Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grant Friday afternoon as part of more than $30 million in grants to help residents statewide.
The grants will enable 22 community service agencies throughout the state to help families heat their homes this winter. Eligibility requirements are based on income, family size and available resources. Residents apply locally through the community service agencies. If applications are approved, payments are made directly to the utility companies on behalf of residents.
The Walker County Community Action Agency, located in Jasper, will receive $641,620. The funds are administered as part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. They are given by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and were made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We are very excited to receive this money,” said Deidre Tatum, the director of the WCCAA. “This will go a long way to assisting people in our area.”
Tatum said some of the grant money will be used to help seniors pay their electric bills.
“We’ve visited around the county with people 60 and over as a part of our senior citizen outreach program,” she said. “There are several of them that have already qualified for this assistance.”
Tatum said other residents who would like to apply for assistance with heating their homes should contact the WCCAA at 205-221-4010 to make an appointment.