking assistance must apply through their local community action agencies. Eligibility is based on income, family size and available resources. If applications are approved, payments are made directly to the utility companies on behalf of residents.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants as part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funding was made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.