Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $2.5 million to assist Alabamians who are homeless or close to becoming homeless.
The funds from the Emergency Solutions Grants program will assist local governments and nonprofit agencies to provide housing and other related services to homeless people or people facing homelessness.
“Emergency Solutions Grants are a measure to help people who for a number of reasons find themselves in need of a safe shelter,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these governments and organizations for assisting these individuals and families by ensuring they have secure housing during a time of great need.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
“With help from this grant program, local governments and nonprofits have been able to step in to help people in Alabama with emergency housing needs,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in commending the work those organizations do to help people who are going through rough times.”
Those awarded grants are:
- City of Florence – $329,060. The city will assist the homeless and those who are near homelessness in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties through the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, The Salvation Army of the Shoals and MOM’s Inc.
- City of Huntsville – $400,000. Huntsville will contract with several groups to provide housing and shelter needs for people in Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties. The contracted groups are AshaKiran, Community Action Partnership, Crisis Services of North Alabama, Disabled American Veterans, Family Services Center Inc. First Stop, Hands Across Decatur, North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, New Futures and The Salvation Army.
- Marshall County Home Place Inc. (Guntersville) – $36,000. The organization will provide emergency shelter in Marshall County.
- Second Chance Inc. (Anniston) – $240,000. The organization will provide rapid re-housing and emergency shelter for individual and family victims of domestic violence in Calhoun, Cherokee, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega counties.
- The Right Place for Housing and Support (Anniston) – $250,000. This organization will provide street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing for people living Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb and Etowah counties.
- City of Tuscaloosa – $200,000. The city will work with The Salvation Army, SAN Inc. (Turning Point) and Temporary Emergency Services Inc. to help people in Tuscaloosa including domestic violence victims and their children.
- Shelby County Commission – $150,000. The county will contract for assistance to the homeless and homeless prevention services, including victims of domestic violence, for people in Shelby County.
- Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless Inc.- $375,000. The organization, more commonly known as Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, will work with Family Promise of Montgomery, Montgomery Area Family Violence Program Inc., Friendship Mission Inc. and HandsOn River Region to assist homeless and at-risk homeless persons in Montgomery, Autauga, Bullock, Elmore and Lowndes counties.
- Housing First Inc. (Mobile) – $175,000. The organization will provide street outreach and homeless prevention and rapid rehousing for people in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
- The Salvation Army (Mobile) – $200,000. The Salvation Army will provide emergency shelter in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
- Penelope House Inc. (Mobile) – $175,000. Penelope House will house Mobile County victims of domestic violence and their children.